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.”