Shea, Tolman honor Key Spirit Award winners from fall season

Shea, Tolman honor Key Spirit Award winners from fall season

Seven student-athletes from Tolman High were recently honored as this past fall season's Key Spirit Awards winners. The student-athletes were recognized for not only serving as role models, but also exemplifying perseverance, effort, spirit, sportsmanship, teamwork, determination, and academic excellence. On hand for the awards presentation were, from left, Leandro Depina (football), Aliou Sissoko (boys' soccer), Osman Barrie (boys' cross country), Abigail Owusu (girls' cross country), Gina Carpenter (girls' tennis), Kaela Stefanik (girls' volleyball), Sebrina Angolo (girls' soccer), Tolman principal Chris Savastano, and Tolman athletic director Frank Laliberte.
Fifteen student-athletes, eight from SHS, earn prestigious honor

PAWTUCKET – Eight student-athletes from Shea High and seven from Tolman High were honored on Thursday morning as this past fall season's Key Spirit Awards winners.

The student-athletes were recognized for not only serving as role models, but also exemplifying perseverance, effort, spirit, sportsmanship, teamwork, determination, and academic excellence.

This award is sponsored by Key Group, Mortgage Division and Spirit Recognition.

Here’s a look at this fall’s winners, along with a few words about them from their respective head coaches:

Shea

Boys’ Cross Country, Jamal Tracey, Senior

"Jamal quietly made himself into a competitive student-athlete who showed a great deal of promise during the course of our cross country season. Jamal battled nagging injuries at times, but he persisted for his teammates so that the team could get team scores at our meets. Jamal is a very humble and sincere person who works hard and has been a positive influence on our younger runners. He will be missed after this year." -- Head coach Rich Kucal

Girls’ Cross Country, Anisia Dos Santos, Sophomore

"Anisia was the top finisher for Shea at every meet. At the Class Championships, she moved up to the 15th-best time of any Shea girl to run the Ponaganset course. Since she’s only a sophomore, Anisia is on pace to eventually be one of the top five or better Shea female cross country runners." -- Head coach Greg Clark

Boys’ Soccer, Frank Barrios, Senior

"Frank played varsity for four years, He’s always respectful and willing to help the younger players. He led by example in a quiet manner. Frank shows up to practice every day and always gives 100 percent in practice and in games. We are going to miss Frank. -- Head coach Pierre Ridore

Girls’ Soccer, Yasmine Santos, Senior

"Yasmine is the ultimate student-athlete. She is currently the 2nd-ranked student in the senior class while taking honors and AP courses. A rare three-sport varsity athlete, she is a First-Team All-Division soccer player on defense. Yasmine is a co-captain who is a great role model for her teammates. She will be tough to replace next year." -- Head coach Yianiss Noel

Football, Rahiem DaCosta, Senior

"What a pleasure it has been to have coached Rahiem for the past four years. He's one of the most respected and hardest working players on our team. Rahiem has never been a varsity player, but because of his hard work, he will be starting in his first varsity game this week in the playoffs. I have never had a player work so hard to accomplish this goal. I am so proud of Rahiem for the athlete he is, but more importantly, the man he is. I want to thank Rahiem for everything he has done for me and the Shea High School football program." -- Head coach Dino Campopiano

Girls' Volleyball, Sayara Silwal, Senior

"Sayara is a true leader in the classroom and on the volleyball court. She has a take-charge personality and can always be depended on to get the job done. A co-captain and floor general from her setter position, Sayara makes everyone around her better. She will be missed." -- Head coach Chris Daily

Girls' Tennis, Evsyvette Chapman, Senior

"Eve has been a pleasure to have on our team for the past three years. She was extremely dedicated to the team, as she very rarely missed a practice, even when she was babysitting her little sister, who she would bring with her to the courts. From the time she started playing three years ago to the end of her senior season, Eve's hard work and her love for the game of tennis have made her a great role model for her teammates. Eve will be missed next year." -- Head coach Jon Leddy

Cheerleading, Jesstaine Duarte, Junior

"Jesstaine is a great role model for her teammates on the cheer squad. She is responsible, respectful, and she is a good student. I’m looking forward to having her back on the team next year." -- Head coach Maria Pinto

Tolman

Boys’ Cross Country, Osman Barrie, Junior

"Osman always brings a positive attitude and his best effort, regardless if it's practice or a major meet. He is a pleasure to have as a team member and is respected by his peers." -- Head coach John Toth

Girls’ Cross Country, Abigail Owusu, Senior

"Abigail was picked because she never gives up. She came to practice everyday and gave her all at every race. At the end of the season, she hurt her ankle and could not run. This did not stop her at all as she continued showing up to support her teammates." -- Head coach Kayla Fleming

Boys’ Soccer, Aliou Sissoko, Junior

"Aliou has been starter on the boys’ varsity soccer team since his freshman year. As a sophomore, he was named the MVP of the Division 1 state championship game. After a difficult start to this season, he continued to believe in his coach and teammates and carried the team on his back to winning ways, all while maintaining a 3.8 GPA. Aliou is a special player who I am lucky to coach for three short months of the year. He is a responsible, hard-working, respectful, and highly motivated young man. Aliou has helped change the history and face of Tolman soccer forever, and that is why he is my nomination for the Key Spirit Player award for boys soccer in 2019." -- Head Coach Dan Silva

Girls’ Soccer, Sabrina Angulo, Sophomore

"Sebrina is the model example of what a teammate should be. Despite being injured to start the season, Sebrina came to every practice and game to be with her teammates, not only to provide moral support, but also to help her backup improve. Sabrina would stay after practice to help her teammate groove into the position. -- Head coach A.J. Lascola

Football, Leandro DePina, Junior

"Leandro works hard in the classroom and on the field and even tutors our younger kids to help them with their academics. -- Head coach Jason DeLawrence

Girls' Volleyball, Kaela Stefanik, Sophomore

"Kaela has been selected as the Key Spirit Player Award as her positive energy and attitude was consistent all season long. Kaela consistently showed up at practice and worked hard every single day, no matter the circumstances, with a smile on her face. Kaela always adapted to different situations throughout the season with no qualms. She not once said anything negative toward her teammates, but encouraged them at all opportunities and stayed consistent with this attitude. Kaela is exactly everything a coach asks of his players: hard work, positive attitude, competitive, and respectful towards opponents, as well as encouraging/supportive towards her teammates on a daily basis. Kaela was an absolute joy to coach this season and displayed the necessary attributes to be selected as the Key Spirit Award recipient." -- Head coach Mike Haggerty

Girls' Tennis, Gina Carpenter, Sophomore

"Gina was very supportive of all new players on the tennis team. She stayed late to help work with them. Gina worked hard to compete at every match she played. She was instrumental in coordinating Senior Day and made it a successful event. Only a sophomore, she was a true leader on the team. -- Head coach John Jasionowski

Eight student-athletes from Shea High were recently honored as this past fall season's Key Spirit Awards winners. The student-athletes were recognized for not only serving as role models, but also exemplifying perseverance, effort, spirit, sportsmanship, teamwork, determination, and academic excellence. Joining RIIL vice principal Cristina Bianchi, left, and Shea athletic director Kate Corry, right, are, from left, Sayara Silwal (girls' volleyball), Yasmine Santos (girls' soccer), Evsyvette Chapman (girls' tennis), Anisia Dos Santos (girls' cross country), Frank Barrios (boys' soccer), Jamal Tracey (boys' cross country), and Rahiem DaCosta (football). Jesstaine Duarte (cheerleading) is also a Key Spirit Award winner.