NEWBURGH - Two Newburgh Free Academy scholar-athletes were honored recently for their outstanding work on and off the field.
NFA softball player Kristen Steele received a full scholarship to attend American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, due to her athletic abilities in softball and her academic success in the classroom. Steele officially signed her letter of intent on April 17, 2013, before the NFA Girls Softball game against Pine Bush. Steele, a student in NFA’s Health and Human Services Academy, was accepted into AIC’s nursing program.
"Kristen works hard and gives 100 percent all of the time. It’s nice to see that her hard work has paid off. Her scholarship is well deserved," said softball coach Beth Fletcher.
Also celebrated that afternoon was NFA soccer standout Celina Carrero, who signed an athletic scholarship to play for the University at Buffalo. Carrero will major in physical therapy. She finished her high school career as the all-time leading goal scorer for Newburgh Free Academy.
"Celina’s work ethic on the field, in the gym and in the classroom is what has earned her this terrific opportunity at Buffalo. Earning a division one scholarship is a rare achievement that should be celebrated. Celina a great role model for our younger female student-athletes," according to her soccer coach Dave Doulin.