Hannah Matthews of Lewiston-Porter High School and Stephen Vitello of Grand Island High School were named as the female and male awards recipients at the 46th annual Thomas E. Hewitt Sports Awards, sponsored by the board of associates of Mount St. Mary's Hospital. The dinner, attended by more than 250, was held Sunday, May 1, at Niagara County Community College.
Each honoree received a $2,000 scholarship.
Eighteen student scholar-athletes representing nine area high schools were nominated for the award.
Matthews of Lewiston-Porter High School is the daughter of Carol and Bruce Matthews. She has earned a 102.69 weighted and 97.29 non-weighted average.
Matthews is a member of the National Honor Society, a member of the Science National Honor Society, earned an AP Scholar Award, and earned a Scholar Athlete and High Honor Roll Award. She is co-captain of the varsity soccer team, co-captain of the varsity track and field Team, and a co-captain of the Niagara Pioneer Soccer Travel League Team. Matthews also serves as vice president of Key Club, treasurer of the senior choir, a member of the Varsity Club, a member of the Spanish Club, a participant in the International Studies/German Exchange Program, a volunteer at the Youngstown Library, a youth soccer coach, and a member of the jazz choir and a capella choir. She has applied to several schools including Johns Hopkins, Cornell, Penn State and SUNY-ESF. Her goal is to major in environmental engineering and pursue a career in either environmental consulting or wildlife conservation.
Vitello of Grand Island High School is the son of Sharyle and Steve Vitello. He has earned a 5.25 weighted and 3.86 non-weighted average, is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish Honor Society, and is a recipient of a Scholar Athlete Award, a Presidential Award, and an Elmira Key Award.
Vitello was captain of the GI varsity basketball team and named WNY First Team Scholar Athlete for two years. He was captain of the travel soccer team, and was named Second Team All League Football and WNY First Team Scholar Athlete in football. He is a member of the DECA, a member of the Kaegebein Playground Committee, a member of the Principal Advisory Council, a volunteer for SABAH, and a volunteer for the Lions Club. Vitello plans to attend college to be a chemical/aerospace engineer. He is currently considering Duke University, University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rensselear Polytech Institute, Clarkson University, University at Buffalo, and Villanova. His goal is to work at an innovative corporation that specializes in technology.
Judging was based on scholastic achievement, athletic achievement, school and community involvement, and a personal interview with the judges.