Who's your High School MVP?
Melrose Credit Union is awarding senior athletes with $10,000 in college scholarships!
Tell us who you think is the best, the brightest and most giving high school senior athlete from your community.
Each month one (1) MVP finalist will be showcased on ESPNNewYork.com.
Last year marked a new chapter in the Melrose MVP Scholarship program. For the first time ever, all five (5) Finalists were awarded scholarships with the top MVP being awarded $5,000! This year, we're continuing with this exciting new program.
We Want to Hear About It
High School Senior Student Athletes who are leaders on the field, off the field and in their community. Whether it's donating time to charitable organizations, maintaining great grades or contributing to the community in a positive way, we want to hear all about it!
Nominate your high school senior athlete between now and Dec. 31, 2014.
Four (4) MVP Finalists plus one (1) Wild Card Finalist-selected from a pool of runner ups- will be invited to the Melrose MVP Scholarship Awards Dinner in early 2015.
Check out photos and a video from last year's event here.
Click the link below to begin your nomination. You'll have to submit your information first. Please give as much information as possible regarding your nominee.
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Submissions for the 2014 season are now closed.
Livingston High School
David is currently the Captain of the Varsity Ice Hockey Team here at Livingston High School. He was granted All Conference honorable mention for the years 2013-2014. David was named Rookie of the Year as a freshman and also named Heart of the Lancer and Athlete of the Week as well in his Junior year. He is a great role model for his teammates to follow and was assistant captain as a junior which is an honor not normally given to juniors. These appointments demonstrate that David has earned the respect and admiration of both his peers and his coaches. Lancer Varsity Ice Hockey coach Dave Conklin says " his importance and success of the team goes way beyond scoring, he is a main player in our system, penalty killing, power play and even strength. He is one of our go to players and is constantly going up against the opponents top players."
In the classroom David maintains a rigorous course schedule and excels in his academic subjects taking AP and Honors classes. He was accepted into the National Honor Society, Math Honor Society and Science honor society where he is the Director of Student Tutoring. It doesn't stop there, David also challenged himself being accepted into Livingston High School's prestigious Science Research Program which is a 3 year commitment in which David researched the range of motion in patients who had Artifical Disc Replacement performed on them for the treatment of herniated discs. He also won the ExploraVision Honorable mention, a science competition that encourages students to imagine what technology might be present in the future. When not engrossed in his academics or athletics he is a hockey instructor at various clinics and is a teaching assistant at the local synagogue. David plans on going to medical school where he hopes to become a surgeon.
December Honorable Mentions
North Salem High School
Shayna Levy's accomplishments as a student athlete are only exceeded by her success in the classroom and in the community. Over the past 4 years Shayna has led her soccer team to two Quarterfinal and two Semifinal playoff berths, the last two years as captain of the team. Her game winning header in overtime in this year's round of 16, while wearing a "shiner" and a rapidly closing right eye from a collision earlier in the game, helped propel her team to the next round. A 2-time All-State, 2-time League Player of the Year and 2-time All-Section player, Shayna will graduate early from North Salem High School and take her prodigious soccer talent to Israel in February to join the Israeli Women's Under 19 National Soccer Team. This Con Edison Athlete of the Week and 2-time Journal News All-Star will help Israel host the Women's Under 19 European Championships this coming July.
In the classroom, Shayna carries a weighted 99.29 GPA while completing a rigorous course load that includes many Honors and AP classes. She is a member of the National Honor Society, the Math Honor Society and the English Honor Society. Shayna has served as Vice-President and Secretary of the Student Council. She has been President of the school chapter of Amnesty International. As a member of the esteemed Northern Westchester Hospital Junior Leadership Council, Shayna's work with that group over 3 years has helped her to bring key health issues to the attention of her peers. Even while participating in so many activities, Shayna still had time to tutor middle school children in her role as a volunteer peer tutor. Tutoring, along with many other volunteer activities contributed to over 200 hours of community service through Shayna's first 3 years of high school. Despite the many accolades she has been afforded, Shayna remains humble to the core and has always reached a helping hand to fellow students and teammates. Among her friends and family, she is an absolute treasure who is thoughtful, kind and selfless. Bob Martin, her North Salem Tigers High School Coach, said it best: "This is a team first kid. Without a doubt she's got great leadership qualities and meant a great deal to our team. And, she's a better person than she is an athlete. She's 4.0 as a kid, too!"
