Susquehanna students lauded for athletics, academics

ANDRZEJ TOMCZYK

ANDRZEJ TOMCZYK

BY HELEN B. FOSTER
Correspondent

Susquehanna Community High School senior Andrzej Tomczyk was recognized for his athletic and academic achievements during an assembly held on Wednesday, March 20.
Students from senior high school and Tomczyk’s family and close friends assembled in the auditorium as his basketball coaches and members of the administration gathered on a stage, decorated with blue and white balloons, to present the SCHS star basketball player with a basketball recognizing his 1,500 points.
The basketball team, seated in the front rows of the auditorium, gave their teammate a standing ovation for not only his basketball honor but also to celebrate his 18th birthday.
According to Coach Lawrence Tompkins, Tomczyk is only the second basketball player in SCHS history to achieve this accomplishment.
It was also announced that Andrzej and Cole Mallory would be playing in the Lackawanna League All-Star game held at Valley View High School on March 26.
Coach Tompkins was accompanied by assistant coach Rich Emmons for the presentation.
As the blue and white balloons were removed from the stage they were replaced by black and gold balloons, the colors of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.
Principal Mark Gerchman had the honor of introducing Col. Daniel G. Braun who said he never comes to a birthday party without a gift, and what a gift.
Braun, a USMA admissions representative, brought Tomczyk an “Offer of Admission” to join the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School Class of 2014.
According to Col. Braun, this is the beginning of a 5-year journey for the SCHS senior as there are two congressional appointments waiting for him when he completes his first year.
Braun said this was not really a present as Tomczyk, who is in the top fifth of his class, earned this offer.
As a member of the four-man panel interviewing the applicant for the congressional appointment, Braun described Tomczyk as a young man of character deserving recognition and welcomed him to West Point.
Attending the assembly was Griffin Gerchman, son of the high school principal, who will also be attending West Point.
Young Gerchman attends Dunmore High School but arrived at SCHS with congratulations and a USMA cap for the “birthday boy.”