Mother Seton students receive Presidential Physical Fitness Award

July 08, 2012
  • The 2011-12 Mother Seton School Presidential Physical Fitness Award Winners are shown with physical education teacher Danielle Kirby, back row, at right. Front row, from left, Madeline Shea, Libby Kiley, Christopher Nield, Evan Ott, Natalie Bosche, Jacob Hartness, Keola Evans, Sean Himes, Emmanuel Luzuriaga and Emma Reed. Second row, Camille DeSanto, Summer Ruskey, Grace Mazaleski, Eric Himes, Lucy Estep, Halle Houck, Gabby Ferraro, Elizabeth Buchheister and Vanessa Witmer. Third row, Kimberlee Ahlers, Madison Herring, Mark Golibart, Justin Reaver, Michael Kiley, Carrie Reaver, Mackenzie Kirby, Max Kirby, Jonas Holz. Back row, Nora Stocksdale, Caroline Mace, Nicholas Reaver, Brad Reaver, Lucas Torres, Andrew Bramson, Sean Vietri and Samantha Mariano. Missing from photo: Carleton Walker and all eighth-graders.
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EMMITSBURG, Md. — Physical fitness has been an important part of the overall development of Mother Seton School students. 

This year, 43 students were awarded the Presidential Physical Fitness Award and 113 students received the National Physical Fitness Award during the annual field day events ceremony. 

“I am so proud of all of the students’ efforts and achievements this year,” said Danielle Kirby, physical education teacher.

“I was particularly impressed by many students who were determined to achieve this level of fitness, and their commitment to keep trying throughout the year until they finally reached their goal. ”

The program was started in 1966 by President Johnson and became the President’s Challenge in 1986.

The physical fitness test recognizes students for their level of physical fitness in five events: curl-ups or partial curl-ups, shuttle run, endurance run/walk, pull-ups or right angle pushups, and V-sit or sit and reach.

The award recognizes students who score at or above the 85th percentile on all five events. The 2011-12 award winners are:


First grade — Nathan Kovalcik, Emma Reed

Second grade — Keola Evans, Jacob Hartness, Sean Himes, Elizabeth (Libby) Kiley, Christopher Nield, Madeline Shea

Third grade — Natalie Bosche, Summer Ruskey

Fourth grade — Evan Ott, Carleton Walker

Fifth grade — Elizabeth Buchheister, Lucy Estep, Jonas Holz, Halle Houck, Samantha Mariano, Vanessa Witmer

Sixth grade — Kimberlee Ahlers, Camille DeSanto, Gabriella Ferraro, Mark Golibart, Madison Herring, Eric Himes, Michael Kiley, Max Kirby, Caroline Mace, Grace Mazaleski, Justin Reaver, Nick Reaver, Nora Stocksdale

Seventh grade — Andrew Bramson, Mackenzie Kirby, Bradley Reaver, Carrie Reaver, Lucas Torres, Sean Vietri

Eighth grade — Josie Estep, Jordan Jensen, Justin Shanholtzer, Veronica Smaldone, Maya Swiderski, and Marah Williams.

The National Fitness Award recognizes students who score above the 50th percentile on the physical fitness test of all five events, demonstrating a basic, yet challenging level of physical fitness. 

The 2011-12 award winners are;

First grade — Isaiah Crisp, Jane Disharoon, Brendan Guinan, Meghan Kiessling, Keegan Kiley, Jonah Longenecker, Edward (EJ) Lowry, Meredith Mace, Braden Manning, Mackenzie Orndorff, Jaime Price, Blaise Ridenour, Autumn Ruskey, Mary Violet Walker

Second grade — Shae Archie, Katherine Bowlby, Hannah Cavey, John Estep, Mia Ferraro, Riley Frutiger, Ben Jacobson, Zoe Kean, Mathew Knox, Caitlin Marron, Aoife Nelson, Brendan Ott, Taylor Reisinger, Raphaela Smaldone, Zachary Smith, Evan Washek, Jane Waybright, Matthew Wetzel, Emma Wivell

Third grade — Matthias Buchheister, Margaret (Liv) Cliber, Katherine Frutiger, Jack Guinan, Grace Kovalcik, Ryan LeFaivre, Emmanuel Luzuriaga, Garrett Malachowski,  Sean Mazaleski, Sydney McCarron, Aedan Myles, Chase Stull, Jacob Torres

Fourth grade — Gabrielle Archie, William Bush, Darren Byrne, Reese Collins, Trent Day, Logan Harrington, Jeremy Hochschild, Neoline James, Brede Laug, Daniel McCarthy, Lea Roberts, Luke Szukalski

Fifth grade — Katie Adams, Isabella Alley, Haleigh Bowling, Adrianna Bussey, Hannah Hartness, Christina Kong, Emily Longenecker, Jack Malachowski, Eilis McCormick, Tara O’Donnell, Jack Walker, Jacob Watson, Alexander Wivell, Issiah Wivell

Sixth grade — Tyler Archie, Beth Gillis, Maya Hand, Edison Hatter, Maxwell Herring, Stephen Hochschild, Mason Kiessling, Julia Laug,  Hallie Mauk, Molly Shea, Kimberly Shields, Aly Smith

Seventh grade — Bernadette Blocher, Alexander Dumm, Anna Marie Fostik, Athena Fream, Alexis Gildersleeve, Bobby Laudani, Brendan LeFaivre, Megan McGee, Zachary Milbourne, Leah Morgan, Paige Orner, Kara Roberts, Grace Santos, Sarah Szukalski, Katie Thomas

Eighth grade — Imanuel Castillo, Maggie Cole, Laine Cliber, Justin Crouse, Cecilia Galovic, Chris Gillis, Jack Hansbrough, Payne Harrison, Sam Herring, Hanna Houck, Nick Imes, Christopher Kletz, Samantha Nigida, and Thomas Plummer.

Physical education is an essential part of the academic program at Mother Seton School, a faith and family focused private school for prekindergarten through grade eight students. 

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