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Overall winners are announced for Pansini & Mezrow Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll

Monday, 29th July 2013

Categories Boy's/Men's, Girl's/Women's, High School, Pansini & Mezrow Honor Roll, Posted 7/29/13 is pleased to announce its overall winners of the Pansini-Mezrow Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll Award.

Merion Mercy’s Juls D’Orazio, Wissahickon’s Laura Frankenfield and Springfield-Delco’s Alex Poplawski, have been named as First Place winners. Each will receive $333 Scholar Award cash prizes from Pansini & Mezrow.Honor-roll1

Katherine Thompson of Middletown (DE) is the runner-up and will receive $250. Notre Dame’s Nora McCallion and Radnor’s Abby Junior have been named as second runner-ups and will receive $100 each.

For the boys, Shawnee’s Jake Dean, Great Valley’s Greg Merrill and Garnet Valley’s Jonathan Vandenberg, have been named First Place winners and also will receive $333 cash prizes.

The runner-up is Avon Grove’s Danny Norris and second runner-ups are Upper Darby’s Mark Lantieri and Shipley’s Andrew Wofford. Norris will receive $250 and Lantieri and Wofford will each receive $100 cash awards.

The overall winners were chosen from the weekly Pansini & Mezrow Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll winners. Coaches nominated the weekly honorees based on their overall academic achievements, service projects and excellence on the lacrosse field. Each honoree receives a $50 gift card to Starbuck’s (anyone that did not receive their card should contact us at

“I am thrilled to award these prizes in conjunction with,” said Michael Pansini, Owner of Pansini & Mezrow. “We wanted to recognize the tremendous work that these outstanding young men and women do in the classroom, in the community and on the lacrosse fields.

“Each of these honorees is quite impressive and is a tremendous reflection on their respective teams and schools. We wanted to further recognize the overall winners and we encourage all players in the future to aim high and give back to the great Philadelphia lacrosse community and its community beyond.”

Said Owner Chris Goldberg. “I am so pleased to honor these outstanding student-athletes and recognize their accomplishments. As an educator and former coach and umpire myself, I appreciate the tremendous qualities of these individuals and laud them for their dedication and abilities as leaders and role models.”

Below is a list of all honorees and the information posted on the 12 overall winners.

Girls’ winners

First Place

Juls D’Orazio, Merion Mercy, Senior midfielder

College choice: Signed with Lehigh

Lacrosse honors: 2012 All American; 2012 National Tournament Team member (Team II)

Community Service: Volunteer at the Overbrook School for the Blind; Volunteer for Operation Santa Claus; Volunteer for Women for Life and Love; Volunteer for the March for Life; Mercy Neighborhood Ministries; St. John Neumann Interfaith Hospitality Network Volunteer

Academic Honors: Honor student, 2010, 2011, 2012; National Honor Society; Vice President, Math National Honor Society


Laura Frankenfield, Wissahickon, Senior Midfielder

College choice: Signed with Boston College

Academic honors: Wissahickon HS Honor Roll (15 out of 15 quarters); GPA 4.14 Cum (weighted)

Community service: Team Leader, Pink Hair for Hope Campaign (Community Fundraising Campaign for The American Cancer Society); Club Leader, Wissahickon FANS.

Lacrosse honors: 2012 US Lacrosse Academic All America, 2012 US Lacrosse All America – Honorable Mention; team captain


Alex Poplawski, Springfield-Delco, Senior midfielder

College Choice: Stanford University

Major lacrosse honors: Four-year varsity starter, Captain 2013, All-Central 3 years, All-Delco 3 years, 2 Time All- American.

Service Projects: She has volunteered for the MS Walk in April as a volunteer with her team at Goshen Park in 2011 and at Ridley State Park in 2012; Volunteer at MS the last two years

Academic Honors: Ranked #1 in her class of 300 students. Taking three AP courses, National Honor Society, Foreign Language National Honor Society, SHS Service Club, 2012 US Lacrosse Academic All-American.

