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2014 Scholarship Recipients
Jamie Abell
 

Jamie Abell

Jamie Abell graduated from Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg, Maryland in 2013 and will be starting her sophomore year at Gettysburg College in the fall of 2014. Jamie was a four year Varsity starter at second, short stop, and catcher in high school where she received honorable mention, second team, and first team (twice) all WCAC conference honors. She graduated from high school as salutatorian of her class, held highest academic achievement in science, and graduated with highest academic honors. During freshman college season, she was rewarded Rookie of the Year honors and second team all Centennial Conference honors, along with Centennial Conference player of the week. She finished her first year of college on the Dean's Honor List and has decided to pursue a dual major of Economics and Political Science. She actively volunteers at the Gettysburg senior center and is service leader of the 2014 Gettysburg College softball team. ? 


Lexus Allen  

Lexus Allen

Lexus Allen graduated from Harrisburg High School Sci-Tech Campus in Harrisburg, Pa. I will be attending the University of Maryland Eastern Shore this fall majoring in Biology/Pre-Physician Assistant. In high school I was a member of the National Honor Society and John Hopkins Center for Talented  Youth. I was a Wendy's High Heisman state finalist, nominated for youth volunteer of the year award and the winner of the Comcast Leaders and Achievers Founder Award for the State of Pa. While maintaining a 4.2 GPA I also found ways to give back to my community, such has helping at Caitlin's Smiles, collecting Christmas gifts for children, packing food bags and helping at special Olympics. During my softball career I have earned numerous awards but the ones that I am most proud of are, pitching a perfect game at the 2013 MLB/RBI world series, having 568 strike outs in high school and making the Pa All State team list. As a player on a high school team who has never made a playoff game I was ranked #2 in the Mid Penn division for strike outs and a 1st team all star all 4 years. As I begin college I look forward to new goals and new teammates but I am very excited to start my career and reach my goal of working at a community health center to help educate people about their health


Paige Atkison

Paige Atkison

Paige Atkison is a 2014 graduate of Sussex Central High School. She graduated with a 3.8 GPA and took AP level courses in high school. She was a four year varsity starting player. This year Paige made Henlopen Conference second team and second team all state for Delaware. The highlight of her softball career has been playing for Delaware Storm 18U for the past five years as a catcher. She enjoys working out and spending time with her friends but most of her free time she spends at travel softball tournaments with her Delaware Storm family. Next year, She travels to DII  Brevard College in Brevard, NC to play for the Brevard College Tornado's as a catcher and she will study elementary education with a minor in special education. She looks forward to applying all she has learned from her time with Coach Jerry Kirby and the whole Delaware Storm organization at college.


Kristen Ball
 

Kristen Ball

Kristen Ball attended Polytech High School where she graduated in the top ten of her class. The Magnolia, Delaware native was a Second Team All-State selection at second base as a junior after receiving First Team All-State honors as a utility player in 2012 during her sophomore year, when she also earned Second Team NFCA All-East Region accolades. She will be attending Valparaiso University in the fall and plans to major in Digital Media Arts.


Smantha Brinskelle
 

Samantha Brinskelle

A 2013 graduate of Marlboro High School in Marlboro NJ, Samantha Brinskelle was a 4 year starter for the Marlboro mustangs, doing the pitching and playing middle infield. Throughout her high school career, Samantha was awarded the MVP award, 110% award, the Team Leadership Award, as well as being named All District and All Division 2 years in a row, and senior Team Captain. She also set the school record for the most strikeouts in a season and the most strikeouts in a single game. Samantha was also inducted into the National Honor Society during her junior year. Outside of school and softball, Samantha did volunteer work at Centrastate hospital, Helping Hands physical therapy, and at the Morganville first aid squad. Now, a rising sophomore at West Chester University, Samantha is pursuing a nursing degree.  She is both a part of the women’s softball team, as well as the coed service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega.  At the conclusion of her freshman year, Samantha has also been named to the dean’s list for the fall of 2013 and to the PSAC academic honor roll.