Great Neck South High School
Ethan Volk is a well-rounded individual and the true definition of what a student-athlete should be. As a student, he has a high A average at Great Neck South High School, while taking a full course load of AP and Honor classes. As an athlete, Ethan has been a three-sport athlete during almost all of his high school years. He was a 4-year member of the school soccer team, and was the starting varsity goalie during his two years on the varsity team. Ethan was named a Scholar Athlete by the Nassau County Soccer Coaches Association, and earned the Scholar Athlete designation for soccer from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association. The soccer team made the playoffs during 11th grade, and made it to the county semifinals during 12th grade. He was a member of the school basketball team for 3 of his 4 years in high school, and is currently a backup shooting guard on the varsity team. During the spring season, Ethan was a member of the baseball team for the first three years of high school, and will likely play as a senior as well. He is a first baseman on the varsity team, and acted as captain of his junior varsity team. Ethan also earned the Scholar Athlete designation from the New York State Public High School Athletic Association for baseball.
Besides being an athlete, Ethan is involved in many other extracurricular activities and holds a variety of leadership positions. He has been an active member of his school's DECA club during his entire high school career, and has served on the Executive Board as Vice President and Treasurer. Ethan qualified for the State DECA Competition all four years of high school, and qualified for the International Competition the past two years (and will try again to qualify for the International Competition in March). In addition, he is currently the co-editor of his school's newspaper, The Southerner, and previously served as editor of the Sports section. Ethan is also active in his community. Last year, he volunteered as an assistant coach on a special needs basketball team. He has also performed numerous community service activities as a member of the Temple Israel of Great Neck Youth House, including spending 5 days helping to clean up the Long Beach area after Hurricane Sandy, as well as visiting local assisted living facilities. In 2014, Ethan was awarded the Dartmouth College Book Award by the Dartmouth Club of Long Island, awarded to "a junior in the top 5% of his/her class, who has demonstrated intellectual leadership and made a positive contribution to the extracurricular life of the school." Ethan will be attending The Wharton School at The University of Pennsylvania in the fall.
Amanda Carolan is everything you can ask for in an individual and more. She is an extremely passionate, talented and determined student-athlete. She is an excellent role model and her enthusiasm for success is contagious. Amanda is a four-year varsity soccer player and has been a team captain for the last two years. This past fall Amanda ended her soccer career at Central Regional holding the school record for Most Career Goals (108), Most Career Assists (47), and Most Career Points (371). Over the last four years Amanda has helped lead her team to 62 wins, 3 divisional titles, the Shore Conference Finals, and the Group III State Sectional Finals 3 times. She has been the team's Most Valuable Player for the past two seasons and was selected to the All State Second Team, All Group III First Team, and All Shore First Team. Amanda is also a captain and the Most Valuable Player of Central's varsity lacrosse team and was selected All Shore Second Team.
Amanda is not only a leader and inspiration on the field but in her school and community as well. She has won the Athletic Academic Award for Outstanding Scholar Athlete for Highest GPA for the past 3 years. She has a current Grade Point Average of 105.58 and is ranked 2nd out of 303 students. She is a peer leader and was vice president of her class her freshman and sophomore years. She is currently a member of the National Honor Society and the Math, Science, and Spanish National Honor Societies. Amanda can also be found helping out children through the Ocean County Library's SAIL program and various sports clinics. Amanda plans to major in Mathematics and will be playing soccer for Georgetown University in the fall.
Pelham Memorial HS
Jordan Salama is one of Pelham Memorial High School's most accomplished student-athletes and he is a winner in our classrooms, community and athletic fields. In 2013, Jordan helped our school's Varsity Boys Soccer Team win its first NYS Section 1, Class A Championship in nineteen years. Jordan scored seven goals and assisted on eight others in his Varsity career, including a "wonder goal" against Edgemont High School this season: a bicycle-kick goal from the top of the 18-yard box that found the top corner of the net, a goal that would be the eventual game-winner in the match. The consummate team player, Jordan's work ethic and commitment to excellence echo our school's motto "Inspiring a Standard of Excellence for All Students." Jordan's rigorous course program, including multiple Honors and Advanced Placement courses, has challenged him to be one of Pelham's best and brightest students and he boasts a weighted GPA of 99.965. Outside the classroom and soccer field, Jordan is the creator, producer and host of The Pelican Brief with Jordan Salama, a local public access talk show (FIOS channel 42, Cable channel 77) featuring students, teachers, and administrators discussing events and opportunities in the school district. He is also President of Kids Against Palm Oil, an organization Jordan founded in middle school dedicated to educating students and adults around the world about the devastating effects of non-sustainable palm oil farming on the Southeast Asian rainforest ecosystem. Scholar, athlete, activist and artist, Jordan truly inspires a standard of excellence here at our school.
