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Jun, 2019

PONY Alumni Scholarship Award Winners Announced

PONY Baseball and Softball is proud to announce its annual Alumni Scholarship Award winners for the 2018-19 school year, after receiving a record number of submitted applications for the second-consecutive year. Annually, PONY awards $2,000 scholarships to high school students who represent their United States Zones (East, West, North and South), or winners may also be chosen from the Asia-Pacific, Caribbean or Mexico Zones, respectively. 

The winners are chosen based on a grading system incorporating the students' class rank, SAT/ACT test scores, extra-curricular involvement and a written essay following the prompt: "What does Protect Our Nation's Youth mean to you?" Below are the winners, along with biographical information and a few accomplishments:

East Zone (Bill and Edi Anderson Alumni Scholarship) – Rachel Salamone (RHAM High School, Hebron, Connecticut)


  

Academics: 
W.C. Heisler Chapter National Honor Society President, Spanish National Honor Society and High Honors every quarter (all four years)
Athletics:
CT Eliminators Gold (Card) and RHAM Varsity Softball captain
Activities:
2019 Class President and Principal's Advisory member, Co-Founder of RHAM Activism Club and Co-Organizer of RHAM's Walk for the Victims of Parkland and Gun Violence and was invited as part of the Student Premier Section at the Statewide Town Hall at the Capitol in Hartford, Jonathan Trumbull Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Award recipient, Connecticut Association of Boards of Education Student Leadership Award recipient, Church of the Holy Family Youth Group and Confirmandi Retreat Team Leader, LEO's Club, Summer laborer at Kasica Enterprises LLC (all four years)
Attending:
University of Notre Dame - History/Political Science major

North Zone – Boston Cooper III (University High School, Normal, Illinois)


 
Academics: 

Illinois State Scholar, African American Hall of Fame Scholarship, Academic Cultural Technological and Scientific Olympics regional gold medals for entrepreneurship in 2016-18, National Honor Society, Minority Academic Achievement Recognition
Athletics:
Varsity Baseball and Track and Field, Colt and Palomino Baseball
Activities:
Jack and Jill of American Inc. (Chaplain, Foundation Chair and Vice President), University High School Black Student Union (Treasurer and President), Entrepreneur of Realifetees Apparel Design Company, can play 20 different percussion instruments, Marching Band, Speech Team, Tech Club, Harry Hightower Community Service Award - Bloomington-Normal NAACP, member of Eastview Christian Church, TCWA McLean County
Attending:
Vanderbilt University - Bio-Chemistry major

South Zone – Kelly Salinas (United High School, Laredo, Texas)



Academics: 
National Honor Society and Mariachi Nuevo Tecatitlan Workshop (2017-19)
Athletics:
Varsity Softball (captain), First Team All-District pitcher, LMT All-City pitcher, KGNS Most Outstanding Pitcher, Lady Longhorns Powerlifting Team regional qualifier, 2017 South Zone Softball World Series participant
Activities:
Mighty Longhorn Marching Band Flute Section Leader, U.I.L. Area G and TMEA Marching Competition first divisions, U.I.L. Texas State Marching Contest Semifinalist, TMEA Flute All-District and All-Area, Region 14 and G Symphonic Band, Most Outstanding Band Member, Texas Solo and Ensemble Regional Competition first division, 6A Area G Grand Champions, Texas State Marching Contest Semifinalist, Mariachi Del Mar Flute Section Leader, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center volunteer, Laredo Animal Care facility volunteer, Environmental Animal Society Club, Assistant Coach/Pitching Coach with the Pony League Lady Red Sox
Attending:
Our Lady of the Lake University - Biochemistry major


West Zone – John "Drew" Ferrante (Cathedral High School, Los Angeles, California)



Academics: 
Valedictorian, California Scholarship Federation, National Honor Society, Presidents Award and Academic Excellence Award

Activities:
Eagle Scout, ASB Student Government Vice President, Math Club President, Financed $4,000 and rebuilt two batting cages at San Gabriel PONY Baseball & Softball, Red Cross "Sound the Alarm" volunteer, Service C (high school service program), San Gabriel PONY snack bar volunteer, altar server, campus minister (all four years), academic tutor (all four years)
Attending:
University of Southern California - Industrial and Systems Engineering (ISE) major

Are you a rising high school senior or do you know of a high school senior who is applying for college and played PONY Baseball or Softball? Inform them that applications for the 2019-20 school year will be available beginning Sep. 1, 2019 on pony.org. For further information, contact PONY's Alumni Scholarship Coordinator Tom O'Connor via email: [email protected]

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