Seniors Adam Burger and Emily Bannon are among the Orange County high school seniors who were honored June 2 at the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Scholar Athlete Awards Ceremony, held at the Goshen High School Coliseum.
Adam, who is also Minisink Valley’s valedictorian, has a 101.918 GPA. His varsity sports are indoor/outdoor track, lacrosse, cross country and diving. He’s also a member of the school’s chapter of the National Honor Society and participated in competitive gymnastics.
His athletic honors include being a member of the record-holding Sprint Medley Relay Team. Adam holds varsity letters in lacrosse, indoor/ outdoor track, cross country and diving.
Adam is also a volunteer junior counselor and lacrosse coach and was part of the effort to organize blanket donations for nursing home residents.
He will attend the Rochester Institute of Technology, and major in chemical engineering.
Emily has a 96 GPA and ranks 30th in the Class of 2021. She has been member of the varsity soccer team from eighth to 12th grade, and has been a member of the track, golf and basketball teams.
She’s been on the High Honor Roll for all four years, and an FBLA member.
Emily’s athletic honors include being a member of the Class A Soccer All-Star Team in 11th grade; All-Section Team in 11th grade; and was soccer and basketball captain in her senior year. She holds 11 varsity letters: Five in soccer; one in track; two in basketball; and three in golf.
Emily has volunteered at nursing homes, and spent time helping disabled neighbors.
She will be attending the University of Scranton and will major in marketing.
Criteria for this award are for honorees to be in the top 20 percent of their class; participate in at least one varsity sport, be an above average athlete and exhibit outstanding citizenship.
“We’re very proud of our honorees and know they will set an example for others to follow,” said Athletic Director Tim Bult.
The event was attended by honorees, their families, school district personnel, OCIAA Executive Committee and government officials and featured a keynote address by Edwin A. Estrada, an Orange Bank & Trust Company vice president.
The OCIAA Scholar Athlete Awards Ceremony was coordinated by the Orange-Ulster BOCES Athletic Coordinator’s Office, which is part of a BOCES cooperative service offered to school districts. The office serves the needs of the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA), the Mid-Hudson Athletic League (MHAL) and Section IX Athletic Council.