Umpire's Association awards top student athletes

The Milford Umpires Association, a member of the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), recently awarded 10 college scholarships, made possible through the collection of team fees from local ASA adult slow-pitch softball tournaments.

Eight scholarship recipients were selected in conjunction with the respective school guidance departments, with two additional recipients 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 four-year colleges.

The recipients of the 2015 Milford Umpires Association scholarships were: Amar Almidani, Ava Favazza, Darby Hudd, Dhruvit Patel, Hayley Della Sanchez and Holly Stewart, all from Jonathan Law High School; and Danielle Kemp, Robert Lynch, Ashley Lynn Mendillo and Joe Radecki, all from Joseph A. Foran High School.

Almidani participated in soccer, swimming and tennis, and was captain of the swim and tennis teams. He also was a member of the Key Club and the Model United Nations Club. Almidani will attend the University of Connecticut, where he will major in biological sciences.

Favazza was a swim team member and manager for three years. She competed in the outdoor track team, the debate team, the Law school band, the Winter Guard, and was president of the Friends Forever Club. Favazza will attend Albertus Magnus College.

Hudd was a Law cheerleader and squad captain, and was on the track team. She was a contributing writer to the Advocate, the school newspaper, and participated in the Interact Club. Hudd will attend Southern Connecticut State University.

Patel was a member and captain of the Jonathan Law tennis team. He participated in the Key Club, the Science STEM Club, and was selected as a member of the National Honor Society. He will major in biomedical engineering at UConn.

Della Sanchez was a Law honor student and member of the school’s tennis club. She was a writer and also editor-in-chief of the Advocate, the school newspaper. Sanchez will attend Washington College, in Chestertown, Maryland.

Stewart participated in the Jonathan Law Keyette Club, as well as the indoor and outdoor track teams. She was captain of both track teams. Stewart plans to attend the University of New Haven, where she will major in criminal justice.

From Foran High School, Kemp was a member of the National Honor Society and was a CAPT Scholar.  Kemp participated in varsity basketball, softball and volleyball, and was a captain of the softball team as a senior. Kemp will attend Stony Brook University and major in health sciences.

Lynch was a member of the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars and was selected for the National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence. Lynch was a member of the Foran baseball team and was captain as a senior. He will attend Quinnipiac University.

Mendillo was a Foran High School honor roll student  and four-year member of the softball and volleyball teams. She was a softball team captain as a senior. Mendillo participated in Natural Helpers and as a volunteer in high school Unified Sports. Mendillo will attend Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire.

Radecki was a Foran High School CAPT Scholar and a recipient of the United States Army Scholar-Athlete Award as a junior. He was a member of the Innovative Thinkers leadership group and played baseball, basketball and football. Radecki will major in engineering at the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston.

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 Department, as well as to state and national softball tournaments for both youth and adult players.