News 4 Sports announces 2016 Scholar Athlete winners

Zipporah Barrett and Ryan Dils will both receive college scholarships.

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Thursday afternoon News 4 Sports hosted a banquet at Salvatores Italian Gardens to honor 14 individuals who were recognized as “Scholar Athletes” the past year. The sports department had the tough task of selecting a male and female scholarship winner from the group.

The female winner was Zipporah Barrett from Wilson Central School. She had a 96.43 GPA and played soccer, basketball and track. She will attend the University of Pittsburgh.

“I was really surprized listening to all the other grades and GPA’s. It’s crazy that I got picked and I’m really grateful and blessed,” Barrett said.

The male $1,500 scholarship went to Hamburg High School’s Ryan Dils. He had a 98.2 GPA and played volleyball, basketball, and baseball. Ryan will attend Xavier University.

“My name was called and I said what a great feeling. To know all your hard work has paid off,” Dils said. All the studies and all the athletics. It was just nice to get this award.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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