Frank D’Amico taught physical education for 35 years in the Amity school system. He coached football, basketball, and track. Frank was a great coach and teacher who always stressed the importance of teamwork. He simply loved what he did and always encouraged and motivated his students to be active and do their best. He personified the true spirit of Amity in everything he did. Each year the physical education staff at Amity Middle School in Bethany chooses one 8th grade male and one 8th grade female to honor Frank D’Amico.
This year it was extremely difficult to come up with just one female and one male because there were so many students who demonstrated the true spirit of Frank D’Amico; however, there was one young lady who stood out above the rest. Her name is Taylor Dillon, and she was amazing. She came to class with a positive attitude and a big smile every day. She was very respectful of her peers and was always willing to help out. Taylor was a very talented athlete and a true team player who was very deserving of this award.
This year’s male award winner was Anthony Ciavarella. He was the ultimate team player and was willing to do whatever the group needed to be successful. He was always quick to help with the equipment, was first in the gymnasium for class, and worked hard. Anthony always volunteered to play for the weaker team to make the games fair. Anthony was a team player and always had a smile on his face.
Congratulations to both winners!
Pictured from left to right: Robert Rosner, Physical Education teacher; Anthony Ciavarella, Taylor Dillon, and Geri-Lyn Dubay, Physical Education teacher. Photograph by Barbara Cassesse