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Monticello athletes honored by OCIAA

May 22, 2018

three MHS honored at breakfastOn Tuesday, May 22, the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) recognized remarkable athletes throughout the county at its annual senior scholar athlete breakfast, including three students from Monticello. Morgan Mitchell and Jonah Lilley are the 2018 recipients of the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association’s (OCIAA) Scholar Athlete Award. The annual award is presented by the OCIAA to one female and male student from each OCIAA school who ranks in the top 20 percent of his or her class, participates in at least one varsity sport and is an above-average athlete who demonstrates outstanding citizenship. Robert Buckley received the Tyler Muise MVP Award, which celebrates a student with special needs in the OCIAA who has positively impacted his or her school’s athletic program.

From the OCIAA Senior Scholar Athlete Breakfast program:





Robert Buckley, 2018 Tyler Muise MVP

Robert BuckleyThe Tyler Muise MVP Award celebrates and acknowledges the unique ways in which students with special needs positively impact an interscholastic athletic program. Students like Robert Buckley give their time and effort to enhance the experience of all those around them while asking nothing in return. As such, an acknowledgement of their dedication to sports and the relationship and inclusivity they foster should be recognized and rewarded.

Robert is a 12th-grade student at Monticello High School. He has worked with the football, basketball and baseball teams, attending practices, greeting opposing players and making sure his teammates have all of their equipment and supplies. Robert can often be found reminding players of practice times, game times and important dates coming up. His enthusiasm for sports and his school motivates everyone around him. But it’s not just about sports for Robert. He is quick to help fellow classmates with difficult skills and also volunteers in his community by helping neighbors in times of need. In addition to these great attributes, Robert, or Buck as he is known by teammates, has a deadly top-of-the-key jumper. He can be heard during basketball practices telling his teammates, “You don’t want none of this!”

Robert is an invaluable member of the athletics program at Monticello High School. The players consider Robert a member of all the teams he works with. He always motivates them to do their best. He is a model picture of what school spirit and dedication to his school and athletic teams represent. The student athletes in the Monticello Central School District have learned valuable life lessons and established substantial relationships because of the character and attitude that Robert brings to the table.

Morgan Mitchell, 2018 OCIAA Scholar Athlete

Morgan Mitchell

Sports: soccer, alpine skiing, softball
Achievements: National Honor Society, Valedictorian, Tri-M Music Honor Society, Interact Club Treasurer, Pit Orchestra, Jazz Band, Senior Class Treasurer, Student Council, Soccer Team Captain, Sullivan County Democrat Alpine All-Stars, Sectional and State Alpine Ski Team
Community Service: Rock Hill Fire Department, Sullivan Renaissance and Rock Hill Business Association Volunteer, Monticello High School food and toy drives.
Future Plans: To attend the University of Buffalo and major in Biomedical Sciences on a pre-med track with the hope of becoming a sports medicine physician.







Jonah Lilley, 2018 OCIAA scholar athlete

Jjonah LilleySports: football, indoor track, outdoor track and field, wrestling
Achievements: National Honor Society, Boy Scouts with earned rank of Eagle Scout, two-time Section IX Pentathlon Champion, Section IX Football All-Star
Community Service: Eagle Project
Future Plans: To attend Wilkes University and major in Mechanical Engineering