At the ACHS Awards Assembly on June 10, 2016, Amanda Roberts was the twentieth recipient of the Angela Coniglio Memorial Scholarship. Amanda is a three sport athlete participating all four years in soccer, basketball and lacrosse. That's Amanda with me, below...  


IIIn Soccer in 2014, Amanda was Second Team All WNY/ECIC, and Defense MVP; a captain for the 2015 soccer season and Fifth Team All State, First Team All WNY, and First Team ECIC Division 3.   She was the recipient of the Tiger Award for her character and leadership for Junior Varsity Basketball and Lacrosse in both 2013 and 2014, and was an ECIC selection in Lacrosse for the 2014 season. She teaches youth soccer and has been a US Soccer Federation referee for four years.

    Besides athletics, Amanda is a member of the National Honor Society, and a recipient of the Distinguished Student Leader Award She challenged herself throughout high school with Honors courses and is graduating with over a 93 average.  She is a four-year member of the Symphony Orchestra, and will be pursuing Health and Fitness Management/Physical Therapy at Alfred University, where she will also play women's soccer. 

    At the awards ceremony, the presenter after me was Jen Koeppel, Amherst's star runner who was the recipient of the Angela Coniglio Memorial Scholarship for 2001.  Jennifer now teaches at Amherst and coaches women's track . . . what greater testimony to Angela's influence, long after she's been gone?

   After receiving the award in 2001, Jen had written us: "It amazed me to hear that Angela's ashes were scattered at the Amherst High School Track. I will now be able to run with Angela as I too continue to participate in sports at a Collegiate level, and plan to one day coach. Thank you again, for keeping Angela's memory alive and allowing me to pursue some of the same dreams that Angela once followed." 

     Every once in a while, Angela tells us "hello".  .In July 2016, Jack Potts, our neighbor at Crystal beach, brought us a note from his granddaughter, Christa Switzer, someone we had never met. It's in the Appendix

   In 2017, Angela’s Cousins Scholarship went to her first cousin once removed, Matt and Dana’s daughter Kylie Miller.  Kylie will attend the University of Arkansas, where she’ll have a double major, in Journalism and Spanish.  Her inspiring letter is in the Appendix


    The twenty-first recipient of the Angela Coniglio Memorial Scholarship, presented at the Amherst Central High School Awards Assembly on June 9, 2017, was Hannah Smith.  Hannah received a $1,000 award.
IHannah was a Varsity Soccer and Varsity Lacrosse player in each of her four years at Amherst, and on the Varsity Basketball team for three years. She was the Most Improved Player for Basketball and Offensive MVP for both Lacrosse and Soccer. She was team captain in all three sports in the 2016 - 2017 seasons.    Aside from athletics, Hannah has played viola since 2007 for her elementary and high school orchestras; at Amherst, she has been on the Honor Roll and High Honor Roll; in the National Honor Society and an Honorable Mention Scholar Athlete.

        Hannah has contributed her efforts to numerous worthwhile causes: she has volunteered for City Mission and Cornerstone Manor; she has made mission trips to Tennessee, Kentucky and Uganda; she worked for PATH (People Against Trafficking Humans); she volunteered in the TOPSoccer program and participated in Amherst's Pathfinder student leadership group.
     She is treasurer of her Youth Group, which gives aid to and develops relationships with persons locally, out of state and overseas.  In these activities, Hannah has provided her labor for painting, roofing, cooking and serving, as well as helping in a medical clinic.
     Hannah will attend SUNY Cortland, where she will study Elementary/Special Education, and hopes to continue her soccer and lacrosse careers there.
    Beginning this year, in addition to the cash award, scholarship recipients will also receive a personal plaque commemorating their accomplishment.  Her letter is in the Appendix


Click below  to see all recipients of Amherst High School's 
 Angela Coniglio Memorial Scholarship

or Angela's Cousins Scholarship

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