Senior scholar-athletes feted at OCIAA breakfast

Local honorees: Alyssa Detwiler and Aidan O’Connor of Chester; Hayley Winship and Thomas Stickley of Goshen; and Elizabeth McLean and John Zick of Burke Catholic


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  • Aidan O'Connor of Chester




  • Hayley Winship of Goshen




  • Thomas Stickley of Goshen




  • John Zick of Burke Catholic




  • Elizabeth McLean of Burke Catholic




— High school seniors who have distinguished themselves both in the classroom and the athletic arena were honored May 22 at the annual OCIAA Scholar Athlete Awards Breakfast held at Kuhl’s Highland House in Middletown.

The event was attended by 293 people, including honorees, their families, school district personnel, members of the OCIAA Executive Committee, sponsors, local media, and government officials. Honorees from local schools include Alyssa Detwiler and Aidan O’Connor of Chester; Hayley Winship and Thomas Stickley of Goshen; and Elizabeth McLean and John Zick of Burke Catholic. (See their bios, below.)

The keynote speaker was Nicole Feller Lee, a Valley Central High School alumni and track standout awarded the Scholar Athlete Award in 1989. She worked as a broadcast journalist for many years and currently works in public relations. Lee is the founder of the Corinne Feller Memorial Fund, for which she promoted numerous events and raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for ovarian cancer research and spread awareness of this deadly disease that took the life of her sister.

Steve Neuhaus, Orange County Executive, and David Hoovler, Orange County District Attorney, also spoke at the breakfast. The master of ceremonies was Michael Kroemer, Cornwall High School Athletic Director.

Two students, Josiah Spain (James I. O'Neill High School) and Victoria Mirecki (Washingtonville High School), received Scholar Athlete of the Year Awards. Robert Buckley (Monticello High School) was the recipient of the Tyler Muise Award.

The OCIAA Scholar Athlete Awards Breakfast is coordinated by the Orange-Ulster BOCES Athletic Coordinator’s Office, which is part of a BOCES cooperative service offered to school districts. The office serves the needs of the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA), the Mid-Hudson Athletic League (MHAL) and Section IX Athletic Council.

Alyssa DetwilerChester Academy

GPA: 96.7

Class rank: 3

Sport: Soccer

Achievements: National Honor Society, GSA, Jazz Band, Band, Odyssey of the Mind, Varsity Soccer Captain, NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Award

Community service: Coaching Youth Soccer

Future plans: To attend SUNY New Paltz and major in mathematics

Aidan O’ConnorChester Academy

GPA: 99.5

Class rank: 2

Sports: Soccer, indoor track, outdoor track and field

Achievements: National Honor Society, Band, Soccer—Captain (1 year), Indoor Track—Captain (3 years), Coaches Award (3 years), Division Title/School Record Holder in 4x200 Relay, Outdoor Track—Captain (2 years), School Record Holder in 4x100 Relay and 3200m

Community service: Beautiful People, Youth Soccer Clinic, Jingle Bell Run 5K for Arthritis Awareness, Charity Soccer Games for Arthritis, Leukemia, and Diabetes

Future plans: To attend Colgate University and major in mathematics

Hayley WinshipGoshen High School

GPA: 97.86

Sports: Swimming, lacrosse

Achievements: National Honor Society Treasurer, Orchestra (Violist), Math Team, Book Club, Leo Club, Student Voice, Leadership Institute, Swim and Lacrosse Team Captain, Lacrosse Gladiator’s Award

Community service: Girl Scouts Gold Award Project, volunteer and donate at several NY Blood Drives, School Spirit events

Future plans: To attend SUNY Oneonta and major in Dietetics to become a Registered Dietitian

Thomas StickleyGoshen High School

GPA: 96.88

Sport: Soccer

Achievements: National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society, Leo Club, Team Captain, Varsity 845 Player of the Year, First and Second Teams All-Section, Second Team All-State, Second Team All-Region, State Regional Finalist

Community service: Goshen Food Pantry, Leo Club, National Honor Society, volunteer coach for Goshen Spirit girls soccer team

Future plans: To attend Fairfield University with a major in Finance and minor in Sports Management. "I am hoping to someday combine business and my love for athletics. Also playing Division I Soccer."

Elizabeth McLeanJohn S. Burke Catholic High School

GPA: 4

Sports: Cross country, indoor track, outdoor track and field

Achievements: National Honor Society Treasurer, National English Honor Society, Band, FMJ, ACE Mentoring, Six Varsity Letters

Community service: Soup Kitchen at St. Margaret’s, Vacation Bible School, Thrall Library Summer Programs

Future plans: To attend Stevens Institute of Technology or RPI and major in engineering

John ZickJohn S. Burke Catholic High School

GPA: 96.54

Sports: Cross country, indoor track, outdoor track and field

Achievements: National Honor Society, Track Most Improved, MVP, Captain, ranked 6th in State for 4x800m relay

Community service: 4-H, NHS

Future plans:

To attend Wilkes University and major in nursing; planning to become a nurse practitioner








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