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Twenty-four graduating high school student-athletes, representing Harford County's 12 senior classes, will be honored at the 27th Annual Al Cesky Scholarship Fund's awards banquet. The banquet will be Wednesday at the Richlin Ballroom, beginning at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40 each, with a student price of $35. Call 410-838-6787 for further information.
Two of the scholarship winners, one male and one female, will receive scholarship awards amounting to $5,000 each from the Cesky fund to help defray the cost of their post-secondary education. The remaining 22 winners will each receive $2,000 scholarships for a combined total of $54,000. Nominations are mainly based on the graduating high schools student's academic and athletic achievement along with demonstrated leadership, community service experience and financial need.
Vinny Cerrato, former executive vice president for football operations (general manager) for the Washington Redskins and commentator for 105.7 the FAN, will be the guest speaker. Former sportscaster Jack Dawson will be the master of ceremonies.
Of the 12 young men and 12 young women being honored, all intend to further their education. Twelve are three-sport athletes and 18 served as team captains at the varsity level. Fourteen earned all-county honors, six earned all-conference recognition and two were recognized with all-metro or all-state accolades.
Academically, 21 nominees are distinguished honor roll students and 21 belong to the National Honor Society. Five have earned recognition as advanced placement scholars and three are National Merit Scholars.
Nine students are members of the school band, orchestra or choir and two have been involved in drama or musical productions. Two serve on the staffs of the school newspaper, eight are active in student government affairs and four hold class offices.
All of the winners are service volunteers in their schools, churches or community. Besides their academic studies and extracurricular activities, almost all work part-time, including jobs as referees, youth coaches, camp counselors, lifeguards, babysitters, food service workers, cashiers and retail staff.
Selection committees within the individual schools nominated the 24 scholarship recipients. The scholarship fund selection committee then anonymously reviews the applications submitted, using these same criteria, to select the two $5,000 winners.
This year's seniors are Lucy Daghir and Hunter Bachman (Aberdeen); Emily Gryglewski and Ryan Monardo (Bel Air); Danielle King and Grant Caspero (C. Milton Wright); Elissa Dzambasow and Eric Glover (Edgewood); Katie LaHatte and Jason Lawrence (Fallston); Brianna Coleman and Vince Wilson (Harford Christian); Britni Barber and Marcos Pelaez (Harford Tech); Katie Bubb and David Amici (Havre de Grace); Miranda Ripken and Jon Galarraga (John Carroll); Breana Hagwood and Jeremy Clark (Joppatowne); Sarah Heaps and Kevin Mooney (North Harford); and Rachel Eberius and Matt Golczewski (Patterson Mill).