SCHS Presents Spring Activity Awards
The Schuyler Central High School Spring Activities Recognition Night was held in the SCHS west gymnasium on Tuesday, May 7th. The opening welcome was given by Activity Director Jim Kasik. President Rachel Shonka and Vice President Maria Semerad of the S-Club were then introduced.
The Student Council Awards were presented by Mandy Peterson. Vance Sayer was Freshman Student of the Year, Brenda Lara-Romo was Sophomore Student of the Year, Nolan Healy was Junior Student of the Year and Liliana Mendez was Senior Student of the Year.
The Outstanding Student of the Year Award went to Nolan Healy. Peterson then presented the Staff Member of the Year Award to Juan Melendrez and the Teacher of the Year Award to Seth Paesl.
Morgan Semerad presented the Vocal Music honors. Choir letter winners were: Adeleigh Bachmann, Abby Bloomquist, Makayla Cerny, Janessa Eggleston, Estefani Escobar, Janel Lopez, Vanessa Uriostegul, Briana Barrios, Brenda Lara-Romo, Miguel Cruz, Dominic Semerad, Dylan Tippery, Jessica Sorsen, Tamara Witzel, Chloe Beltrand, Maria Semerad, Eric Hernandez, and Brayden Rocha. Brayden Rocha was presented with the National School Choral Award.
The band awards were then presented by Ben Coatney.
Receiving band letters were Kasey Brabec, Connor Bywater, Crystal Carrillo, Alejandra Castro, Keiley Gomez, Ashley Hernandez, Dominic Semerad, and Maria Semerad. Connor Bywater received the John Philip Sousa Award while Kasey Brabec and Maria Semerad received the Outstanding Music Awards. Brabec was also selected as the Band’s Student Choice Award winner. Carlos Alarcon received the Band Spirit Award and Rosel Diaz and Pammela Garcia received Band Leadership Awards.
Speech Coach Melanie Gustafson presented the State Speech Competitor Certificates to Chloe Beltrand, Kasey Brabec, Ashley Hernandez, Cassie Macholan and Tasha Macholan.
Boys Golf coach Brante Hayes presented letters to Connor Bywater, Easton, Hall, Kyle Horejsi, Merrick Kort, Aaron Langemeier, and Ruben Lickei. Bywater was also honored as winner of the Meyers-Reinecke-Shonka Outstanding Boys Golfer Award and the Academic All State Award.
Boys Track coach Rick Carter then honored the male track athletes.
Those receiving letters were: Nur Abdirahman, Miguel Carrasco, Kenneth Castro, Felix Cruz, Oscar Cruz, Cristobal Gonzalez, Jose Guzman, Jaime Lira, Kenny Mejia, Angel Ortiz, Alec Perry, Abner Perez, Christopher Renteria, Emmanuel Rocha, and Kevin Rodriguez.
Abdirahman received the Rookie of the Year Award while Kevin Rodriguez was honored with the Most Improved Award. The Meyers-Reinecke-Shonka Outstanding Boys Track Athlete Award went to Gonzalez.
The Girls Track Awards were then presented by head coach Dan Wolken.
Earning track letters were Leslie Adame, Marissa Carney, Crystal Carrillo, Alondra Catalan, Carla Chacon, Flor Chula, Marisol Deanda, Sonia Equihua, Emma Jedlicka, Jakelin Mejia, Edith Oliden, Kinzie Petersen, Anna Rocheford, Esmeralda Sacarias, Rachel Shonka, Antonita Tomas, Vanessa Uriostegul, and Tasha Wolken.
Special recognition went to Deanda as the Newcomer of the Year, Rocheford as Most Improved Athlete of the Year and Rachel Shonka and Tasha Wolken as Academic All State Athletes. Shonka was also presented with the Meyers-Reinekce-Shonka Outstanding Girls Track Athlete Award.
Head Coach Clarissa Dunn presented the girls soccer awards.
Receiving varsity letters were Lesly Andrade, Yeni Carreto, Alejandra Castro, Gabriela Castro, Ilse Chavez, Leslie Dearcos, Reagan Folda, Evelyn Guzman, Iliana Hernandez, Esmerelda Lara, Citlali Lozano, Lissi Martinez, Astrid Mejia, Britney Nevarez, Perla Ramirez, Darlin Ramos, Jessica Ramos, Stefany Rocha, Lesslie Romo, Jaiden Sock, Andrea Vicente.
Receiving Academic All State Honors were Folda and Romo. Mejia was presented with the Most Improved Player Award while Hernandez received the Outstanding Offensive Player Award and Ramos received the Outstanding Defensive Player Award. Chosen as the 2019 Most Valuable Player Award winner was Folda.
Boys Head Soccer Coach Lyndon Beebe presented letters to Javier Alarcon, Delvin Amaya, Marco Alarcon, Elvin Arevalo, Ariel Benazo, Eduardo Carrasco, Geovany Chacon, Jordan Echemendia, Mario Encarnacion, Yair Garcia, Johnathan Gonzalez, Juan Gonzalez, Juan Ibarguen, Yonathan Lara, Jesus Maganda, Roberto Pedro, Ivan Perez, Henry Ramirez, Gregorio Ramon, Alexis Robles, Roberto Rodriguez, and Emmanuel Zuniga.
Receiving the Most Improved Player Award was Carrasco. Gregario was selected to be the Offensive Player of the Year while Javier Alarcon was honored as the Defensive Player of the Year. The Most Valuable Player of the Year Award went to Maganda.
Weightlifting Coach Aaron Thumann then presented the lifting awards. The Most Improved Female Lifter of the Year Award went to Stefany Rocha while Rosel Diaz was chosen as the Most Improved Male Lifter of the Year. Chosen as the Female Lifter of the Year was Anna Rocheford while Cody Rice was selected at Male Lifter of the Year.
Receiving the Herb Snyder Memorial Award was Cassandra Macholan. Rachel Shonka was honored with the Virgil Swanson Girl Athlete of the Year Award and the Senior Girl Strider Athlete of the Year Award while Jesus Maganda received the Senior Boy Athlete of the Year Award.
Chloe Beltrand was then presented with the Outstanding Fine Arts Participant of the Year Award.
The Final Award of the evening was the S-Club Spirit Award presented to Jan Kracl who retired at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
Doug Phillips is a freelance writer for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net.