Benedictine Academy Presents Sports Awards

ELIZABETH — Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth held its annual “Sports Awards Night” on May 13 at the all-female Catholic college prep high school. Players from the school’s sports teams were recognized for their many talents and contributions during this past academic year.

The “Athlete of the Year” Award went to senior Amanda Boykins for her accomplishments as a member of the Benedictine Academy track team. The track team won first place in the NJ Catholic Track Conference Championship Meet, second place in the Union County Relays, and third place in the state Non-Public Championships. Boykins, a resident of Irvington, was chosen as the senior Scholar-Athlete who best exemplifies the mission and beliefs of the Academy, performs at high athletic standards, and demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship.

Five students received awards for “Most Valuable Player”: Boykins for Track; Cynthia Amaya of Hillside for soccer; Stephanie Vaz of Newark for softball; Chisom Emeana of Hillside for volleyball; and Haneah Jackson of Hillside for basketball.

Amanda Boykins, (second from left) holds the trophy awarded to her as “Athlete of the Year” at Benedictine Academy, as she shares a moment of accomplishment with (l-r) Track Coach Eddie Greene, and her parents, Leslie and Kevin Boykins. Boykins’ athletic contributions to her school’s track team resulted in many track awards for the Academy during the cross-country, indoor track and spring track seasons. The photo was taken at Benedictine Academy’s “Sports Awards Night” on May 13.

Coach Mike Jones (center) posed with Benedictine Academy athletes at the school’s annual “Sports Awards Night”. Jones (center) is pictured with (l-r) Natalia Saavedra of Hillside (“Most Hits- Softball”); Stephanie Vaz of Newark (“MVP- Softball”); Vanessa Devia of Elizabeth (“Most Improved- Softball); and Martha Devia of Elizabeth (“Most Improved- Volleyball”).

Members of the Benedictine Academy Track Team pose with the trophy awarded for placing first in the NJ Catholic Track Conference, while enjoying their school’s annual “Sports Awards Night” on May 13. Standing are (l-r) Thanita Kennedy of Hillside, Track Coach Eddie Greene, Amanda Boykins of Irvington, Athletic Director Mike Jones, Beatrice Thompson of Newark, and Samantha Frejeuste of Irvington. Kneeling are: Natalie Mc Alister of Bloomfield and Kiana Winston of Roselle.

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