May 15th, 2013

Local students earn LCSN scholarships

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Paul Najjar

Senior Writer

Local students earn LCSN scholarships
Award winning students at third annual LCSN Awards Night (from left): John Zehnder, Sam Allen-Kawa, Jake Smith, Dani Wells, Kristin Matula, Jacob Thomson, Mitchell Forde

The Louisville Catholic Sports Network honored several local students and student-athletes in a variety of categories at the Third Annual Louisville Catholic Sports Awards Night Tuesday evening at Audubon Country Club.

A crowd of more than one hundred that included students and their families, school and athletic administrators, coaches and business leaders attended the event.

In its third year, the Louisville Catholic Sports Network has now distributed more than $18,500 in scholarships to student-athletes, managers and students involved in media/sports journalism who attend the local Louisville Catholic high schools.

Tom Lane, WDRB TV Sports Director, was the emcee and local businessman Paul Karem was the featured speaker.

Seven awards and scholarships were presented to the following student-athletes in six categories.

The Bonnycastle Appliance and TV Student-Athlete of the Year was presented to Sacred Heart Academy's Kristin Matula and to Holy Cross' Jacob Thomson.

Matula, the reigning Miss Kentucky Field Hockey Player of the Year is a Michigan State University signee and will play field hockey for the Spartans. Having earned 12 varsity letters in field hockey, basketball and track and field, she is one of the most accomplished student-athletes in Sacred Heart Academy’s storied history.

Thomson, one of the most decorated prep runners in Kentucky history and the reigning Mr. Track, is signed to continue his career at North Carolina State University. He recently set the state record in the mile at 4:05.55.

The Toby Tours Distinguished Character Award was presented to Presentation Academy's Dani Wells for her outstanding contributions as a four year member of the cheerleader squad and as a four year soccer player as well as overcoming personal setbacks.

The Mulloy Properties Community Service Award was presented to Trinity's Sam Allen-Kawa. A member of Trinity’s state championship basketball team and a three year letter winner, Allen-Kawa has volunteered each summer at Kosair Children's Hospital as well as working with Special Olympics and other projects at Trinity.

The R.G. Stallings Student Manager Award was presented to John Zehnder, also from Trinity, for his four year dedication to the football team. He will continue to serve as a manager in college at Western Kentucky University for Bobby Petrino's football team.

The Publishers Press Billy Reed Journalism Awards were presented to St. Xavier's Mitchell Forde for writing and Trinity's Jake Smith for photojournalism. Forde’s winning entry was a feature story he wrote on St. X alum and Olympic swimmer Clark Burckle. Smith’s award-winning photograph captured Trinity senior basketball player Darryl Hicks splitting two defenders on a drive to the basket.

*Student-athletes were nominated by coaches and administrators from their respective schools. 


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