Michelle Chisdak
 

Mischelle Chisdak

Michelle is a 2014 graduate of Vestal High School in Vestal, NY. She was a five year varsity softball starter and also participated in varsity Swimming and Diving as well as Indoor Track and Field. She is a three time All-Conference Catcher recipient and an All-Conference Swimmer. She was a captain of my high school softball team for 2 years. In addition to sports she was part of National Honor Society, a select All-County Band,Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble and she volunteers at her local Hospital and for Special Olympics. She is also very involved in a program called Yes! Leads where the aim is to teach elementary school kids the importance of smart decision making. She is also president of Vestal's Chemistry Magic Show. Next year she wil be attending Tufts University and is planning on playing softball. She will major in Pre-Medicine with an emphasis on Chemistry and in the future hopes to become a pediatric oncologist.


Mackenzie Cronin
 

Mackenzie Cronin

Mackenzie is a 2012 graduate from Binghamton High School in New York and was a member of the 18U STPS Ponies travel softball team. Mackenzie played both varsity volleyball and varsity softball in high school, receiving All- Conference, All-Tournament and MVP selections. She was varsity softball captain her junior and senior year and awarded scholar athlete/academic all-star in both sports. Mackenzie was a member of National Honor Society and Math Honor Society while graduating high school a Full International Baccalaureate Diploma student, in the top 4% of her class. Mackenzie has volunteered her time as a tutor, Special Olympics coach and dedicated UHS Hospital volunteer. Mackenzie is now a rising junior at the University of Rochester where she majors in cell and developmental biology while on the softball team. Mackenzie completed her freshman and sophomore years at Siena College, where she served as a Student Athlete Mentor and earned a MAAC All-Academic team selection her sophomore year. In the future Mackenzie hopes to become a physician, specifically a reproductive endocrinologist.


Emma Deluca-Knighton
 

Emma Deluca-Knighton

Emma will be entering her third year at Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metro Campus where she is a member of the Division 1 FDU Knights Softball team. Under Head Coach Candi Letts, The 2014 softball squad is the first in school history to make a post-season trip to the Northeast Conference playoffs.  Emma, a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and a Colonel Fairleigh S. Dickinson Scholar, is a Biology major on a pre-med track minoring in Chemistry. In 2013 Emma was honored by her team with the “Softball Knight” award for her willingness to always put the teams’ goals ahead of her own. In 2014 Fairleigh Dickinson University presented Emma with the Richard Panicucci Service Award in recognition of her extraordinary community service involvement. This university award “recognizes the efforts of individuals who have selflessly served and represented the Athletic Department in an exemplary manner.”Emma is a 2012 graduate of Vernon Township High School in Vernon, NJ where she was Captain of her high school softball team and led the Vernon Vikings in batting average, RBI’s and homeruns in her senior year. A 2012 All-Sussex County Team selection, 2012 NJAC 2nd Team All-Conference selection, Emma was also selected to the 2012 NJAC All-Academic Team and 2012 All-West NJ 3rd Team.After college Emma intends to attend medical school to prepare for her calling into Christian missions work where she hopes to perform reconstructive facial surgery on those born with facial abnormalities, accident victims and injured service members


Leanna Feerick
 

Leanna Feerick

“Nothing is Impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m Possible’.” – Audrey Hepburn
Leanna Feerick graduated from Valley Central High School in Montgomery, NY in 2012 and currently attends Southern Connecticut State University.  She will be a Junior in the fall and will continue being a student-athlete. She has been on the Dean’s List for 2 Semesters, was on the honor roll all 4 years in High School, and was recognized by NCAA on National Student Athlete day for her hard work in school. In high school, she played varsity Softball for Five years and varsity Basketball for 3. She was captain of both teams, and many of her travel teams.  In Softball, she was a 3rd team all-star in 2008, 4 time 1st team all-star from 2009-2012 in the Times Herald Record, a 1 time All States Player in 2012, won Defensive, Offensive and MVP Awards and was often recognized in the Times Herald Record for Basketball. She was a member of the 2010, 2011, and 2012 NY Class AA Section 9 Champion Softball Team, and went to the NY State Final Four in 2012. She enjoys reading books, and of course playing sports, basketball and softball specifically. In the summer, she is a Para-Educator at a local school for Special Needs Children. She is majoring in Psychology and hopes to be a school psychologist in the near future.