Second Place

Katherine Thompson, Middletown (DE), Senior Defense Wing

College Choice: Committed to Newberry College in South Carolina to play lacrosse and field hockey

Community Service: Raised $2,200 through Winning for Walt. Walt Kern was a member of the community who along with his wife ran the youth lacrosse league. Pam Kern his wife, was Katie’s first lacrosse coach. Katie started with the idea to help raise money for his medical bills. Walt also has 3 children who are all involved with lacrosse. Walt passed away in November from a long battle with liver disease. In his memory, Katie sold over 400 lacrosse Liver Awareness t-shirts to multiple teams (boys, girls, youth, high school, and college) as well as hosting 1 youth game, 2 boys games, and 1 girls game to raise awareness about liver disease and organ donation. All the money raised is going to the American Liver Foundation in Walt Kerns’ memory. The t-shirts were green and yellow and said Keep Calm and Lax On and they had Walt’s initials on them.

Academic Honors: Class officer, National Honor Society officer, graduated in the top 5%, GPA is 4.22

Awards: Most Athletic in the senior class, 4 time All-Conference Lacrosse, 2 time All-State in lacrosse, All-State and All-Conference field hockey

Lacrosse Honors: Led the state of Delaware in assists (45), was selected 1st team All-Conference and 1st team All-State, scored 44 goals in 2013

Third Place

Abby Junior, Radnor, Senior Defender

College choice: Signed with William & Mary

Community Service: Student Council; Started a Breast Cancer Awareness club; Alex’s Lemonade, Radnor Youth Lacrosse, volunteers at her church

Academic Honors: Delco Youth Leadership Award; Book awards at school; National Honor Society, 4.0 GPA; Academic All American 2012

Lacrosse Honors: 2nd team All-Central League 2012, starting member of 2013 Central League co-champions


Nora McCallion, Academy of Notre Dame, Senior Attack

College choice: St. Joseph’s University

Community Service: ND Lax Team Service Project, PB&J Day, Hunger Awareness & Support, Delivered food to Homeless shelter

Academic Honors: GPA 3.7, Distinguished Service Award, 5 Main Student Council

Lacrosse Honors: All-Inter Ac First Team 2012 & 2013, Academic All-American 2012 & 2013, Co-Team MVP 2013 (Coaches award), over 100 pts this season, over 300 career points, co-captain

Boys Winners

First Place

Jake Dean, Shawnee HS, Medford-NJ, Midfielder

College Choice: University of Virginia

Lacrosse Honors: 4 years in Lacrosse Program-3 year starter, All-Conference player with Ground Balls-196 Goals-64 Assists-41 (not including senior year)

Athletic Honors: West Jersey Football League – Scholar Athlete, Al Carino Basketball Club – Scholar Athlet, 4 years in Football Program All-Conference – Wide Receiver -2 years, 4 years in Basketball Program- 2 year starter

Community Service: Medford Football Youth Clinic Coach- 3 years, So Jersey BlackStorm Lacrosse Club Kick-off Clinic

Academic Honors: GPA-3.95 Weighted-5.90, SAT’s-1890, Class Rank-7/378, National Honor Society, National Latin Exam- Cum Laude, President’s Honor Roll

Greg Merrill, Great Valley, Junior Attackman

College Choice: Princeton University

Major lacrosse honors: Two-time All-Ches-Mont League pick; scored over 100 goals in first two years. (updated: three-time All-Ches-Mont; All-State, All-American, league MVP in 2013)

Service Projects: Great Valley Youth Lacrosse Association Assistant Coach for U-7 players; sold and delivered wreath for ManUp Lacrosse Club; Paoli United Methodist Church Christian Student Mission, worked as Camp Counselor assistant, fed homeless people in Philadelphia, raised money for local food banks in crop walk benefit, participated in Home of the Sparrow Work Day, sorted canned good donations for pantry for Salvation Army, worked in coffee house to benefit A.S.A. mission trip

Academic Honors: GPA is 4.1


Jonathan Vandenberg, Garnet Valley, Senior Midfielder

College choice: Signed with Furman University

Academic Honors: Ranked 14th in class out of 368 students, 3.76 GPA (unweighted) 5.234 (weighted); AP Scholar recognition with a total of 8 AP courses in high school; PHEAA award for top achieving students in the state of Pennsylvania; President of National Honor Society; Ambassador Award-Winner at Garnet Valley for football, basketball, and lacrosse. Award is presented to an athlete who demonstrates a commitment to athletics, giving service to the community while serving as a role model to his peers.

