The Guilderland Lettermen Foundation, now in its 24th year, is proud to present its class of 2021 Lettermen Award winners – seven recently graduated Guilderland High School seniors who have earned this prestigious recognition as outstanding multi-sport, community-minded student athletes.
“The pandemic has turned the senior season upside down for all high school student-athletes,” said Lettermen Foundation President Mark Williams, a 1982 Guilderland High School graduate. “Despite that, the pool of applicants we saw this year was one of the strongest we’ve ever seen. Outstanding athletes, with excellent academic achievement and community service to match, our winners are exceptional representatives of their class, Guilderland Schools, and their families. We are pleased to honor them.”
Award winners for 2021 include Molly DiCaprio (soccer, indoor and outdoor track and field), Grace McFerran (cross-country, basketball, indoor and outdoor track and field), Hannah Risko (lacrosse, field hockey), Sophia Sericolo (field hockey, lacrosse) and Ava Thomson (field hockey, indoor and outdoor track and field).
The 2021 Hal McCarthy Award winner, which goes to the person whose application receives the most points in evaluation by the Board of Directors, is Pratul Amineni (cross country, swimming, tennis, indoor track and field). The Hal McCarthy Award is named in memory of the long-time Guilderland teacher, coach and superintendent.
The 2021 Mark Burlingame Dutchmen Spirit award winner is Caroline Burns (cross country, indoor and outdoor track and field). The prestigious Burlingame award, presented in partnership with Troy Miller and Christopher McCabe of CM Fox Real Estate, is named for former Lettermen board member and Guilderland High School three-sport star athlete Mark Burlingame. The Award recognizes a student-athlete who’s demonstrated the highest qualities of Dutchmen spirit and sportsmanship.
Each awardee receives a certificate of recognition and a financial award to assist them with their college education. In 24 years, the Lettermen Foundation has awarded more than $125,000 to deserving Guilderland student athletes.
Award winners were recognized during Guilderland’s virtual athletic awards night, will be featured individually on the Lettermen Foundation’s social media platforms and website (www.guilderlandclassic.com), and will be honored at the Lettermen Foundation’s annual fundraiser, the Guilderland Classic golf outing, August 6, 2021 at Orchard Creek Golf Club.
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Photo caption: (l-r) top row – Pratul Amineni, Caroline Burns, Sophia Sericolo, Grace McFerran. Bottom row – Molly DiCaprio, Hannah Risko, Ava Thomson. Photo credit to Mike Koff/Altamont Enterprise.
To maintain three different sports over a four-year career at Guilderland High School is a remarkable achievement – one that the Guilderland Lettermen Foundation and the Guilderland Athletic Department recognize with a Twelve-Season Award.
In 2020, the Lettermen Foundation, now in its 23nd year, is collaborating with the Guilderland High School athletic department to honor the achievement of nine student athletes, hanging a banner in the student-athletes name that will commemorate their achievement.
“It’s an honor for the Lettermen Foundation to support these great representatives of our athletic program,” said Lettermen Foundation Vice President Greg Barcomb, a 2007 Guilderland High School graduate. “As a former Guilderland athlete, I have great respect for those who show such great effort and consistency in different sports across an entire high school career.”
The 2019 award winners include (l-r in photo):
- Kasia Fahsel (cross-country, nordic skiing, outdoor track and field)
- *Caitlin Mooney (field hockey, nordic skiing, lacrosse)
- Victoria Ewing (cross-country, indoor track, outdoor track)
- Vincent Lia (football, indoor track, lacrosse)
- *Daniel Spanbauer (cross-country, indoor track, outdoor track)
- *Sean O’Brien (cross-country, indoor track, outdoor track)
- Ian Avery (cross-country, indoor track, outdoor track)
- Tyler Howard (cross-country, indoor track, outdoor track)
- Joseph Kenney (cross-country, indoor track, outdoor track)
* denotes Guilderland Lettermen Foundation award winner
Award winners were introduced at Guilderland’s annual athl
etic awards night, which was held virtually and recognized again through the Lettermen Foundation’s social media sites in lieu of recognition at the Foundation’s annual golf outing, the Guilderland Classic, which was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament, which supports the annual Lettermen Foundation awards and other philanthropic activities in the Guilderland community, will return in 2021.
The Guilderland Lettermen Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce the addition of Gabriel (Gabe) August to the Board.
Gabe is a life-long resident of Guilderland and graduated from Guilderland High in 2013 where he lettered in golf four times and lacrosse twice. He is the managing member of the August Terry Properties, a Guilderland-based Property Management Company, and a real estate salesperson for Lettermen partner CM Fox Real Estate.
The Lettermen Board welcomes Gabe to our leadership team. His connection to the younger members of our alumni base coupled with his energetic spirit to support our mission will be invaluable.