Logan Green
 

Logan Green

Logan is currently a student at Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, Alabama.  She is a member of the softball team who won the Ohio Valley Conference this past year.  Logan was named on the All New-Comer List for the Ohio Valley Conference this past season.  She went 13-5 this season totally 100 innings on the mound.  Logan graduated from Laurel High School in Delaware.  During this time, Logan was a four year member of the varsity softball team where she was the starting pitcher for her last three years and a two year captain.  Logan was named the Softball Player of the Year for the Daily Times.  Logan pitched 7 shut outs her senior year and finished up with an E.R.A. of only 0.598.  Logan struck out 345 batters during her high school career and has hit over 0.300 in all four seasons of varsity competition.  Logan finished in the top 3 career leaders at Laurel High School in hits, doubles, home runs, total bases, and extra base hits.  The highlight of Logan's high school career as a softball player was leading her team to their first DIAA Division I Softball State Championship.


Katherine Haley
 

Katherine Haley

Katherine is a recent graduate of Mount Saint Mary Academy, located in Watchung N.J. and a member of the Jersey Flames 18U Gold travel softball team. Katie was a four year varsity starter for her high school team, where she was named softball team MVP all four years and school Athlete of the Year her senior year. As team captain during her senior season, Katie let the Mount Lions to a division championship, the programs first since 2007. She was selected First team All- County and All-Conference her sophomore, junior and senior years. Her senior season she was also named All-State and was selected to play in the Super 36 New Jersey Senior All-Star Game. Katie was also a stand-out student at Mount Saint Mary. While maintaining a 4.0 GP in all AP and Honors classes, she also had an extensive list of extracurricular activities. As a member of the National Honor Society, The National Latin Society, the National English Society and Vice President of the National Art Honor Society, Katie developed leadership skills. Katie fostered her artistic talents by participating in the school’s nationally acclaimed literary magazine “Echoes” as Chief Art Editor and as President of the Mural and Set Design club. In addition, Katie volunteered her time to sew bibs for the charity Love Without Boundaries. Her passion for designing and sewing also inspired her to take part in a 14-week design class titled “Project Fabricland”, where she was awarded second place for her custom-made prom gown. Katie will be attending Drexel University, where she was awarded the AJ Drexel Scholarship and where she will be playing softball for the Dragons. She will major in Fashion Design and hopes to become a fashion illustrator/bridal designer


Audrey Hubbard
 

Audrey Hubbard

Audrey is a 2013 graduate from North Dorchester High School, in Hurlock, MD. She was a four-year Varsity softball player and two-year captain for the team. She was also a four-year Varsity field hockey player, where her position was goal and she also served as captain her senior year. She received both the MVP award and Senior award in both sports, as well as the Multi-Sport award. Audrey graduated with honor and a Certificate of Merit with a 3.67 GPA. Audrey was also a member of the Music Honor Society. She plays the piano and clarinet. Audrey attended Washington College in 2014 where she also played softball, as a pitcher and first basemen. Audrey is a five-year Delaware Storm player and a five-year participant in the Delaware Invitational. Next Summer, Audrey will be helping to coach the Storm 12U team.


Anna Jensen
 

Anna Jensen

Anna Jensen was a 2013 graduate of Dulaney High School in Timonium, MD, and is entering her sophomore year at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA. She has not declared a major, but has special interests in history, German, and social sciences. She was honored with the Hilde Cohn Fellowship grant to pursue German language and literature studies earlier this summer.  Due to injury, Jensen had a shortened spring season as an outfielder for the Garnet, but ended the season with a .389 batting average and no errors in the field. When she wasn't on the field or in the classroom, Jensen worked as an admissions host, a tutor for the SAT and college counseling group "Let's Get Ready!" and a layout editor for the college newspaper The Swarthmore Phoenix.