Service projects: Overall Chair for Student Council Dance Marathon junior and senior years. Fund Raising Chair as a sophomore, Raised $44,000 so far with a goal of an additional $25,000 for the Dance Marathon scheduled for this April 2013, US President’s National Volunteer Service Award-Gold Level

School activities: Student Council all four years, class representative, Canned Food Drive, Mock Election, Blood Drive; Interact Club for Community Service,

Other sports: Basketball – 3 year Varsity Starter, Team Captain senior year, Honorable Mention-All Delco (2 yrs.), Honorable Mention Central League (2 yrs.),All Tournament Award, Delaware County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Award.

Lacrosse accomplishments: Three year varsity starter, team captain in senior year, Nike Blue Chip Camp selection in 2012.

Second Place

Danny Norris, Avon Grove, Junior Defenseman

College choice: Committed to Lehigh University

Community Service: Volunteers at a local teen center and food bank

Academic Honors: Is 25th out of 455 students (top 5%); has over a 4.2 GPA while taking highest level honors courses

Lacrosse Honors: Starting member of first Avon Grove team to win Ches-Mont League and District 1 championships; First Team All-Ches-Mont

Third Place

Mark Lantieri, Upper Darby, Senior midfielder

College Choice: Villanova University (for academics)

Major lacrosse honors: Team captain; 37 groundballs, five goals, five assists this year; three-year starter

Service Projects: Member of National Honor Society, Volunteer at Ronald McDonald House, Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia

Academic Honors: National Merit Finalist Commended, Distinguished Honor Roll All Marking Periods, Ranked 1 in class of 885, 2230 SAT, 2290 Combined SAT IIs (Mathematics IIC, Physics, U.S. History), 33 on ACT, 5 on AP U.S. History and AP Government & Politics, Rotary Club Student of the Month, Excellence in Literary Analysis, Pre-Calculus Honors, Engineering Drafting & Design II, Geometry Honors, Bronze Medal AATSP National Spanish Exam 2011, Spanish 4 Honors, Spanish 3 Honors, Royal Scholar

GPA: 100.9063 on a 100 scale (4.000)


Andrew Wofford, Shipley School, Senior Attackman

College choice: Tufts

Community Service: Performed over 40 hrs of service over the past 4 years in our service program plus his senior year service with the Philly Clean Air Coalition

Academic Honors: GPA of 4.21, 15 honors level courses

Lacrosse Honors: Co-Captain, First Team All-Friends Schools League; helped lead team to fourth straight league title; had 42 goals, 27 assists in 2013


Weekly Honorees:

Madison Bernal, Northampton, Junior midfielder
Braxton Borine, Great Valley, Junior Goalie
Ian Callahan, Senior, Marple Newtown, Goalie
Sara Curley, Radnor, Junior Attack
David Dagessian, Marple Newtown, Junior Midfielder
Ana DeJesus, John W. Hallahan Catholic, Junior offensive midfield
Andrew DeSana, Methacton, Junior Defenseman
Emma Dillon, Jenkintown, Senior Midfielder
Annabeth Donovan, Senior, Unionville, Midfield
Gabrielle Finley, Junior, Archbishop Carroll, defender
Tianna Fluck, George Washington, Senior Defender
Connor Hayden, New Hope-Solebury, Junior Attackman
Courtney Donovan, Academy of Notre Dame, Senior Midfield
Ciara Lane, Northampton, Senior Midfielder
Claire Lippay, Jenkintown High School, Senior Defender
Megan McGurk, Academy of Notre Dame, Senior, M/D
Sarah McLaughlin, Alexis I duPont High School, Senior Defender
Katrine Metelkova, George Washington, Senior Attack
Kaileen O’Donnell, Academy of Notre Dame, Senior Defender
Katie Schneider, Academy of Notre Dame, Junior Midfield
Cristiana Serfass, Northampton, Senior Defender
Caroline Shoemaker, Academy of Notre Dame, Senior Midfield/Defense
JP Southren, Randolph HS (N.J.), Junior Attackman
Elizabeth Spitz, Junior, Agnes Irwin, Defense-Wing
Marley Sternberg, Germantown Academy, Junior Defender
David Talda, Marple Newtown, Junior Midfielder
Delaney Tuite, Academy of Notre Dame, Senior, Attack/midfield
Jeannie Van Buren, Abington, Sophomore Midfielder
Christina Wong, George Washington, Junior Midfielder


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