Osceola Creek Honors Scholar-Athletes

Osceola Creek Middle School recently announced its recipients of the 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 a role model for others. This month’s honorees carry high grade point averages as well as play varsity sports.

Karie Abel, 12, was honored in girls softball. “Karie is a leader on the field and in the classroom,” coach Deb Foreman said. “She works extremely hard in the classroom and with softball skills. Her attendance at school and support for home makes a positive impact on her life. She is very respectful and responsible young lady, and these characteristics will continue to reward her in the future.”

Abel, a seventh-grader, has perfect attendance and, despite being a multi-sport athlete, is a straight-A student with a 5.14 GPA. As a sixth-grader, she achieved the Outstanding Percussionist award in band. She hopes to attend the University of Florida as a precursor to a career in paleontology.

Boys baseball honored Dylan Leggio, 13. “Dylan has been a major contributor to the heart of the Osceola Creek lineup,” coach Jay Mermelstein said. “This outfielder is also part of the symphonic band and a member of the National Junior Honor Society. Dylan is a prime example of someone who gets it done on and off the field.”

Leggio also is a straight-A student with a 5.14 GPA. He made school history this month when he hit the first over-the-fence home run in the school’s history.

As a bit of trivia to go along with his homer, the school’s new principal, Mrs. Nicole Daly, garnered the school’s first-ever athletic trophy when, 10 years ago this month, she coached the girls softball team to an undefeated regular season.

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 Nicole Daly, Karie Abel, Dylan Leggio and School Police Officer Sandy Molenda.