Kayla Joseph Awarded Prestigious Seeley Award

The Lackawanna College Athletic Department held its annual spring banquet on Tuesday, May 3, 2010. The dinner honors the Most Valuable Players from each of its winter and spring sports programs, and players who have received Region XIX and NJCAA recognition. The highlight of the evening is the presentation of the annual awards honoring the academic and sportsmanship accomplishments of its student-athletes

This year's Most Valuable Player awards were presented to:

Men's Basketball – Darryl Charles
Women's Basketball – Janasie Simpkins
Softball – Gabriel (Gabby) Ziller
Baseball – Sam Parente
Golf – Frank Kacvinsky
Cheerleading – Dakota Boandl

The following athletes were honored as All Region players:

Women's Basketball – Janasie Simpkins – First Team
Women's Basketball – Terika Turner – First Team
Men's Basketball – Darryl Charles – First Team
Softball – Gabriel (Gabby) Ziller – Second Team
Golf – Frank Kacvinsky – Division II
Golf – John Roche – Division II
Golf – Dustin Barton – Division II
The Baseball All Region Team was not determined prior to banquet date.

NJCAA All Americans All American Certificates were bestowed upon:

Women's Basketball – Janasie Simpkins -– Third Team All American

Softball - Gabriel (Gabby) Ziller was voted as one of Region XIX's top ten players and will have her name submitted for All American consideration

There were six Athletic Department Awards given to honor its athlete's academic and sportsmanship accomplishments. Those awards were:

The Board of Trustees Student-Athlete Academic Excellence Award: This award is given annually to a returning freshman who has demonstrated educational excellence while participating in sports. The individual selected to receive this award will have achieved the highest grade point average of all freshmen student/athletes. The recipient of this award will also receive a scholarship to be applied toward student's sophomore academic expenses at Lackawanna College.  The award was presented to Josh White (Baseball) for attaining a perfect GPA of 4.00

Academic Award: The academic awards are given annually to the outstanding male and female student-athletes who have demonstrated educational excellence while participating in sports. The award is presented to those students who have achieved the highest cumulative averages among participants during their two years at Lackawanna College. This year, Steve Aniska (Baseball) received the male academic award with a GPA of 3.66, while Stephanie Sarago (Volleyball) was the female recipient with a 3.80 GPA.

Aniska will graduate from Lackawanna College with a degree in Vascular Technology. He will be continuing his baseball career at The University of Pittsburgh on a baseball scholarship where he will pursue a degree in the medical field.

Sarago will be awarded a degree in Cardiac Sonography upon her graduation from Lackawanna College this spring.

Margaret "Peg" Tobin Sportsmanship Award: The Margaret "Peg" Tobin Sportsmanship Award is annually awarded to the male and female student-athletes who have excelled on and off the field. It recognizes persons who are fair, generous and gracious in victory or defeat and whose contributions to the team are varied and vital. This year's awards were bestowed upon Ginely Ortiz-Marrero (Volleyball, Softball) and Fabby Desir (Football).

Desir has accepted a football scholarship at University of North Carolina where he will major in education.

The Sterling B. Seeley Award – The Seeley Award is given annually to an individual who demonstrates all-around abilities as a student and an athlete as well as an active involvement in the community. It is named in honor of Sterling B. Seeley, who was an essential part of the administration of this college for over forty-five years. He was the person responsible for the introduction of many of Lackawanna College's athletic programs and for making those programs a vital segment of the college. The Sterling B. Seeley award is the highlight of the athletic banquet and the summation of all that Lackawanna College wants its sports programs to embody. The student/athlete honored with this prestigious award was Kayla Joseph (Women's Soccer, Softball)

This year's award winner has earned sports success on the field while participating in both women's soccer and in softball. As a two year participant of the women's soccer team and 2010 co-captain, she has been credited with 32 goals and 19 assists.  She holds three women's soccer records in total career points (73), most goals in a season (19) and total career goals (32). Joseph was a First Team All Region XIX selection in soccer

Kayla has also excelled in the classroom, her academic accomplishments have earned her the Dean's Scholarship Award from Elizabethtown College where she will continue her soccer career and pursue a Bachelor of Science in Biology Degree with a Pre-Medical Concentration.

A mature individual who understands the importance of community service, Kayla has served as a volunteer for United Neighborhood Centers of Northeastern Pennsylvania, Feed a Friend, Angel's Attic and the American Red Cross Emergency Services during her two years at Lackawanna College

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