Congratulations to the 2014 Award Winners
Ed Abramoski Scholarship Award – Michelle Bandell – Hofstra University
NYSATA Scholarship – Norville Yearwood – Dominican College
District II Award – Andrew Claypool – Ithaca College
Kent Scriber Recognition Award – Bob O’Malley, MEd, ATC – Excelsior Orthopedics
Sciera Service Award – Kristy Hart, MS, ATC, CSCS
Thomas J. Sheehan Jr. Award – Tim Neal, MS, ATC – Syracuse University
Hall of Fame Award – Andy Smith, MS, ATC – Canisius College
Joe Abraham Award – Hendrick Hudson High School and Megan Greiner, ATC
2014 Scholarship Winner Biographies
Andrew Claypool is a senior at Ithaca College. To this point, he has earned a 3.82 grade point average as an Athletic Training major. The Director of the Athletic Training Program at Ithaca, Paul Geisler states, “Andrew is undoubtedly in the top 1% of all students I have ever encountered in my 15 years of higher education … He is always supremely prepared, deeply interested, and incredibly bright; and when combined with his outstanding sense of compassion, work ethic and time management…” Andrew has been awarded several other academic scholarships at Ithaca College and has earned a place on the Dean’s List in all four of his years. Courtney Gray, Clinical Associate Professor/Athletic Trainer for Ithaca College, wrote, “He has demonstrated a level of dedication, leadership, and motivation rarely seen in someone his age and has even volunteered to continue to work with the team during upcoming winter breaks. This year he has been an exemplary role model for the junior and sophomore students by always being mature and professional when working with athletes.” Andrew Claypool has demonstrated exceptional work in his undergraduate career and established himself as a worthy recipient of a scholarship. It is my pleasure to present, Andrew Claypool with the District 2 Scholarship for 2013-14.
Norville Yearwood is in his second year in the Athletic Training program at Dominican College. After transferring into Dominican he earned a 3.9 grade point average in his first semester. Jenna Hach, the Clinical Education Coordinator at Dominican had this to say about Norville, “He has shown himself to be one of our most academically talented students with a passion for athletic training and a strong moral character. As an adult student, he is self-motivated and prioritizes his professional experience. Mr. Yearwood is well liked and admired by his professors, preceptor/clinical instructors and peers.” To date, most of Norville’s experience has occurred while working at Hendrick Hudson High School. It is reported that he has earned the respect of the students very quickly. He is often missed on days he is not there, and is well-utilized when working. Norville is off to a great start and there is little doubt that he will be an exceptional Athletic Trainer and a credit to our profession as another quality product of New York State Athletic Training programs. It is my pleasure to present Norville Yearwood with the NYSATA Scholarship for 2013-14.
Michelle Bandell is a senior at Hofstra University. She currently holds a 3.8 grade point average as an Athletic Training Major and Physical Education and Sport Sciences Minor. David Riviere is an Athletic Trainer at Hofstra and he supervised Michelle. He states, “Where most students are nervous during their first solo clinic, Michelle had command of her tasks, and she presented the cases with the confidence of an upper level student.” Riviere continues, “Miss Bandell has been my best student in my eight semesters as a preceptor and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this scholarship.” Michelle was elected to be the secretary of Hofstra’s Athletic Training Society and named to the Dean’s List several times. She has a bright future in Athletic Training and is a very worthy recipient of a NYSATA Scholarship. It is my pleasure to award Michelle Bandell the Ed Abramoski Scholarship for 2013-14.