By Jeff Odom
The Laker/Lutz News Correspondent
Four Steinbrenner student-athletes were awarded scholarships from the school’s athletic booster club May 4.
Seniors Sara Bair (girls golf), Cary Anne Bame (volleyball/flag football), Zach Rocca (boys track) and Tom Mazzetti (boys tennis) each received $500 toward their education and a plaque that will be displayed inside the school.
The four applied for the award earlier this year, but none were told they had won when called out of class.
“I didn’t know what the pass was for when they gave it to me, so I just walked into the media center not knowing what was going on,” said Bair, who will attend University of Florida. She added, “When I came in, I saw my mom and I thought back real quickly to my application, and I was just shocked.”
While he wasn’t told about the ceremony, Mazzetti said he saw his mother and knew something was happening.
“I was in class seventh period and we had a substitute,” said Mazzetti, who will attend Florida State University (FSU). “I was taking the attendance sheet (to the office), and I was going down the stairs and I ran into my mom and I’m like ‘What are you doing here?’ and she said something’s a surprise. … So I went up here and it turns out all of the hard work paid off.”
Bame, a three-year volleyball team captain, was also awarded the David Logan Scholarship from Bright House Sports Network May 3. She said receiving both honors in consecutive days is one of the best moments of her high school career.
“It’s a good way to kind of close it out,” said Bame, who will attend FSU. “It’s just weird, because it’s all over now. It’s kind of neat closing out this year of high school sports.”