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Schools Chancellor Walcott Announces Winners of the Public Schools Athletic League's Annual Wingate Awards for Outstanding Performance in Varsity Sports


2011 Winner Williams Jerez, Centerfielder for the Grand Street Educational Campus, Was Drafted by the Boston Red Sox This Month

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Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott today announced the 2011 winners of the Public Schools Athletic League’s (PSAL) annual Wingate Awards for outstanding performance in varsity sports, including baseball, bowling, cricket, Double Dutch, football, softball, swimming, and gymnastics. Each year, the PSAL honors outstanding student-athletes. This year’s winners, all of whom are graduating seniors, were honored at St. Francis College in Brooklyn.

“Congratulations to our athletes for a terrific year in high school competitive sports where many of our students were named All American in their sport,” Chancellor Dennis M. Walcott said. “It is a testament to the PSAL program and to the focus and determination of these young athletes who also must do well in school to participate. They have shown prowess on the field and in the classroom.”

“Our students had a spectacular year this year, playing a football championship game at Yankee Stadium and basketball championship games at Madison Square Garden,” said Deputy Chancellor of Operations Kathleen Grimm. “During these games, they played well and showed good sportsmanship, which is a cornerstone of the PSAL. Congratulations to all our student athletes.”

“I applaud our student-athletes and thank them for giving us exciting games to watch throughout this past year,” said Eric Goldstein, CEO of SchoolFood, Transportation, and the PSAL. “One of our players, Williams Jerez of Grand Street Campus, was drafted by the Boston Red Sox and another player, Morgan Phillips of Frederick Douglass Academy, was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds.”

“All of our students and their families should be proud of what they accomplished this year,” PSAL director Donald Douglas said. “The PSAL offers a wide variety of competitive sports from the traditional, such as baseball and football, to the non-traditional, such as cricket and Double Dutch, and many of our student athletes participate in multiple sports.”

The PSAL Wingate Fund was created in 1903 as the Public Schools Athletic League with the dual purpose of financing and administering athletic programs in New York City public schools. When the school system assumed primary responsibility for these activities, PSAL Inc., and the General George Wingate Fund continued to provide financial support for the PSAL.

More than 30,000 students, both boys and girls, participate in the PSAL, with many playing multiple sports. In addition, more than 200 high schools participate, collectively fielding more than 2,400 sports teams.

The PSAL winners are:


2010-2011 PSAL Wingate Award Fall Season Winners

Girls Bowling

Maria Gumb

Tottenville High School

Boys Bowling

Dylan Bustillo

Forest Hills High School

Girls Cross Country

Katherine Currier

Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School

Boys Cross Country

Aaron Somoroff

Bronx H.S. of Science

Boys Fencing

Ross Calimlim

McKee/Staten Island Tech


Brandon Reddish

Fort Hamilton High School

Girls Golf

Christa Golden

New Dorp High School

Girls Soccer

Niri Halperin

Brooklyn Technical High School

Boys Soccer

Rodolfo Paguada

John Adams High School

Girls Swimming

Krista Caputo

Curtis High School

Girls Volleyball

Shannon Appel

Midwood High School


2010-2011  PSAL Wingate Award Winter Season Winners

Girls Basketball

Ashley Gomez

Murry Bergtraum High School

Boys Basketball

Shaquille Stokes

Abraham Lincoln  High School

Girls Gymnastics

Chloe Hirschowitz

Stuyvesant High School

Boys Gymnastics

V Dal Cummings

John F. Kennedy High School

Girls Indoor Track

Claudia Francis

Benjamin Cardozo High School

Boys Indoor Track

Richmond Ahadzi

Sheepshead Bay High School             

Boys Swimming

William Middleton

Curtis High School


William Vera

William C. Bryant High School

Alternative League

Boys Basketball

Kevin Charles

Thelma Hamilton Campus


2010-2011  PSAL Wingate Award Spring Season Winners


Williams Jerez

Grand Street Campus


Imdad Khan

Aviation Career and Tech High School

Double Dutch

Keziah Watters

Thomas Edison High School

Girls Fencing

Jin Yee Li

Townsend Harris High School

Boys Golf

Xander McDonald Smith

The Scholars Academy

Girls Handball

Serena Wu

Midwood High School

Boys Handball

Jack Wong

Midwood High School

Girls Lacrosse

Megan Kane

Tottenville High School

Boys Lacrosse

Artur Zych

Midwood High School

Girls Outdoor Track

Chamique Francis

Benjamin Cardozo High School

Boys Outdoor Track

Shane Green

Erasmus Hall Campus

Boys Rugby

William Rosa

Eagle Academy

Girls Rugby

Catharine Perez

South Bronx (Validus Prep)


Kayla Hill

James Madison High School

Victoria McFarland

Tottenville High School

Boys Tennis

Quinton Vega

Beacon High School

Girls Tennis

Leighann Sahagun

Benjamin Cardozo High School

Boys Volleyball

Troy Gaugler

William C. Bryant High School

Alternative League

Girls Basketball    

Brittany Allen

Queens Academy High School