 


Amanda Marakovitz
 

Emily Neal

Emily just recently graduated from Caravel Academy High School in Bear, De. She played center field for the Bucs and started all 4 years of her high school career and also 1 year as an eighth grader. She received 1st team all state her freshman and senior year, 2nd team all state her sophomore and junior year, 2nd team all east region her junior year, and 1st team all east region and 1st team all american her senior year. Along with school ball, Emily played on a year round college showcase team, the Pennsbury Gems, of which she was the first player ever to join the team as an eighth grader and continue to play all 5 years as a gem. She was a captain on this team her junior and senior year of high school. Emily will start a new chapter of her life playing softball at UMass, Amherst and will be studying animal sciences and pre-vet.


Rebekah Notte
 

Rebekah Notte

Becky Notte will be entering her junior year at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA where she catches for the Falcons.  She graduated with honors from Caravel Academy in Bear, DE, where she participated in many clubs.  Becky was a member of the varsity softball team and earned All-State catching honors in 2010, 2011, and 2012, as well as NFCA First Team All-Region honors her senior season.  During the past two years at Messiah, Becky has been named to the Dean’s List every semester, and currently has a cumulative GPA of 3.99.  On the field, Becky has led the Flacons both seasons in both batting average and RBI’s, as has played virtually every game behind the plate.  During her freshman season, she was named Second Team All-Commonwealth Conference, NFCA Third Team All-Region, and to the Commonwealth Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll.  As a sophomore, Becky once again earned All-Commonwealth and All-Region Honors, as she was named First Team All-Commonwealth Conference, NFCA First Team All-Region, and to the Commonwealth Conference Spring Academic Honor Roll.  Additionally, Becky was one of nine softball players in her conference to be named to the Commonwealth Academic All-Conference Team.  During this summer, she has spent her time volunteering as an assistant coach for the 16u Delaware Magic, as well as working several local softball camps through which she has enjoyed sharing her love and knowledge of the game with up-and-coming athletes like herself.  In August, Becky will travel alongside a team of 12 other athletes from Messiah to Panama on a mission’s trip during which she will distribute water purification filters, visit local schools and orphanages, and engage in sports ministrye. 


Samantha Platt
 

Samantha Platt

Sam Platt lives in Cedar Grove, NJ and graduated from Mount Saint Dominic Academy in 2014. She pitched or played DH for her varsity high school softball team which in her senior year won the Triple Crown. In her sophomore year she was first-team All-Essex County. In her junior year same as first-team All-Super Essex Conference, All Essex County, All Non-Public A, and was third team All-State. She pitches and plays left field for the NJ Sparks. Samantha graduated with a 97.9 grade point average and earned high honors every quarter year. She was a member of the National Honor Society, Big Sister Little Sister Club, and secretary of the Spanish National Honor Society. Over the last few summers, Samantha has volunteered at Harbor Haven Summer Camp which is a camp for children with minor special needs. Sam will play D3 softball at The College of NJ, where she will be a biology major. After, she will attend medical school and become a pediatrician.    


Alexandra Ramos
 

Alexandra Ramos

Alexandria Ramos is a recent graduate of Appoquinimink High School in Middletown, Delaware. During her time at Appoquinimink, she was a starting outfielder of the varsity softball team for four years, her last three years starting in centerfield, and a two year captain. Throughout her high school career she has been a three year member of the Blue Hen Conference team and All-State team, as well as a member of Carpenters Cup team, and Blue-Gold team. Also during her high school career she has been a member of The National Honor Society and the sportsmanship committee. Alexandria has been playing travel softball for 7 years and currently plays for the Delaware Cobras 18U Gold. She would like to give credit to all of her past coaches for making the dream of playing college softball a reality. This fall Alexandria will be attending Cabrini College in Radnor, Pennsylvania where she will be studying exercise science with hopes of becoming a physical therapist, as well as playing softball for the Cavaliers


