Fall varsity teams at Burke earn coveted scholar-athlete awards

High academic achievement of 90 percent GPA or more is needed to qualify for this honor


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  • John S. Burke Catholic High School students who earned the highest GPAs on their respective Fall Sport team. Students are (from left to right): Cory Lee (Football), Lauren Staiger (Tennis), Juliana Gezstesi (Cross-Country), Mackenzie Weidel (Cheerleading), Amy Kyle (Soccer), Jen Lawless (Volleyball), Kristina Ferrara (Swimming), Jeremy Maas (Soccer). Absent from picture: John Zick (Cross-Country) (Photo provided)



— All eight John S. Burke Catholic High School Fall Sport Varsity teams have earned the coveted statewide Scholar-Athlete Team Award, making it a banner season for the school.

The teams recognized by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association award are: Girls and Boys Cross-Country, Boys and Girls Soccer, Football, Girls Swimming, Girls Tennis and Girls Volleyball.

In order to earn this honor, at least 75 percent of each team’s roster had to earn an overall GPA of 90 percent or more. To recognize the achievement, Burke Catholic will award scholar-athlete pins to individual students who achieved a GPA of more than 90 percent.

Members of Football Cheerleading, a club, are being recognized internally for also attaining this high academic standard.

Top-scoring studentsThe following students achieved the highest GPAs within their individual fall varsity teams:

Boys Soccer — Jeremy Maas, 96.2 percent

Girls Soccer — Amy Kyle, 96.73 percent

Football — Cory Lee, 96.84 percent

Girls Tennis — Lauren Staiger, 98.26 percent

Boys Cross-Country- John Zick, 97.18 percent

Girls Cross-Country — Julianna Gezstesi, 99.7 percent

Volleyball — Jen Lawless, 100.9 percent

Girls Swimming- Kristina Ferrara, 99.44 percent

Cheerleading (non NYSPHSAA team) — Mackenzie Weidel, 99.72 percent

The total number of students on each team achieving a GPA of 90 percent or higher include:

Football — 15

Boys Soccer — 14

Girls Soccer — 9

Girls Tennis — 13

Boys Cross-Country — 7

Girls Cross-Country — 14

Volleyball — 5

Girls Swimming — 6

Cheerleading — 6

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