Cazenovia Pop Warner players CJ Monroe, front left, kneels beside Ben Knutsen, Joe McLaughlin and Dominic Perrone during the Tri-Valley Pop Warner Little Scholars baquet on April 22 at the Rusty Rail in Canastota. In back, stands Christian Winkler, left, Patrick Nourse, Matthew McLaughlin, James Pavelchak, Nolan Frisbey and Nathan Morgan.
Cazenovia While 11-year-old James Pavelchak undoubtedly enjoyed touring Walt Disney World during his recent trip to Florida, he was on official business as a representative of the Cazenovia Pop Warner Association.
Pavelchak was one of 19 local athletes in grade 5 and above to be honored as a Pop Warner All-American Scholar nominee for achieving a grade point average of 96 percent or higher.
He received an honorable mention, along with teammates Nolan Frisbey, John Gabor, Andrew Johnson, Benjamin Knutsen, Joseph McLaughlin, Matthew McLaughlin, Christian Monroe, Nicholas Monroe, Nathan Morgan, Dominic Perrone, William Shephard, Austin Spingarn and Jacob Wells. Joseph Gates, Daniel Kent, Patrick Nourse, Kevin Stalder and Christian Winkler received second-team nominations. Nourse was further recognized at the regional level for the 2012 Pop Warner Eastern Region New York State Scholar Team.
During a banquet held on April 22 at the Rusty Rail in Canastota, 99 area players, including the 19 from Cazenovia, were recognized by the Tri-Valley Pop Warner Little Scholars program and given awards for their accomplishments.
Those who were named as Pop Warner All-American Scholars were invited to attend the 52nd Annual All-American Scholar Banquet, which was held Friday and Saturday, May 25 and 26, at the Yacht and Beach Club Resort at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. Tribute banquets were held Friday night and Saturday morning, with the dinner banquet and award ceremony conducted Saturday evening.
Accompanying Pavelchak to the Florida festivities was his mother Maribeth, who works as the Cazenovia village court clerk, and sister Katie.
“I am so proud of James I could scream. He is a great kid and works hard in school,” Maribeth said. “This award is based on his grades last year and he is working so hard to attempt the same GPA this year. It is a great motivator for him. And as his mom, I love it because the goal is to keep kids active in sports to keep them off of the streets.”