Monroe Township HS
Jenna Parisen is a well-rounded young lady who is involved in her school and community. She has a 3.95 GPA and ranked in the top 15 % of her class. She has been on the Honor Roll every marking period at Monroe Township High School during her High School career along with being the Treasurer for the Class of 2015. She is involved in the state as a State Officer for NJ DECA. In addition she has done mission work for her church in Appalachia in Tennessee and Pennsylvania during her summers. She plans on doing mission work in Uganda in December of 2015. Jenna will be attending Liberty University in the fall.
Jenna has had a decorated athletic career in field hockey at Monroe Twp. High School. She is one of our top field hockey players in school history. She holds the school record for most goals scored (67) in a career along with 37 assists. She captained the most successful field hockey team in school history going undefeated in the regular season, winning the division and county championships and setting the school record for wins at 19. She was just selected by the Home News and Tribune as the Area Field Hockey Player of the Year. She was also selected as the Greater Middlesex Conference Field Hockey Player of the Year and earned 1st Team All-Conference and 2nd Team All State Group 4 selection in 2014. Jenna also earned 1st Team All-Conference and 3rd Team All State Group 4 selection in 2013. As a sophomore she was also 2nd team All-Conference in 2012.
Staten Island Academy
Sade Dinkins was the recipient of Staten Island Academy's 2012 William Winter Scholarship. This scholarship is awarded to a rising Grade 9 student on Staten Island who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement, athletic ability and good citizenship. Sade is a 3-sport senior athlete who played soccer this past fall and the previous three seasons. She was a captain this year and received all league status as a central defender. Currently, Sade is a senior captain on the state champion Lady Tiger's basketball team. She has amassed over 750 points so far in her first 3 years and is well on her way to reaching the milestone of 1000 points. She has been a 4-year starter and at 5'11" plays down low where her toughness shows. Sade will also be a member of the spring lacrosse team that has competed at the State level 6 of the past 8 seasons. Again, she will hold a defender position that anchors the entire field. Sade is the quintessential student-athlete. She will undoubtedly play ball at the next level but has yet to select where she will attend college in the fall.
Sadie's work ethic and determination to be the best is unmatched. She makes everyone around her better. She is an unselfish player, the one who looks to pass first rather than score a bucket for herself. She embraces defense. Sade says it best: "Defense wins championships!" She is the first one ready to practice and the one carrying the equipment off the field afterwards. Sade is a unique role model for younger teammates because she does the work; she doesn't just talk the talk. If you take a moment to review her transcript you will see a serious student as well. Sade has taken the most rigorous course
Pearl River High School
Julianna Madigan sits among the top of her class as one of the most exceptional two-sport student athletes to walk through the doors of Pearl River High School. Julianna, better known as Jules, is one of the best, well-rounded athletes to wear the royal blue and white Pearl River jersey. Those of us who are quick to learn Jules' name, recognize that her persona extends far beyond the accolades she has earned and the many plaques that hang on her wall, but rather the selfless leader who is a loving daughter and caring sister who serves as a role model for the female athletes in the Lady Pirates soccer and softball programs. She has dedicated hundreds of hours of community service to various organizations, such as, the St. Aedan's Food Drive, Lordes Kids of Rockland Fundraiser and American Red Cross Holiday Mail for Soldiers, to name just a few. Above all, Jules is a scholar athlete who has been accepted into the National Honor Society, along with all five academic honor societies that recognize specific subject matter. Furthermore, she was selected as a National Merit Scholarship semi-finalist for Pearl River High School. Lady Pirates Soccer Coach, Tim Peabody, said "The amazing part is that Jules is all real, all legitimate. No fluff. Any teacher you ask would say she is top notch and any coach would tell you for the talent she has, nobody reaches deeper."
