On Thursday, May 30, Ringgold High School hosted its annual Senior Awards Ceremony to recognize the achievements of the Ringgold Class of 2019. Included as part of the ceremony were several athletic awards.
Each year, the WPIAL Scholar Athlete program recognizes and honors young men and women from member schools who excel in athletics, academics, and community service involvement. Every member school is permitted to nominate one male and female student for consideration. This year there were over 160 nominations and Ringgold’s Anna Vogt was selected as one of only 10 female winners. Anna becomes only the third winner in Ringgold’s history and first since 2015. On May 13th, Anna received her scholarship and commemorative plaque at a luncheon in Greentree.
Addtionally, throughout the school year, the Athletic Department is asked to nominate deserving athletes for several community awards and recognitions. This year’s list included the Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame and Washington-Greene County Hall of Fame. Anna Vogt and Eli Schoedel were selected to attend the Mid Mon Valley All Sports Hall of Fame banquet later in June, while Trent Gerard received distinction for the Washington-Greene County banquet.
At the Senior Awards ceremony, the first major award was presented for Distinguished 4.0 GPA Athletes. This award honors student-athletes who have excelled academically in the classroom, maintaining an overall grade point average of 4.0 while participating on one or more Ringgold sports teams. This year’s distinguished athletes were: Cole Bianchi, Ashley Ficorilli, Trent Gerard, Nick Kolano, Madelyn Koontz, John Lignelli, Rebecca Noll, and Katlyn Vercamen.
The Tri-Athlete Award was presented to those students who have participated on three or more sports teams over the last year. This tri-athlete award recognizes a very elite group for their dedication and commitment to Ringgold Athletics. This year’s recipients were: Kevin Feld, Trent Gerard, Valerio Gori, Alex Grossi, Ryan Leech, John Lignelli, Donovan Long, and Faith Martin.
Finally, the Athletic Department gives an award to one male and one female who best exemplify success as a “student-athlete.”Athletes were nominated by their head coach and all varsity head coaches voted to select the winners. To be eligible, all nominees must have earned at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA and must have demonstrated superior athletic achievement. This year’s Female Athlete of the Year was Anna Vogt and for the first time ever, there was a tie for male athlete of the year. The Co-Male Athletes of the Year were Chase Angotti and Eric Obringer.
Congratulations to all of our senior student-athlete award winners!