RANDOLPH, NJ- Seniors Rachel Kral and Henry Taibi were recently invited to attend the Morris County Scholar Athlete Banquet at the Meadow Wood Manor, as the female and male award winners from Randolph high school. The two were honored for their impressive performance in the classroom and on the field ( or in Taibi’s case - the pool ) over their four year high school career.
To be nominated, an athlete has to have earned four varsity letters in a single sport, or in a combination of multiple sports, combined with a solid GPA and GPA/ACT score.
“I was honestly so surprised that I won the award. I know a lot of really good athletes who also have impressive academic achievements, so to be chosen was something I'm really proud of,” said Kral. “Some of the kids were so unbelievably impressive; it was crazy for me to have been chosen along with these talented student athletes.”
Girls basketball coach Kristen Torres, and swimming coach Linda Poppy attended with their athletes, along with Principal Debbie Iosso, and Assistant Athletic Director Marybeth Foran. Athletes from every other Morris County high school were at the event, represented by one male and one female from each school.
“I wasn't even aware that I was in the running for it, so yes I was definitely surprised,” said Taibi when asked about the award. “I also know so many other very qualified students for it. However, it felt very rewarding for me after all the hours I put both into swimming and school throughout my high school career.”
Kral plans to attend Clemson University, and will play club soccer, while Taibi will be attending Rice University and plans to study architecture.
Kral was a key member of the girls basketball and soccer teams, and was elected as a captain of the basketball team her senior year. Taibi was a four year letter winner in swimming, and was also captain in his senior year when he helped lead the boys to their first ever state sectional title. Taibi is also a member of the National Honor Society in virtually every major subject at Randolph high school.