Milford Umpires Association grants scholarships
The Milford Umpires Association, a member of the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), recently awarded nine college scholarships.
Eight scholarships were selected in conjunction with the respective school guidance departments, with an additional recipient selected independently by the Milford Umpires Association.
The recipients were honored for scholastic achievement, community involvement and participation in high school athletics.
All of the scholarship recipients plan to attend a four-year college.
The recipients of the scholarships were: from Jonathan Law High School — Kaitlyn Lynch, Amanda Norman, Robert Griswold and Janet Petrie, for Joseph A. Foran High School — Samantha Bennett, Hannah Buckley, Bryan Firmender and Robert McGinnis and from Amity — Paige Cologgi.
Lynch was a player and manager of the softball team, secretary of the French club and interned for the Bridgeport Bluefish baseball team. She plans on attending University of Bridgeport.
Norman was a member of the Marching and Competitive band, versed in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop. She has volunteered as a tutor at a local elementary school. She plans on attending Quinnipiac University.
Griswold was a four-year member and junior and senior captain of the baseball team. He was selected as a member of the Hammonassett All Division team both junior and senior year. He plans on attending Long Island University, where he will play Division I baseball.
Petrie was a four-year member of the soccer team, a participant of the golf, indoor and outdoor track and wrestling team. In the summer he works for the Milford Recreation Department teaching children how to play basketball. He served as treasurer of the senior class. He plans on attending La Salle University, where he will study criminal justice.
Bennett was a member of the SCC All-Academic team, a four-year member and senior captain of the volleyball team and a two-year member of the softball team. She was the vice president of the Helping Hands Club. She plans on attending Pace University with a major in nursing.
Buckley was a member of the SCC All-Academic team, a four-year member and senior captain of the swim team, three-year member of the track team, a member of the softball team and four-year manager of the boys swim team. She was president of the French Club and French Honor Society. She plans to double major in sports management and marketing at Endicott College.
Firmender was a member of the SCC All-Academic team, a four-year member of the baseball team, three-year member of the Lion Pride and Key Clubs. He plans on attending Southern Connecticut State University with a major in physical therapy or sports medicine.
McGinnis was a member of the SCC All-Academic team, a four-year member and senior captain of the lacrosse and indoor track team and a four-year member of the Unified Sports and Natural Helpers. He plans on attending Roger Williams University with a major in economics or finance.
Cologgi was a four-year member of the soccer team, a member of the Students Against Destructive Decisions Club, president of the Community Actions Club and secretary of the National Chinese Honor Society. She plans on attending Penn State University.
Russ Pasacreta, president of the Milford Umpires Association congratulated all of the recipients.
“It’s very gratifying to award these scholarships”, Pasacreta said. “In addition to their athletic and academic achievements, these young people have distinguished themselves in ways that are almost too numerous to mention, we salute them all.”
The Milford Umpires Association also donates to the local Toys for Tots campaign and the Milford Food Bank.
The Association provides umpiring services to the city of Milford Recreation Dept., as well as to state and national softball tournaments for both youth and adult play.