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Three student athletes honored by Board of Education

June 22, 2018

The Monticello Board of Education honored three remarkable student athletes with Board Awards during the June 21 meeting.

Khadeem Richards
Nominated by Louis Cioffi Interim Dir. Of PE, Health & Athletics

Khadeem RichardsOn June 9, Khadeem Richards won the NYSPHSAA State Championships in the 100M and 200 M races, winning two gold medals. He also established school records in the 100 M and 200M, respectively. Khadeem was also the Section IX Champion in both events. In football, Khadeem had two 1000 yard seasons, running for 1147 yards and 12 touchdowns his junior year in addition to 2 touchdowns as a receiver. In his football senior year, Khadeem ran for 1306 yards, with 16 touchdowns.

Khadeem also participated in, and was a vital member of, this year’s successful basketball team. He plans on furthering his education at Victor Valley Community College, majoring in Management.


Allison LaRuffa
Nominated by Louis Cioffi, Interim Dir. Of PE, Health & Athletics

Allison LaRuffaIn her athletic career, Allison earned 11 Varsity letters. She participated in volleyball and softball and was the manager of the school’s wrestling team. In addition to her athletic performances, Allison was the President of the Monticello Athletic Association. She individually solicited 24 Business Sponsors for the Scholar-Athlete Breakfast and these donations totaled over several thousand dollars , including a $700 donation from Resorts World Catskills Casino to be used for a lap top computer. Allison’s goal was to reward this year’s Scholar-Athletes and also to provide incentive for future Scholar-Athletes at Monticello High School. Allison truly cares about her fellow classmates and teammates and the desire to make Monticello Athletics better. Allison possesses the qualities that are model for any student-athlete. Allison is also one of our top scholars who plans to attend the University of Buffalo next year.

Robert Buckley
Nominated by Louis Cioffi, Interim Dir. Of PE, Health & Athletics

Robert BuckleyRobert was honored by the OCIAA as the recipient of the Tyler Muise MVP Award, which celebrates the unique ways in which students positively impact an interscholastic program. Robert has worked with the football, basketball, and baseball teams , attends practices, greets opposing players, and reminds athletes of their schedules. Robert also participates in the community by helping those in need. Robert (“Buck”) has taught our athletes valuable life- long lessons to our athletes and established substantial relationships because of his character and attitude. He is acknowledged for his outstanding school spirit, genuine loyalty, friendship to his fellow students, and enthusiasm , all of which have had a positive impact on the Monticello Athletic Program.