Six Delaware student-athletes were named winners of the 2020 DIAA/Harry Roberts-Senior Scholar Athlete awards.
This is the first time in the history of the scholarship that first place was awarded to a female and male student-athlete from the same school.
Katelyn Craft and Sean Beberman are graduating senior classmates at Tower Hill School in Wilmington, and each is attending Vanderbilt University in the fall. The student athletes earned the top award, and both will receive $2000 in scholarships.
This is also only the second time that the second place scholarships were awarded to a female and male student-athlete from the same school — to Mara Abigail Agapito and Andrew Workman at Delmarva Christian High School in Georgetown.
The awards are presented annually by the DIAA based on a student’s academic, athletic and leadership accomplishments.
Award named after Dr. Harry Roberts, former chair of DIAA Sportsmanship Committee
The awards carry the name of Dr. Harry Roberts, former superintendent of the Caesar Rodney School District who served DIAA on several committees, most notably as chair of the DIAA Sportsmanship Committee for many years.
Craft, who played 4 seasons of field hockey (three on Varsity), plus 4 years each of Varsity indoor track and spring soccer, said that she intends to play either club field hockey or soccer in college.
In all four of Craft’s indoor track seasons she competed at States. She was named to First Team All State her junior and senior years for field hockey and First Team All Conference sophomore, junior and senior year for soccer. She was also captain this year for indoor track and soccer.
Beberman, a 12-season Varsity athlete who played soccer, squash, indoor track and lacrosse, said he always enjoyed welcoming new freshmen to any team “and being nice to them” and tried to focused on being a solid team contributor.
“I’ve always had a good mindset on the field – calming players down, making sure everyone’s focused. And I usually keep my head on straight. Whether or not you’re the best player, you can still help the best players,” he said. Beberman said he hopes to play club lacrosse at Vanderbilt.
Beberman volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House of Delaware (RMHDE) and recently received the Governors Youth Volunteer Service Award for his role as the founder and chair of the RMHDE Youth Leadership Council.
Katelyn Craft is a superhero to the kids at Exceptional Care for Children
We featured an article about Katy Craft last summer, when she received the 2019 Young Hero’s award from the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia for her volunteer work with Exceptional Care for Children.
Katy expected to spend much of her spring and her entire summer again volunteering at the center, where medically-fragile and technology-dependent children reside. Instead, since the onset of the COVID pandemic, Katy has drawn more than 100 pictures for the children there, which she emails to nurses so they can print out and share them with the children.
DIAA Executive Director Donna J. Polk said of all the athletes, “We are honored to award this year’s winners for their athletic leadership, service and dedication to their academics. In an unexpected challenging year for students, it is great to take a moment to acknowledge the good work of our student-athletes over the year.
“We wish all student-athletes receiving this year’s award much success as they become leaders in the community and embark on the next chapter of their lives,” she said.
The 2019-2020 winners are:
First ($2,000): Katelyn Craft, Tower Hill School
Second ($1500): Mara Abigail Agapito, Delmarva Christian High School
Third ($1000): Kaylee Hall, Indian River High School
First ($2,000): Sean Beberman, Tower Hill School
Second ($1500): Andrew Workman, Delmarva Christian High School
Third ($1000): Weston Marshall, Delaware Valley Classical School
DIAA has named Harry Roberts Senior Scholar-Athlete winners since 1999 to 119 scholarship recipients from 35 different member schools.