Osceola Creek Salutes Student-Athletes

Osceola Creek Middle School recently announced the recipients of its Scholar-Athlete Award for March. 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.

Boys basketball honored Brady Pennypacker, 13, an eighth grader. “Brady worked extremely hard during the last few months to become the team’s most-improved player,” coach Kai Lee said. “As the team’s starting shooting guard, he demonstrated great leadership and always kept a positive attitude during games. In the classroom, Brady earned Principal’s Honor Roll and truly embodies the term student-athlete.”

Pennypacker carries a 4.80 GPA, while also being a member of Osceola Creek’s boys soccer team. Also named Male Athlete of the Year as a sixth and seventh grader, Pennypacker wants to attend the University of Florida and become a firefighter.

Amy Chung, 14, was honored in girls basketball. “It is with great pleasure that I nominate Amy Chung for Scholar Athlete of the Month,” coach Judy Decosta said. “As a member of the of the Osceola Creek Middle School girls basketball team, she has demonstrated hard work and determination. Ms. Chung leads the team in assists and is a vital part of both the offense and defense. Most importantly, Ms. Chung excels academically. She currently has a 5.00 GPA and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society.”

Chung, an eighth grader, also runs track for Osceola Creek. Amy is undecided on a college; however, she is decided on a career as an architect.

Nalani Starcher, 12, was honored for girls soccer. “Nalani Starcher is this year’s scholar athlete,” girls soccer Coach Tony Bugeja said. “Nalani was an outstanding captain for our girls soccer team this season. A true leader here at Osceola Creek, we are blessed to have her for one more year. She has also been a leader off the field. Nalani is one of our brightest students on our campus.”

Starcher, a seventh grader, has perfect attendance to go with her 4.96 GPA. She has not picked a college yet; however, she does want a career as a pediatric dentist. Starcher also runs track at Osceola Creek and has been awarded the Golden Bear Badge and the Reading Plus award.

Supporting the program are Subway, Domino’s Pizza and Burger King, located at Seminole Pratt Whitney Road and Orange Blvd., and Dairy Queen in Royal Palm Beach, which donated free food coupons.

Above: Principal Dan Frank with Brady Pennypacker, Amy Chung, Nalani Starcher and School Police Officer Sandy Molenda.