Osceola Creek Honors Scholar-Athletes

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

Boys volleyball honored Dustin Drake, 14, an eighth grader.

“Dustin Drake is my scholar athlete,” coach Shayne Sanderford said. “He not only is a member of the volleyball team, but he also maintains a 5.0 GPA. Between practices every day and two to three games a week, Dustin finds the time to study and keep his GPA above the bar. This is Dustin’s first year playing on the volleyball team, and he is not only becoming a good volleyball player, but is an excellent role model both in character and academics. He shows great sportsmanship on the court, and I believe he will go far in whatever he chooses to do in the future.”

Drake, who has perfect attendance, is also a member of the school’s baseball team. He is undecided on a college, but is set on a career as a civil engineer.

Boys and girls track and field honored Riley Bresnahan and Josiah Jones.

“It is with great pleasure that I nominate Riley Bresnahan for Scholar Athlete of the Month,” said Athletic Director Judy DeCosta, the girls track coach. “As a member of the Osceola Creek Middle School girls track team, she has demonstrated hard work, leadership and determination. She has been selected to compete in the mile at the Palm Beach County Regional Track Meet. Ms. Bresnahan is a member of the National Junior Honor Society and volunteers as a youth soccer coach. She would like to attend Dartmouth College and study neurology or sports medicine.”

Bresnahan, 13, an eighth grader, is carrying a 5.20 grade point average, and also is a member of the school’s girls soccer team.

“Josiah Jones has earned the honor of scholar athlete,” boys track coach Jay Mermelstein said. “His 3.30 GPA and domination on the track has put him at the top. Josiah will be representing Osceola Creek at the regional meet, participating in the 1600 and 800 meters.”

Jones, 13, also plays on Osceola Creek’s soccer and basketball teams, and is a member of the “Just Chillin” club, which raises awareness of fellow students whose families cannot afford cool weather clothing. Jones, a sixth grader, isn’t set yet on a college, but is set on a career as a medical doctor.

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, Riley Bresnahan, Dustin Drake, Josiah Jones and Officer Sandy Molenda.