[PHOTOS] Benedictine Academy Sports Awards Night

ELIZABETH — Benedictine Academy (BA) in Elizabeth held its annual “Sports Awards Night” on May 16 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 Tabitha Davis of Irvington. The award is presented annually to the senior scholar-athlete who best exemplifies the mission and beliefs of the Academy, performs at high athletic and academic standards, and demonstrates outstanding sportsmanship. Davis’ contributions to three of the school’s sports teams, particularly, basketball, helped her win the award. The five-foot-eight guard finished the season with 389 points in 21 games, averaging 18.5 points per game. Davis, who was team captain, also successfully made 135 free throws. She amassed 1051 points during her years playing hoops at the Academy, the second highest total in the school’s history. Davis, who will be attending Rutgers University next year, also excelled in softball for Benedictine Academy, accumulating a .418 batting average so far this season, with fifteen walks and twenty-four stolen bases. She also has been a valuable member of the Academy’s volleyball team.

In addition, senior Samantha Herrejon of Union was recognized as a Union County Scholar-Athlete of the Year. Herrejon had been honored as a Scholar-Athlete on May 8 at the Union County Interscholastic Scholarship Conference (UCISC) dinner, along with other outstanding students from high schools around the County. Herrejon played soccer all four years at Benedictine Academy and served as team captain.

At the Sports Awards Dinner held at the Academy, the school’s Track Team was recognized for its accomplishments this season and at the Penn Relays, held in Philadelphia in April. While competing at the oldest relay meet in America, BA’s runners, under the coaching of Angelo Clark, ran in the H.S. Girls 4×100 Relay (for Small Schools) and placed first with an overall time of 51.26. They also placed first out of fourteen schools at that competition in the HS Girls 4×400 with a time of 4:04.94.

Several students received awards for “Most Valuable Player” during the Benedictine Academy Sports Awards night: Ramira Mayse of Linden for Track; Marielis Vazquez of Elizabeth for softball; Samantha Herrejon for soccer, and, Tabitha Davis for volleyball and basketball.

Another highlight of the Benedictine Academy Sports Awards event was the recognition of senior student Shervonne Gittens of Elizabeth, as the recipient of the U.S. Military Fitness & Sports Award given by the U.S. Armed Services.

All Benedictine Academy teams were honored at the Sports Awards Dinner including the volleyball, soccer, track, basketball and softball teams, all under the guidance of Athletic Director Mike Jones.


Samantha Herrejon (left), a senior at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, has been named Scholar-Athlete by both her school and the Union County Interscholastic Scholarship Conference (UCISC). Senior Shervonne Gittens (center) received the U.S. Military Fitness & Sports Award given by the U.S. Armed Services. And Tabitha Davis (right) received her school’s Athlete of the Year Award. All three were recognized at Benedictine Academy’s annual Sports Awards Dinner held May 16.


Several Benedictine Academy team members were named “Most Valuable Player” at the annual Sports Awards Dinner held May 16. Pictured are MVP’s: Tabitha Davis (basketball and volleyball); Kayla Hunt of Orange (track); Marielis Vazquez of Elizabeth(softball) and Samantha Herrejon of Union (soccer). Absent from photo- Ramira Mayse of Linden, also an MVP for track.


Benedictine Academy track team members pose with first place award won during the Penn Relays in April. (L-R): Kayla Hunt of Orange; Zhane Lee of Newark; Tahjanaya Dorival of Roselle and Coach Angelo Clark. Absent from photo- Ramira Mayse of Linden. They placed first out of fourteen schools in the HS Girls 4×400 with a time of 4:04.94.


Coaches make the difference at Benedictine Academy and all were honored at the Sports Awards Dinner. Pictured (L-R): Angelo Clark (track); Mickey Colon (basketball); Athletic Director Mike Jones (basketball); Melissa Loo (volleyball); Mike Cowen (softball); and Nelson Thompson (soccer). Absent from photo is head soccer coach Mindy Illaria.


Benedictine Academy Basketball Team- Back row (l-r): Marina Batista, Tabitha Davis, Marielis Vazquez, Toni Wilson Davis, Stephanie Simoes, Cynthia Melendez, Jamilla Cuentas, Shawn Powell, Coaches Mickey Colon and Mike Jones. Middle (l-r): Samantha Herrejon, Ranisha Frejuste, Alexandria Lee, Karen Thompson, Carolina Guerra, Barbara Borges- team manager. Kneeling (l-r): Shervonne Gittens, Eniyah Thomas, Alyssa Vega, Amber Naranjo, Osato Omokaro, Osasenaga Iyamu.


Benedictine Academy Softball Team- Standing- (l-r): Coach Mike Cowen, Tabitha Davis, Martha Devia, Samantha Herrejon, Marielis Vazquez, Samara Meireles, Marina Santiago, Alexandria Lee, Stephanie Simoes, Alyssa Vega, Shawn Powell, Lisbeth Rodriguez. Kneeling (l-r): Tatiana Calderon, Jongmi Kagabo, Rodrie Canal, Jamila Cuentas.


Benedictine Academy Volleyball Team- Standing (l-r): Alexandria Lee, Tabitha Davis, Marielis Vazquez, Vanessa Fragiacomo, Osato Omokaro, Samara Meireles, Laura Segarra, Coach Melissa Loo. Kneeling (l-r): Adrienne Bagtas, Martha Devia, Jongmi Kagabo, Rodrie Canal, Ranisha Frejuste and Nyla Whyte.


Benedictine Academy Soccer Team- Back (l-r): Eniyah Thomas, Karen Thompson, Alyssa Vega, Stephanie Simoes, Jamila Cuentas, Marina Santiago, Carolina Guerra, Elizabeth Palma, Assistant Coach Nelson Thompson. Front (l-r): Samantha Herrejon, Gina Ferreira, Milagros Lema, Alyssa Silva, Nathalie Barillas.


Benedictine Academy Track Team- Standing (l-r): Zhane Lee, Elizabeth DaZalma, Andrea Lopez, Tahjanayah Dorival, Osato Omokaro, Kayla Hunt, Toni Jones, Nyla Whyte, Syriah WIlliams, Dawn Arumemi, Toni Wilson-Davis, Laura Segarra, Coach Angelo Clark. Kneeling (l-r): Aaliyah Hill-Grevious, Shervonne Gittens, Ranisha Frejuste.

(Photos courtesy of Benedictine Academy)

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