CLARK, NJ –The Arthur L. Johnson High School Crusader Football Annual Awards Dinner was recently held to honor the individual contributions to the team. The event, overseen by Head Football Coach Anthony DelConte was an evening designed to honor athletes, share season highlights and grant scholarships.
According to ALJ Atheltic Director Gus Kalikas, the following scholarships were awarded at the dinner:
The Collegiate Athlete of the Year
The Collegiate Athlete of the Year honors a former Crusader that has gone on to succeed both in the classroom and on the athletic fields. The 2019 recipient was Michael Dohn, who played collegiate football for the Monarchs of Kings College.
The Henry A. Varriano Memorial Award
Henry R.Varriano presents this award to a senior player who displays determination and a never give up attitude. The recipient of this award always puts Team Above Self --- Sacrificed Individuality for the Team --- Pushed himself to achieve greater heights --- Overcame Adversity --- and displayed perseverance. The Varriano Award is for a scholarship and plaque. --- The 2019 Varriano Award winner was Vito Cassano.
Century 21 JRS Academic Achievement Award
The Sanguliano family annually present the Century 21 JRS Academic Achievement Award to our Senior Football player with the highest grade point average. The Award includes a scholarship and plaque. This year’s 2019 Academic Achievement Award winner is Patrick Brennen.
The Dennis Carpini Memorial Scholarship
The Dennis Carpini Memorial Scholarship recipient receives a scholarship & plaque. It is presented to the senior football player who, like Dennis, overcame odds and had a true love of Crusader Football. The athlete must be a heart and soul competitor, a unifier, and a positive role model. The 2019 Dennis Carpini Memorial Scholarship goes to…John Cuccolo.
The Coach Seymore “Red” Kelin Most Improved Player Scholarship
The Most Improved Player Scholarship recipient receives a scholarship & plaque. It is presented to the senior football player who through dedication, hard work, and perseverance has shown a tremendous improvement in the sport of football throughout their high school career. The 2019 Most Improved Player Scholarship goes to…Kyle Sachewicz.
The Don LaPenna Memorial Leadership Scholarship
The Don LaPenna Leadership Memorial Scholarship recipient receives a scholarship & plaque. It is presented to the senior football player who, like Don, overcame odds and had a true love of Crusader Football. The athlete must be a great role model who displays excellent leadership qualities and was dedicated to his team. The 2019 Don LaPenna Leadership Memorial Scholarship goes to…Joseph Kaulfers.
The William Waterson Memorial Scholarship
Officer Waterson made the ultimate sacrifice…he gave his life in the line of duty. He was brave, honest, and devoted to the job. Mr. Tom Maye, owner of Station Cab, presents this award to be displayed in our main trophy case and a scholarship to the senior who most exemplifies the character traits of Officer Waterson. This award speaks to sacrifice and commitment. The recipient set a new standard of leadership and character in our school and community. He has the innate ability to impact all students in our school. He is well liked, and respected, by his peers. The 2019 William Waterson Memorial Scholarship goes to…Max Carmino.
The Thomas Santaguida “Saint of the Year” Award
The loss of Thomas Santaguida devastated all of us. We lost a man we all loved and admired. When Mr. Santaguida came to Johnson in 1993, he had to replace one of the most respected and loved men in ALJ history in Lou Paragallo. He won everyone over with his dignity, his professionalism, his confidence, and most of all, his sense of sportsmanship and fair play. He was a mentor to us all and we became stronger from the experience. As a high school player at Plainfield Mr. Santaguida played football and basketball. His coaches and teammates say his fiery stile and zest for competition stood out even then. Those are the qualities that are celebrated in naming the 2019 Johnson Football “Saint of the Year”. --- The 2019 “Saint of the Year” is…Evan Parenti.
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