The Marcus A. Henry Award, named in memory of the former Newsday sports reporter, will be presented annually to a Long Island high school athlete who not only excels on the field and the classroom but displays great leadership. The winner will be announced Thursday on newsday.com/sports and a profile of the recipient will appear next Sunday in Newsday.
CAROLYN CARRERA, Riverhead, Sr.
Carolyn Carrera excelled on the lacrosse and soccer fields, so much so that she will play both sports at the Division I level, starting this year at Hofstra.
But that is only a small portion of what the Riverhead senior is about. Carrera was the class president, captain of her soccer, basketball and lacrosse teams and maintained a 98 average. She also is heavily involved in community service and fundraising.
Among her efforts, Carrera helped raise more than $6,000 for New Beginnings, which is renovating a home in Riverhead to house 14 traumatic brain injury patients. Last fall, she was a finalist for the Wendy’s High School Heisman, an award that recognizes seniors who excel athletically and academically. Carrera advanced to the final six from a group of 48,000 applicants.
Carrera made 170 saves as a soccer goalkeeper and, as a lacrosse midfielder, scored 47 goals to lead a developing Riverhead team. Last year, she was selected for the Brine All-American Showcase and is a U.S. Lacrosse academic All-American.
JAZMINE FRAY, Kellenberg, Jr.
Kellenberg’s Jazmine Fray is a top middle-distance runner and a role model for her peers, whether they run beside her on the track or walk beside her in the hallways.
The junior was selected to be a Marianist mentor during her senior year. Fray will guide freshmen who are still getting used to the high school environment. Three times a week, she will spend home room talking to freshmen, hearing their concerns, answering their questions, and showing them how to behave in school.
Fray has experience with this, as she was a member of the junior retreat staff this year. She helped lead discussions on school and family life. The runner also worked with the SMART program, helping to tutor and guide students at St. Martin de Porres and is an altar server at the school’s church. Fray enjoys singing in the choir and is in the process of becoming a eucharistic minister.
Fray is also involved with Dress for Success, a nonprofit that donates clothes to low income women with children who have been removed from their homes or are in abusive relationships and are seeking employment, and volunteers with the American Red Cross.
To top it off, Fray ended the school year with a 90 average and was named to the honor roll.
JOE PERCIVAL, St. Anthony's, Sr.
Joe Percival is a man on the move. In football season, the St. Anthony’s High School senior was a Newsday first-team All-Long Island defensive end, known for his extraordinary burst off the edge that helped deliver a CHSFL title. In the spring, he excelled for the Friars’ track team, taking first place in the CHSAA league championships in the 100, 200 and 4 x 100 meters. “He’s one of the best kids I’ve ever had,” St. Anthony’s football coach Rich Reichert said, and he wasn’t talking about pure athletics.
Percival made the school’s National Honor Society and plays the piano in the St. Anthony’s band. He also is the youth minister for Bread of Life Church in Wyandanch, where he helps organize the soup kitchen. Reichert said that Percival’s mother is seriously ill and that the young man is helping raise his younger brother.
His resume was so impressive that Percival was admitted to Princeton, and will attend the prestigious Ivy League school this year.
He will play football, specifically outside linebacker, and hopes to convince his coaches to also let him run track. College will not slow him down.
NICK SANTORELLI, Babylon, Sr.
Nick Santorelli was a leader in so many ways at Babylon High School. He led the football team to consecutive Long Island Class IV championships and a school-record 24 straight wins. The team captain led a team that was so dominant that it earned the Rutgers Trophy, given to Suffolk’s top team, two years in a row. The two-time All-Suffolk selection in football and lacrosse will attend the U.S. Military Academy and play the latter. He also led Babylon to its first Long Island Class C lacrosse title.
“He is a student-athlete to the max,” Babylon football coach Rick Punzone said. “The complete package with all the leadership qualities.”
Santorelli had a 96.6 average in all advanced-placement courses and scored 1,300 on the SAT (two-part). He was a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council Class Cabinet, and Honor Society in business, French and science. He was an altar server at Our Lady of Grace Parish and a volunteer coach for the Babylon youth lacrosse and football programs. He also spends his time tutoring elementary school students in all subjects.
KATIE TROMBETTA, Sachem East, Sr.
Katie Trombetta has received national acclaim for her dominance as a field hockey and lacrosse player, but the Sachem East senior also has done exceptional work in the classroom and community.
Trombetta was named a field hockey All-American three times and led Sachem East to two state championships while also maintaining a 95 average in high school with a number of advanced-placement courses. She was a member of the Honor Society and a class officer in the student government.
In addition to that, Trombetta did volunteer work for the Wounded Warrior Project, a program that hosts charity events and provides services for members of the military injured in action. Trombetta also spearheaded a food drive at Sachem East, which helped feed hundreds on Thanksgiving, and she is a volunteer youth lacrosse coach and official.
Trombetta, who plans to major in business at the University of Michigan, was a four-time Newsday All-Long Island selection in field hockey. She twice led L.I. in scoring and guided Sachem East to three Long Island Class A championships. She also was among Suffolk’s top goal scorers in lacrosse and was an academic All-American.
TYLER WARNER, Baldwin, Sr.
His contributions start with the Athletes Helping Athletes leadership program. Tyler Warner was so into the program of teaching and molding younger athletes in the Baldwin District that he was named president of the program and relished the position. The two-year All-Nassau captain in football and lacrosse was also named football’s Class AA New York State Scholar Athlete of the Year. He was a Golden Eleven recipient by the National Football Foundation and a Cablevision News 12 top scholar-athlete.
“You’ll never meet a better all-around kid who’s involved in his school, community and church,” Baldwin athletic director Ed Ramirez said. “He has all the right qualities to be successful in life. He is certainly a student-athlete of great character.”
He was an exciting component to the Baldwin offense because of his outstanding speed, which also served him well on the lacrosse field, where he could easily outrun defenders. He was an All-Academic selection in two sports with a grade-point average of 97.2 and will attend Yale in September.