Hall of Fame salutes athletes, present and past

The Jack Hines Scholar-Athlete Banquet sponsored by the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame was held on March 31 at Nuchie’s Restaurant.

Two hundred twenty eight parents and athletes gathered to honor juniors and seniors from the three area high schools for their academic and achievement success.

To qualify a student must have a minimum 88 average and attain three varsity letters. Scholarships are awarded to a graduating senior from each high school .

Each year, the hall gives out the Joe McGinn Award to an individual who displays the traits of the late Bristol Eastern High School graduate who displays personal courage and determination. This year’s recipient is Matthew Lavoie. A 2005 graduate of Bristol Eastern High School, Lavoie, 28, served in the U.S. Army in Iraq, where he was wounded by an explosion in 2008. His right arm and leg were badly injured and he spent three years at Walter Reed Army Medical Center undergoing 40 surgeries. Matt Lavoie is first veteran to make it through the Bristol Technical Education Center for veterans program and move into full-time employment.

The 2016 scholarship winners are seniors Jackson Hines from St Paul Catholic High School, Morgan Dauphinee from Bristol Eastern, and Roberto Luis-Fuentes from Bristol Central High School. All three will receive a $1,500 scholarship to further their education.

Over the past 18 years the BSHOF has given out $54,500 in Scholarship and have honored more than 1,262 athletes.

Here’s a look at the accomplishments of the scholarship winners:

Bristol Central High School

Roberto Luis-Fuentes has distinguished himself as a leader in sport, but also in school and community activities. He has served as captain of both the indoor track and cross country teams. He also was the division champion on two occasions. When not participating in sports, Roberto has been the class president for the past three years; a member the student council, National Honor and Spanish Honor societies, band, debate club, Boys State, and more. He is recognized as an AP scholar, recipient of the Saint Michael’s College Book Award, and the George Eastman Young Leaders Award. Additionally he has held various jobs, has been a United Way volunteer, and religious education teacher. It must also be noted that in grade six he was a recipient of the award of merit for heroic, life saving action for performing the Heimlich maneuver on a student who was choking during lunch. Roberto plans to study chemical engineering in college and go to graduate school.

Bristol Eastern High school

Morgan Dauphinee has achieved one of the top academic rankings in her class. She is a member of the National Honor, French Honor and Science Honor societies and serves as vice president of the student council. She has also served as a volunteer for the Red Cross, Salvation Army, and Lions Club. In the sports arena, Morgan has participated in tennis, basketball and was the captain of the soccer team in 2015. She believes that playing sports has had a significant impact on life skills that will serve her well in all her future endeavors. Her ultimate goal is to attend medical school. She will begin her college career by attending either Gettysburg College or the University of Delaware.

St. Paul Catholic High School

Jackson Hines has been a three sport athlete for four years at St. Paul. He has served as the team captain for soccer, basketball, and baseball. He has also been and active volunteer in school and community programs. He is a member of the National Honor and Latin Honor societies. He has been a member of the communication leaders advancing school improvement program, a tutor at the Boys and Girls Club and Family Center of Bristol, youth basketball coach, and student teacher at Chippens Hill Middle School. Albert Wallace, the dean of student life at St. Paul states the following: “…Jackson takes pride in who he is, in those activities in which he is involved, and the institution of which he is a member.” Jackson has been accepted in the honors program at Suffolk University and plans to pursue a career in law.

The Bristol Sports Hall of Fame scholar athletes. From the left, BSHOF director/event coordinator Bernie O’Keefe, St. Paul Catholic High School recipient Jackson Hines, Bristol Eastern High School recipient Morgan Dauphinee, Bristol Central High School recipient Roberto Luis-Fuentes, and BSHOF President Jack Hines.

The Bristol Sports Hall of Fame scholar athletes. From the left, BSHOF director/event coordinator Bernie O’Keefe, St. Paul Catholic High School recipient Jackson Hines, Bristol Eastern High School recipient Morgan Dauphinee, Bristol Central High School recipient Roberto Luis-Fuentes, and BSHOF President Jack Hines.

The recipient of the Joe McGinn Award, Matthew Lavoie, was honored at the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame Jack Hines Scholar-Athlete Banquet. From the left, BSHOF director/event coordinator Bernie O’Keefe, Lavoie, and BSHOF President Jack Hines.

The recipient of the Joe McGinn Award, Matthew Lavoie, was honored at the Bristol Sports Hall of Fame Jack Hines Scholar-Athlete Banquet. From the left, BSHOF director/event coordinator Bernie O’Keefe, Lavoie, and BSHOF President Jack Hines.