Jessica Rumley
 

Jessica Rumley

Jessica Rumley is a 2013 graduate of Lake Forest High School.  At Lake she maintained a 3.93 GPA and was a member of the National Honor Society.  She was also a member of the Marching Band, Concert Band, Spanish Club, and BPA.  She played varsity softball her sophomore through senior years, winning both the Sportsmanship Award and Most Improved.  Her senior year she received an all conference honorable mention.  Jessica plays travel softball with the Delaware Storm 18u under the management of Coach Jerry Kirby.  She has volunteered with the younger Storm teams providing instruction with fielding and batting during their practices.  In addition, she has volunteered at the past five Delaware Invitational Tournaments.  Next year she will attend Millersville University where she will major in Early Childhood Education and will play for the Maurader's softball team under the direction of Coach Kathleen Cummings.


Sarah Salamone  

Sarah Salamone

Sarah is a 2011 graduate from Cicero-North Syracuse High School in Cicero, NY. While there, she was a 3-year varsity pitcher and competed in the 2010 and 2011 NYS Softball Championship. In 2010, she was named All CNY Softball and sixth team All NYS, and in 2011 she was named All League, All CNY Softball, third team All NYS and recognized as a softball scholar athlete. She started playing travel ball at 11 years old with the Renegades and played 2 years with the STPS Ponies. Sarah will be entering her senior year at SUNY Cortland where she studies BioMedical Sciences and plays
softball for the Red Dragons. Upon college graduation, she plans on pursuing her passion for the sciences by enrolling in Medical or PA school. During her 2014 season she was named SUNYAC Pitcher of the week, Cortland Player of the week, second team SUNYAC Softball All-Conference and third team All-Northeast Region Team. Sarah’s favorite softball memory is competing in the 2013 Division III College World Series with the “reddest” team in the nation. While at the 2013 College World Series, the team volunteered for the Eau Claire, WI Headstart Program. In addition, Sarah has
spent time volunteering at her church, homeless shelters, and local little league programs.


Katelyn Sterling
 

Katelyn Sterling

Katelyn is a recent graduate of St. Georges Technical High School in Middletown, Delaware. Katelyn was a member of the varsity softball team for four years. Throughout these four years Katelyn had made the All Conference team, All State Team, and the Carpenter Cup Team. Katelyn also served as a captain her senior year. She finished the year as the career leader in home runs at St. Georges Technical High School. Along with softball Katelyn also competed at the varsity level in field hockey, also receiving recognition at the All Conference and All State level. Katelyn was a member of the 18u Delaware Cobras travel softball team. She graduated at the top of her class with a 3.9 GPA. Katelyn was also a member of the National Honor Society her junior and senior year. She spent some of her summers volunteering at Christiana Care Hospital. As Katelyn continues her education at Widener University to pursue a doctorate in Physical Therapy, she will also continue her softball career with the Widener Pride


Ashton Tomlinson
 

Ashton Tomlinson

Ashton currently attends Eastern University in PA, and is a graduate from Sussex Technical High School in Georgetown, DE. Majoring in nursing, she plans to continue her education after graduation to become a Pediatric Oncologist. In her freshman year at Eastern, Ashton played outfield and pitched, and was honored with second team Freedom conference for outfield. Ashton led the freedom conference in triples, fifth in the conference for doubles, and led the team with a .500 slugging percentage. While at Sussex Tech, Ashton was a 4 year Varsity softball player and senior captain. While at Tech, Ashton won a State, conference and division championship and was awarded 2nd team all conference, most valuable player, outstanding senior athlete, and also held the spot for the most triples for the season. Off the field, Ashton maintained a high GPA her first year at college, and was given academic honors at Eastern. Ashton is a member of the Fellowship of Christian athletes, and in her spare time enjoys volunteering at the local hospital, traveling, and just being with her family.