Seniors Madison Rigus and Andrew Jones are among the high school seniors who were honored June 1 at the annual Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Senior Scholar Athlete Celebration, held at Otterkill Country Club.
Madison’s GPA is 100.50 and she will attend Binghamton University with a pre-med major. She’s a member of the varsity volleyball, basketball and softball teams. Her athletic honors include earning seven varsity letters; and serving as captain of these three teams.
She’s a member of the National Honor Society; High Honor Roll and High School Band. She’s also served as a high school tutor; a volunteer coach for the Orange County Bombers Travel Softball team; and was involved in the Inspire Toy Drive and Concession Stand and Tricky Tray projects.
Andrew’s GPA is 100.38 and he will attend Drexel University to major in architecture. He’s a member of the cross country and indoor/outdoor track & field teams. His athletic honors include 12 varsity letters; recipient of the Cross Country Coaches award; and cross country team captain.
He’s a member of the National Honor Society; and has served as vice president and member of the high school’s Key Club. Andrew is also the recipient of the SUNY Orange Sojourner Truth Award for English Language Arts and is involved in his parish’s Teen Group.
“Our honorees continue to be wonderful examples for other student athletes to follow,” said Athletic Director Tim Bult. “We’re very proud of their academic and athletic accomplishments and look forward to hearing about their future successes.
Educator and non-agent sports attorney Luke Fedlam gave the keynote address. Mr. Fedlam, a partner at the law firm of Porter Wright in Columbus, Ohio, leads the sports law practice for the firm and regularly advises professional athletes and sports-related businesses.
Mr. Fedlam spoke about how what he learned as a high school athlete helped him navigate his career and life. He explained how the skills of CRAFT (creativity, resilience, autonomy, flexibility and teamwork) that athletes develop can be used throughout their lives.
The event was attended by honorees, their families, school district personnel and OCIAA Executive Committee members.