Hall to honor scholars
(Editor's Note: The Ed Romance Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame will hold its annual induction ceremonies during a banquet, March 23 at 2 p.m. at the Brady Fire Co. banquet hall. This is the fifth in a series of honoree biographies that will be published daily leading up to the event.)
This year's Russ and Jo Ann Cesari Scholarship winner is Ivy League-bound.
Tyler Kwiatkowski has the look, the athletic ability, and most importantly, the academic wherewithal to attend an Ivy League School. He has earned a scholarship to Columbia University in New York City and will enroll in the fall.
Kwiatkowski has been a three-year football letterman for Coach Carm DeFrancesco and at Mount Carmel Area. He started at tight end for two seasons and has been very productive with one in four catches resulting in a touchdown. His blocking enabled the Tornadoes to run for more than 200 yards per game and score 38 rushing touchdowns.
He has also contributed 72 tackles - 17 for loss - from his defensive end position. Kwiatkowski has been an integral part of the Tornadoes having appeared in the District 4 playoffs for three consecutive seasons, winning the championship in 2011 and finishing as the runner-up in 2012.
He was selected as a co-captain by his teammates for the 2012 season. Kwiatkowski was named to the Heartland Conference and Sunbury Daily Item all star teams following the 2012 season. He was also the recipient of the Joseph F. Greco Scholar Athlete Award presented by the Greco Family. Tyler was recruited by Coach Pete Mangurian to play outside linebacker for the Lions. He also received walk-on offers from Richmond, Delaware, and Lafayette.
Kwiatkowski has also been a three-year member of John Lazicki's basketball team at MCA and has served as a captain for two years. He helped the Tornadoes to a fine 14-10 record and a spot in District 4 play for the first time in three years. He throws the discus and javelin for the Tornado track and field team.
Kwiatkowski is a member of the National Honor Society and the prestigious 700 Club.
He is ranked 4th in his class and is a member of the Interact Club, Spanish Club, Future Teachers of America and the Chemistry Club. In his spare time, he has volunteered for Relay for Life, Nate's Mates and the Special Olympics. He
is also a member of Our Lady's Parish in Mount Carmel and has been an Altar Server for 10 years.
He is a son of Kevin and Cheryl Kwiatkowski of Mount Carmel.
The 2013 recipient of the James M. Bach Scholar Athlete Award is Tyler Holleran, a son of Dennis and Kathy Holleran of Kulpmont.
Holleran is a senior student- athlete at Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School where he has been a member of the football, basketball and baseball teams. For the past two years, he has been an integral part of the varsity football and track and field teams at Mount Carmel Area through the very successful cooperative sports programs.
As a freshman and sophomore, Holleran played football at Our Lady of Lourdes under head coach Mike Klembara and was an important member of the 2009 All-American Football Conference championship team.
During the past two seasons, Holleran played for MCA's Red Tornadoes under the direction of Coach Carmen DeFrancesco. Holleran contributed greatly on special teams and also saw plenty of playing time in the defensive secondary at cornerback. He received the Ed Romance Award following the season recognizing him as MCA's Most Improved Senior football player. Holleran helped the Tornadoes to a District 4 championship in 2011 and a District 4 silver medal in 2012.
In addition to football, he has been a guard for coach Pete Long's Red Raider basketball team. His hard work and determination has helped the Red Raiders secure a spot in the District 4 A playoffs. He has also contributed to Red Raider baseball team as a catcher and second baseman.
His athletic versatility became apparent as a member of the Tornado track team.
In addition to athletics, Holleran is an exemplary student who has maintained honors status throughout his high school career. He serves as the treasurer of the National Honor Society and is a member of the Spanish Honor Society. He is also involved as a student ambassador, student council vice-president, Boys Service Club, Respect Life Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions and is active with the prom committee. He has volunteered his time for Children's Miracle Network and Manna for the Many. He is an active member of Holy Angels Parish, where he has been an altar server for 10 years and assisted with various parish fundraising projects. In addition, he has been bestowed the 2nd Degree from the Knights of Columbus. Holleran is employed at Walmart Pharmacy, Elysburg Gun Club and Knoebel's Amusement Resort.
Following graduation, he plans to attend Wilkes University School of Pharmacy to pursue a doctorate in pharmacy.