LIVINGSTON, NJ — The seniors from every varsity sport—fall, winter and spring—at Livingston High School had their moment in the spotlight on Friday morning when the Big L Club held its annual pep rally at the school prior to Friday night's senior prom.
The Big L Club presented a new public address system as the 2019 gift to the Livingston Athletics Department; Big L Club co-presidents Karen Mendez and Lisa Tamburri coordinated the event; LHS alumnus Chris Volo gave a speech to the senior athletes; and scholarship winners were announced for each sport.
Volo is now an agent with Prince Marketing Group, which represents such stars as former NBA basketall forward Dennis Rodman and pro wrestler Hulk Hogan. A former professional Mixed Martial Artist, Volo helped to broker four trips that Rodman took to North Korea. Volo also produced ESPN'S "30 For 30" feature on Rodman.
Livingston head baseball coach Mickey Ennis received a shirt signed by all Lancers baseball players that was presented to him in a frame for being selected by Livingston Public Schools as the 2019 Livingston Chamber of Commerce “Educator of the Year.”
"Coming from the members of the Chamber of Commerce, this award really means the world to me," Ennis said. "The club, and the award, are all about the Livingston community. I am in a special position in that I work with students in the community and they get job placements.
"From a coaching perspective, I came from a small town, and I appreciate how important it is that kids get to know the people serving the community. This award is all about the community, and if I am able to spread that appreciation and understanding to some of the players I coach and the students, that is really important."
In addition to the senior varsity team members, cheerleaders, marching band and dance team members also were honored, and the dance team performed a number for all in attendance.
The newly created Trish Duffy Scholarship Award was presented for the first time to football player Frazier Dodek. Prior to her death in December, Duffy was an active member of the Big L Club who worked as a realtor at Coldwell Banker for nearly 30 years. She was also a former president of the Livingston Area Chamber of Commerce and volunteered for the Junior Lancers Football Organization, Livingston Little League, the Livingston Bicentennial Picnic Committee and the LHS Project Graduation Committee.
The full list of award-winners is as follows:
Winters Award: Joe Cullen (football, basketball, track & field)
McInroy Award: Kelly O'Connor (girls lacrosse)
Litvak Award: Christopher Boulin (male) (basketball), Claudia Kamikow (female) (girls soccer)
Lagowitz Award: Alan Chen (football)
Cherenson Award: Nicholas Boffa (football)
Joey Falcone Award: Robert Breshard (football)
Trish Duffy Award: Frazier Dodek (football)
Big L Student Award: Jade Rynar and Erin Kenney
Big L Player Awards for each sport:
Football – Joe Cullen
Cheerleading – Geri Gascon
Boys soccer – Griffin Ehrich
Girls Soccer – Sarah Miller
Girls Cross Country – Samantha Keenan
Boys Cross Country – Jonathan Chen
Girls Tennis – Nicole Bazhenov
Girls Volleyball – Danielle Liu
Field Hockey – Emily Schaefer
Bowling – David Poesl
Boys Basketball – Chris Boulin
Girls Basketball – Morgan Scherr
Girls Winter Track – Rachel Drill
Boys Winter Track – Philippe Jallow
Boys fencing – Benjamin Levitt
Girls Fencing – Angela Evangelista
Ice Hockey - Max Solomon
Wrestling – Sean Neary
Boys Swimming – Erin O’Donnell
Girls Swimming – Brandon Kim
Golf – Alex Harte
Girls Lacrosse – Flora Xia
Boys Lacrosse – Marco Fusari
Baseball – MJ DePaolo
Softball – Constance Marino
Boys Tennis – Max Esralew
Girls Spring Track – Eileene Yu
Boys Spring Track – Nicholas Boffa
Boys Volleyball – Filip Tosic
All photos by Guy Kipp