Osceola Creek Awards Scholar-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. This month’s honorees carry high grade point averages and play varsity sports.

Boys basketball honored Daulton Frank, 13, a seventh grader. “My scholar-athlete for March is Daulton Frank, for his hard work and dedication in the classroom,” coach Henry Haston said. “He maintained an outstanding GPA while competing in basketball.”

Frank, who is carrying a 4.94 GPA, wants to attend Florida State University, and is undecided on a major or career. He also plays baseball at Osceola Creek and was honored earlier this school year as the scholar-athlete for that sport.

Karie Abel, 14, an eighth grader, was honored in girls basketball. “It is with great pleasure that I nominate Karie Abel for Scholar-Athlete of the Month,” coach Judy DeCosta said. “As a member of the Osceola Creek Middle School girls softball team, basketball team and track team, she has demonstrated hard work, leadership and determination. Ms. Abel is a member of the Culinary Arts Academy, and the jazz band. She demonstrates great success in the classroom as well by maintaining a 5.10 GPA. We are extremely proud to have Karie Abel represent Osceola Creek Middle School.”

As a sixth grader, Abel achieved the outstanding percussionist award in band. She hopes to attend the University of Florida as a precursor to a career in paleontology.

Girls soccer coach Tony Bugeja honored Amy Garro, 14, an eighth grader.

“Amy Garro has been a blessing to have as a leader on the Osceola Creek soccer team. She has worked hard for three years to help build this program to being one of the top programs in the West Division,” Bugeja said. “She was always able to lead our girls even through the tough times. She will truly be missed as she moves on to high school. We look forward to seeing her become an outstanding leader in her community.”

Garro is carrying a 4.00 GPA. She wants to major in fire science and attend the fire academy, and follow the footsteps of her parents in the fire-rescue profession.

Supporting the program are Subway, Domino’s Pizza, McDonald’s, the Loxahatchee Ice Cream Co., 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, Daulton Frank, Amy Garro and Officer Sandy Molenda.