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Mt. Pleasant Area's Wright, Ruggeri nominated for Judge John J. Driscoll Awards

| Wednesday, April 24, 2013, 9:01 p.m.
Mt. Pleasant Area's Seth Wright and Brittney Ruggeri have been nominated for the 57th annual Judge John J. Driscoll Excellence Awards to be presented Tuesday,  at Ferrante's Lakeview in Hempfield.
John Poole | For The Mt. Pleasant Journal
Mt. Pleasant Area's Seth Wright and Brittney Ruggeri have been nominated for the 57th annual Judge John J. Driscoll Excellence Awards to be presented Tuesday, at Ferrante's Lakeview in Hempfield.

Mt. Pleasant Area Junior-Senior High School principal Ken Williams and district athletic director David Capozzi have nominated two senior scholar-athletes for the 57th annual Judge John J. Driscoll Excellence Awards — seniors Seth Wright and Brittany Ruggeri.

Driscoll, a Westmoreland County Juvenile Court judge, and athletic directors from all of Westmoreland County's 18 high schools review the nominees — a boy and a girl from every school — and choose one boy and one girl from the field as the winners of the awards.

The requirements for nomination for the award consist of those under consideration excelling in one varsity sport, maintaining an average grade point average of 3.5, and finishing top 20 in a graduating class.

Wright and Ruggeri will both compete at the collegiate level and they are both active members of National Honor Society.

Ruggeri plans to attend East Carolina University in the fall to study nursing. She said she one day hopes to work professionally as a physician's assistant.

The varsity sport that Brittany was selected for was gymnastics, but she said she plans to try out for the cheerleading next year at the collegiate level.

“It's truly an honor to be placed in a group of such great athletes, and to be nominated for such a prestigious award,” Ruggeri said.

She placed in gymnastics at both the WPIAL and PIAA competitions this year.

Ruggeri finished fourth in scoring in the floor competition and seventh overall at WPIALs and third in the floor and 11th overall at PIAAs.

“Sports and academics have always been a big part of my life and I feel truly blessed to be recognized in both,” Ruggeri said.

Wright plans to attend Geneva College in the fall to study mechanical engineering.

A four-year member of the Vikings varsity football team, Wright said he plans to play next year in college.

He made the all-conference football team, fulfilled the role of a team captain, and was a three-year letterman.

“It is a great honor to be recognized not only for my athletic (accomplishments) but for my academic achievements, as well,” Wright said.

The awards ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Ferrante's Lakeview Lounge in Hempfield.

John Poole is a freelance writer.

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