Osceola Creek Middle School recently announced the recipients of its Scholar-Athlete Award for February. 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 a role model for others. This month’s honorees carry high grade point averages as well as play varsity sports.
Boys basketball honored Javen Miles, 14. “Javen is a great leader with a terrific personality,” coach Kai Lee said. “He is always willing to listen to improve as a player and person. This year, as team captain, he is second on the team in scoring and rebounding.”
Javen has perfect attendance, while sporting a 2.72 GPA. An eighth grader, he wants to be a business administration major at Ohio State University as a prelude to a business career.
Alysa Tabel, 13, an eighth grader, was honored by girls basketball. “It is with great pleasure that I nominate Alysa Tabel for Scholar-Athlete,” coach Judy DeCosta said. “As co-captain of the Osceola Creek Middle School girls basketball team, she has demonstrated exemplary sportsmanship and leadership. Ms. Tabel leads the team in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots. Most importantly, Ms. Tabel excels academically. She currently has a 4.75 GPA and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society.”
Alysa is also a member of Osceola Creek’s softball and volleyball 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 on to playing in the WNBA. She also wants to follow her father’s footsteps into law enforcement.
Girls soccer coach Tony Bugeja nominated seventh grader Riley Bresnahan. “Riley is an outstanding player on the field,” he said. “She is an impact player who contributes 100 percent on the field as in the classroom. Riley will play high school soccer and will one day move onto college. Riley will succeed in everything she encounters in life. We are proud to announce her as Scholar-Athlete.”
Riley is laying the groundwork for her success with her 4.87 GPA. Riley, 12, wants to attend an Ivy League university, or the University of California at San Diego, before entering a career in medicine or politics.
Supporting the program are Subway, Domino’s Pizza and Burger King, at Seminole Pratt Whitney Road and Orange Blvd., and Dairy Queen at Royal Palm Beach Blvd. and Okeechobee Blvd., which donated free food coupons.
Above: (L-R) Principal Dan Frank, Alysa Tabel, Riley Bresnahan, Javen Miles and Officer Sandy Molenda.