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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2011 > May-August > Little League Honors Top Lycoming County, Pa., Seniors With Stotz Scholarship

Little League Honors Top Lycoming County, Pa., Seniors With Stotz Scholarship

Little League Honors Top Lycoming County, Pa., Seniors With Stotz Scholarship

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Each spring Little League Baseball and Softball rewards high school scholars in the area with the Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball Scholarship. The 10 recipients exemplify the same ideals as the founder of the world’s largest organized youth sports program: good citizenship, hard work, character, courage and loyalty.

Mr. Stotz’s vision was of a game played by children that would help build and shape those who played it into productive adults. This is the 18th year of the scholarship program, established by the Little League International Board of Directors, which rewards academic excellence and citizenship with financial assistance for their higher education.

Including this year’s recipients, more than $100,000 has been awarded to 130 Lycoming County students since the inception of the scholarship program. Each of the recipients was honored at the annual luncheon held today at Little League International in South Williamsport, Pa.

Scholarships totaling $8,000 are awarded each year to five male and five female high school seniors. The scholarships perpetuate the memory of Little League’s founder, recognizing his commitment to the development of youth in the county.

All graduating seniors in the top 25 percent of their class at the nine Lycoming County high schools, who have demonstrated good citizenship and whose spirit exemplifies effort, determination and persistence in attaining the goal of higher education, are eligible to apply. Each interested senior submits two letters of recommendation and an essay on what they hope to achieve through higher education.

From the 57 applicants for the scholarships this year, the recipients of the $2,000 scholarships are Hannah Facey from St. John Neumann Regional Academy and Riley Wentzler from Hughesville High School. They were chosen from a group of 10 finalists.

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Riley Wentzler from Hughesville High School and Hannah Facey of St. John Neumann Regional Academy, were recognized as the top recipients at the 2011 Carl E. Stotz Scholarship Luncheon. The duo each received $2,000 scholarships, while eight other seniors from high schools throughout Lycoming County, Pa., each received $500 scholarships. Mr. Riley and Miss Facey are joined by Stephen D. Keener, left, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball; and Karen Stotz-Myers, the daughter of Little League Founder Carl E. Stotz.

Miss Facey will be attending the University of Pennsylvania and Mr. Wentzler will continue his education at Edinboro University.

The other eight finalists all receive $500 scholarships. They include: Rose Bragalone (South Williamsport High School); Amanda Cotner (Muncy High School); Lee Fry (Muncy High School); Alec Galanti (Montgomery High School); Andrew Glunk (Williamsport High School); Taylor Nedurian (Hughesville High School); Dylan Phillips (Montoursville High School); and Danielle Yakup (South Williamsport High School).

“This is a special annual event we look forward to because it gives us a chance to acknowledge the efforts of some of the top seniors in Lycoming County and help them make the next step in their life,” Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. “Each of the young adults we recognized today possesses the traits and has the same vision Carl Stotz had when laying the foundation for Little League. We recognize the same selflessness, determination and inspiration that Mr. Stotz lived his life by with the presentation of these scholarships.”

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The 2011 Carl E. Stotz Scholarship Luncheon was recently held at Little League International. The annual scholarship program, which was created in 1994, has exceeded the $117,000 mark for total monies presented to scholarship honorees. The 2011 recipients are: in the front row, from left to right, Riley Wentzler (Hughesville High School); Taylor Nedurian (Hughesville High School); Lee Fry (Muncy Jr./Sr. High School); Danielle Yakup (South Williamsport High School); and Hannah Facey (St. John Neumann Regional Academy). In the back row, from left to right, are: Stephen D. Keener, Little League Baseball and Softball’s President and Chief Executive Officer; Rose Bragalone (South Williamsport High School); Alec Galanti (Montgomery High School); Amanda Cotner (Muncy Jr./Sr. High School); Andrew Glunk (Williamsport High School) and Karen Stotz Myers, daughter of Carl Stotz. Fellow scholarship recipient Dylan Phillips from Montoursville High School, not pictured, was unavailable to attend the luncheon.

2011 Carl E. Stotz Little League Baseball Scholarship Recipients
Rose Bragalone (South Williamsport High School)
Amanda Cotner (Muncy High School)
Hannah Facey (St. John Neumann Regional Academy)
Lee Fry (Muncy High School)
Alec Galanti (Montgomery High School)
Andrew Glunk (Williamsport High School)
Taylor Nedurian (Hughesville High School)
Dylan Phillips (Montoursville High School)
Riley Wentzler (Hughesville High School)
Danielle Yakup (South Williamsport High School)