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Winter athletes and scholars recognized at board meeting

April 26, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

At Monday's Board of Education meeting, special recognition was given to winter athletes and scholars. Several coaches were on hand to highlight what was a fairly decent season for many.

Boardman senior Ben Burkey, a four-year bowler and three-year letter winner, was honored for his excellent career at Boardman. He finished the season with a 205 average in AAC Red Tier and placed second in the league. He posted a season high of 268 and earned third spot on the AAC (All American Conference) Team. He placed second in sectionals to qualify for districts where he placed fourth to qualify for state where he placed 32 out of 205 bowlers. He also earned his Eagle Scout award last fall and will be attending Kent State this fall to major in air traffic with a minor in finance.

From the Boardman Quiz Bowl Team, senior captain Pranav Padmandabhan was given recognition for his own accomplishments. He was named the league's Player of the Year for the past two years. Pranav competed in the NAQT Quiz Bowl Individual Player National Championship at the Hyatt Regency O'Hare in Chicago, IL on April 15. He took 25th place against 100 of the best players from around the country.

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BHS Bowler Ben Burkey was honored for his great career at Monday's Board of Education meeting.

While he racked up a lot of honors, the Boardman Quiz Bowl Team season is not fully over yet. The team became Mahoning League Champs and has placed fourth in the state. On Memorial Day weekend, the team will be traveling to Atlanta for the national tournament. That prompted Padmandabhan to address the Board of Education under public response.

"This was our best season," he told board members. "We are going to nationals in Atlanta and we are asking for help in funding."

Team adviser Randy Nord said the Quiz Bowl Team spends hours practicing and they are looking forward to doing well at the national tournament. Nord said the team has not lost a league match since 2014, and this year's championship is their fourth year in a row to take home that trophy.

We hosted our first event, the Boardman Invitational, this year," Padmandabhan said. "We had the highest points for the season in Mahoning County history. We are currently ranked 115th in the nation."

The BHS Quiz Bowl Team includs Pranav, Kaylee Davis (JV), Bryce Edison (JV/Varsity), Judy Garzanich (Varsity), Noah Holdridge (JV), Devin Holt (JV), Sophia McGee (Varsity), Jack Pendleton (Varsity), Jakob Peters (JV), Tony Saab (JV), Andrew Schrembeck (JV), and Danny Turillo (Varsity).

From the swim team, more honors were given Coach Carlo Cordon read off the names of five outstanding swimmers from the boys' team. Mentioned were Noah Basista, Matthew DunLany, Kyle Kimerer, and Callen Aulizia. In February, these four individuals represented Boardman High School at the Ohio State Swimming Championship meet and placed ninth overall in the entire state for team points. Each swimmer also qualified individually to compete in their own events. Also recognized was David Giancola.

Cordon went on to say how the boys and girls team won the NEAC and AAC conference meets under himself and coaches Chad DeAngelo and Terry O'Halloran.

"Coach O'Halloran was named swimming Coach of the Year in the AAC in January, was named district Coach of the Year, and went on to be named Ohio State Swimming Coach of the Year," Cordon said.

The final team to be recognized from winter sports was the Glenwood Junior High School Wrestling Team under Coach Frank Mancini. The team included wrestlers Daniel Fetty, Aidan Holt, Tyler Rea, Tristen Hutchko, Peyton Switka, Dominic Vennetti, Sean O'Horo, Ashton LaBelle, Christian Odom, Gavin Fernandez, and Blaine Strines.

In other business:

The board accepted a $912 donation from Cynthia Fernback, Principal at Boardman High School, that will be used to replace the associate principal's office carpeting from DJV Carpet.

Levy Committee Chair Linda Beichner reported 120 volunteers knocked on 3,000 doors on Saturday to

urge passage of the upcoming school levy. "We also have three free all-calls that will be used to get the word out to go and vote," she said.



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