Congratulations to these graduates, selected for special senior athletic awards.
The honorees include Darren Rydzewski, Tru Wilson, Mike Kostuch, Josh Wilk, Patrick (PJ) Desmet, and Kevin McKay.
Brother Kevin Gilhooly Senior Athlete of the Year: Darren Rydzewski. Darren played four years of football, wrestling, and baseball, and was one of the very few three-sport athletes in the Class of 2016. He is attending Macomb Community College.
Tony DeSantis Man of the Year: Tru Wilson. One of the top athletes in the school, Tru played football for four years, wrestled for three years, and played baseball for one year. He played in the January 2016 Semper Fidelis All-American football game. He is walking on at the University of Michigan.
Brother Robert Carnaghi Lasallian Spirit Award: Mike Kostuch. Mike played four years of baseball, the last two on varsity, and two years of tennis. Mike was a strong supporter of his fellow Pilots in all their endeavors. He is attending the University of Detroit-Mercy.
De La Salle Scholar Athlete: Josh Wilk. Josh played four years of football (quarterback), four years of hockey (goalie), and one year of baseball. He graduated with a 4.10 GPA. He was planning to play football at Michigan Tech, but instead accepted the Evans-Gill Scholarship and will be attending the University of Michigan.
De La Salle Distinguished Athlete Award: PJ Desmet and Kevin McKay. Patrick (PJ) set numerous records in the pool, and was the 2016 Champion in the 100 Butterfly. An outstanding teammate and leader, PJ will be continuing his swimming career at Denison University in Ohio. Kevin played four seasons of varsity basketball, and broke the school record during the season for most points in his basketball career. He will be continuing to play basketball at Central Michigan University.
These students will be honored on Monday, June 20, at the Alumni Golf Outing at Scalawags Golf Club.
About the Awards:
Br. Kevin Gilhooly Athlete of the Year Award: Presented to a student-athlete who has excelled in one or more sports.
Tony DeSantis Man of the Year Award: Presented to a student athlete who is an all-around student, and who has worked hard in and out of the classroom.
Br. Robert Carnaghi Lasallian Spirit Award: Presented to a student who is a dedicated supporter of his fellow Pilots.
DLS Scholar Athlete Award: Presented to a student-athlete who has excelled in the classroom and in his sport.
DLS Distinguished Athlete Award: Presented to a student-athlete who has excelled in his sport.
How the award winners are selected: Coaches and staff members nominate young men for each award; a committee of administrators, staff, and coaches then reviews the nominations.