In addition to the time she spends balancing the academic demands and giving back to her community, Jules has also made her mark within the Class of 2015 serving as the President of the Model UN Club, co-founding the Students Assisting Meals on Wheels Club, and being a competitive member of the Academic Team and Science Olympiad. So when Jules is not engrossed in academic rigor, running food drives or competing in Academic Team, she can be found on the soccer or softball field. A two-sport captain who has earned All-League and All-Section honors for both soccer and softball while leading her soccer team to three league championships and a Section One championship over the last four seasons. In the spring season, she led the softball team to a NYS final four appearance and was a 1st team selection on the MSG Varsity Hudson Valley/Westchester Team. According to Lady Pirate Softball Coach, Chris Woolgar, "Her dedication, commitment, and overall drive to be successful on the field, in the classroom and in the community, sets the bar high for her current teammates, as well as all future Lady Pirates to follow".
Raritan High School
Peter Terranova has been a three year letter winner in Football for Hazlet township's Raritan High School. As a Rocket, Peter has been a two year defensive starter at strong safety as a member of the Dirty Dozen Defense. As a senior Peter was named an APOLLO 18 member, the leadership council of Raritan Football, identified by his peers as a student leader. Throughout his four years with the program, Peter gave back to the community through multiple community service ventures which include the local group RAINE, as well as with national groups like Habitat for Humanity. Peter Terranova plans on continuing his education, his playing career, and his community service at a 4-year university in the Northeast.
Port Jervis High School
I would like to nominate Port Jervis High School senior Noah Knesel for the Melrose MVP scholarship program. Noah Knesel is the consummate student athlete. Academically he is a high honor roll student and has received varsity letters in football, wrestling and baseball.As a member of the football team, he was selected as a team captain. As a versatile player on this year's team, he was very instrumental in helping the team win the Division Championship. When the season started, he earned the starting quarterback position. He injured his shoulder in the second game and had to sit out the next couple of weeks. When he returned, the team was in the middle of a four game winning streak and instead of disrupting the flow of the team he agreed to move to a receiver positon and defensive end. He immediately had a positive impact and the team went on to win the championship. This was truly a show of putting his team first.
As a four year member of the varsity baseball team he has been a very successful pitcher who has tremendous college potential. His ambition is to attend college and play baseball at the next level. As a wrestler, he was a hard worker and respected by his teammates. Noah has also volunteered to ring the "kettle bell" for the Salvation Army during the holiday season and worked with our younger football players as an instructor in the Youth Football Clinic. He is also active in the varsity club as the clubs treasurer. Noah Knesel is a quality young man whose hard work, determination and desire has allowed him to be successful. It is evident that Noah is deserving of the Melrose MVP scholarship program.
Marquis Pickering is the proto typical student-athlete that every coach dreams of having in their program. Standing at 5'8" and weighing 160lbs, Marquis is not necessarily your ideal Running Back, but his attitude, strength and maturity allows him to play the game at a very high level. As a three year Varsity starter, Marquis has set several Petrides Football All-time records. Those records include; leading scorer (264 pts), touchdowns (40), all purpose yardage (4,327) and is on pace to become Petrides All-time leading rusher by the seasons end. Marquis has also been a member of both the indoor and outdoor track teams for the past three seasons. Three words stand out when thinking of Marquis: dedication, determination and resiliency.
Marquis is not only involved with football at Petrides. While maintaining his 3.2 G.P.A, Marquis is also an integral part of the school community. He is the Student Body President, a member of P.A.C.S., KeyClub, Yearbook and a 4th Grade Peer Teacher. He is role model to his peers both in the school and the community by setting an example of a model student-athlete.
September Honorable Mentions
Garden City HS
Thomas Wright is the consummate student athlete. He is currently the captain of the Varsity Football Team here at Garden City High School. Tom has earned All-American Honors in Lacrosse and was named Top defender in Nassau County this past season. His coaches all agree that Tom embodies qualities of a top athlete and team leader.
Academically, through perseverance and determination, Tom has achieved his goals on the field as well as in the classroom. He has dedicated many extra hours towards his studies to ensure his success. Tom does not become discouraged when difficulty arises but instead doubles his efforts.
Socially, Tom is well -liked and well-respected among his peers and the faculty. In his spare time, he works with special needs children on the basketball court as well as the lacrosse field.