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CBA seniors named section III scholar athletes; O'Brien given AXA scholarship

Jack O'Brien, of Syracuse, and Rachel Zajdel, of Jamesville, on the night of senior ball in May.

Jack O'Brien, of Syracuse, and Rachel Zajdel, of Jamesville, on the night of senior ball in May.

— Christian Brothers Academy graduating seniors Rachel Zajdel and Jack O'Brien were given Scholar-Athlete Awards by Section III Athletics at a dinner held June 6 at the Rusty Rail in Canastota. More than 60 schools were represented at the event.

Both students were nominated by CBA for their outstanding academic achievement and success in athletics, as well as community service, citizenship and extracurricular activities.

The Scholar-Athlete Award is the highest academic honor bestowed by Section III Athletics and is presented to a top male and female student-athlete from each of the 100 plus schools in Section III. To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have a cumulative GPA of 90 percent or better and have participated in varsity competition.

Zajdel, who will attend University of Notre Dame this fall, excelled in outdoor track at CBA and received various honors for her artwork. O'Brien will attend Hamilton College where he will join the men's lacrosse program.

In addition to the scholar athlete award, Jack O'Brien was selected to receive a one-time $2,000 AXA Achievement Community scholarship to be used for post-secondary education related expenses.  In recognition of the scholarship, AXA Advisors invited Jack and his parents to an honorary check presentation on June 24th at the Syracuse Chiefs game.  Jack's essay for the scholarship was about his coaching of third and fourth grade lacrosse for the Eastwood Youth Lacrosse Association.

Patricia Callahan is communications coordinator for Christian Brothers Academy.

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