Osceola Creek Middle School has announced the recipients of its Scholar-Athlete Award for September.
The award is sponsored by the school police and honors varsity athletes who also excel in academics, effort, behavior and school spirit, and serve as role models for others. This month’s honorees carry high grade point averages as well as play varsity sports. Both are eighth-graders, have perfect attendance and are members of the National Junior Honor Society.
Alysa Tabel, 13, was honored by girls softball. “Alysa challenges herself in the classroom and on the softball field,” coach Deb Foreman said. “She is a team player. She motivates her teammates and always keeps a positive attitude about school and athletics. Alyssa will continue to be a positive leader in the future!”
Tabel has a 4.86 grade point average while also being a member of Osceola Creek’s volleyball and basketball teams. She was selected as the Female Athlete of the Year as a sixth-grader. She hopes to play basketball at the University of Connecticut, then onto playing in the WNBA. She also wants to follow her father’s footsteps into law enforcement.
Boys baseball honored Thomas Kelly, 13. “At Osceola Creek Middle School, Thomas is succeeding on the field and in the classroom coach Jay Mermelstein said. “He is an honor student who happens to also contribute on the diamond.”
Kelly carries a 5.00 grade point average while playing on Osceola Creek’s basketball, volleyball and track teams. He wants to attend the University of Florida as a business major. Kelly hopes to play in professional sports, Major League Baseball being his goal, and like Tabel hopes to follow family footsteps into law enforcement.
Supporting the program are Subway, Domino’s Pizza and Burger King (located at Seminole Pratt Whitney Road and Orange Blvd.) and Dairy Queen (at Royal Palm Beach and Okeechobee boulevards), which donated free food coupons.
Above: Osceola Creek Principal Dan Frank, Tom Kelly, Alysa Tabel and School Officer Sandy Molenda.