This year Port Richmond High Schools Award Assembly took place on Wednesday, June 6, 2018. Unfortunately I could not attend this year, so Naomi DelMastro Port Richmond’s College Advisor presented this years awards. The awards went to Hailey Schnell and Charles Virella. Since I didn’t get to present the awards this year I was excited to meet with our recipients, something we do each year after the assembly. This year the meeting took place in the College Office on Tuesday, June 19th.

After telling them how our awards system works and what they should expect I went on to get to know them somewhat.

HAILEY, seemed to be a very sweet, happy young woman. Hailey was on PRHS Bowling Team and on the JV Softball Team, which she claimed that she really enjoyed....when asked why she picked these sports she told me that these were sports that family members and friends had participated in, so she thought she would try them and she was glad she did because she loved them. She also was involved in cheerleading outside and after school.

She claims that her Living Environments Science Class was probably the class she most look forward to attending. She told me that all her teachers were fantastic......pushing her to her limits and over. She will be majoring in Medical Nursing, but says that she is still open to other options in that field that could come her way.

All students have to participate in 40 hours of Community Service......she participated in helping with organization of the Travis 4th of July Parade......She coached her competitive Cheer Team......She helped in her Church participating in Clean Ups after events.

Hailey will attend Pace University’s Westchester Campus in the fall semester 2018.

CHARLES, a gentleman and very soft spoken participated for 4 years on the Football Team, 3 years on the Wrestling Team. He was also on the Baseball Team and Track and Field Team for a shorter duration......He has earned for his efforts and participation in Football, The Fred Frugazi All-Star Award, All Conference Team Award, and Academic All City Award. Pretty impressive I thought. He has his Step-father to thank for his influencing him to try out for the football team.

He wants to play College Football and is interested in pursuing a career as an FBI agent after earning a degree in Criminal Justice which will have furthered his education in Criminal behavior and science.

He also gave 40 hours of his time to Community Service. From helping to clean the streets around Port Richmond, participating in Food Drives at Shoprite. He helped on field at games and also helped to tutor his disabled brother.

Charles will be attending Hartwick College in Oneonta NY in the fall of 2018.

We wish both of these students the best of everything in striving for their goals!