56th Annual Judge Driscoll Scholar-Athlete Banquet held Tuesday
Written by: Dan Flickinger
April 25, 2012
Tags: Jimmy Gulibon Kasey Kemp
Derry's Jimmy Gulibon and Norwin's Kasey Kemp brought home the top award.
GREENSBURG - A pair of PIAA individual champions took home the top awards in the 56th annual Judge John J. Driscoll Scholar Athlete Award banquet on Tuesday.
The event, held at Ferrantes Lakeview in Greensburg, highlights the top high school student-athletes in Westmoreland County.
Derry Area four-time PIAA wrestling champion Jimmy Guilbon took home the top male scholar-athlete award while Norwin track-and-field state champion Kasey Kemp earned the top female scholar-athlete honor. Both beat out 11 other finalists from other county schools in their gender.
Gulibon became just the 10th wrestler in PIAA history to win four consecutive state wrestling titles; two in Class AAA and two in Class AA. He finished his career with a 136-4 record after winning a match against a four-time wrestling champion from Iowa in the Pittsburgh Wrestling Classic at the end of March. He ranks 82nd out of 167 in his class and has a QPA of 3.5. Gulibon will attend and wrestle at Penn State University.
It's the second straight year the award was given to a Derry graduate after Travis Schaffer won in 2010.
Kemp, also with a QPA of 3.5, has been a stand-out member of the Norwin track-and-field team. She captured a PIAA title in the pole vault as a junior and holds the school record with a jump of 12'6". Kemp is involved in numerous extracurricular activties and will also attend Penn State. She ranks 87th of 411 in her class.
Mike & John Ferranti Memorial Award
The Mike & John Ferranti Memorial Award was given posthumously to former long-time Mount Pleasant basketball coach Thomas A. Traynor. It was accepted by his two sons, Jason and Tim. Traynor, also a long-time teacher, succumbed to cancer on May 26, 2011 at the age of 71.
PIAA Champions Recognized
The following scholar-athletes were presented plaques at the event for winning individual PIAA titles: Rachel Serrafin (Hempfield) Class AAA track-and-field discus; Matt McCutcheon (Kisk Area) wrestling 182 lbs weight class; Lucas Bureau (Latrobe) Class AAA swimming 200 freestyle; Jimmy Gulibon (Derry) wrestling 127 lbs weight class; Matt Green (Belle Vernon) Class AAA track-and-field long-jump; Christian McCurdy (Penn-Trafford) Class AAA swimming 100 butterfly; Kasey Kemp (Norwin) track-and-field pole vault.
Past Top Scholar-Athlete Award Winners
2010: Nicole Sleith (Yough) & Travis Schaffer (Derry)
2009: Samantha Pickens (Franklin Regional) & Luke Graham (Penn-Trafford)
2008: Natalie Bower (Latrobe) & Chris Klimchock (Greensburg Salem)
2007: Amanda Palenchar (Derry) & Nico Cortesz (Greensburg CC)
2006: Rachel Roddy (Greensburg Salem) & Justin Schaffer (Yough)