2014: The Rick Salmastrelli Scholarship Recipients!

Two Is Better Than One!

Well, third time’s a charm!  We were incredibly lucky to have such a wonderful pool of applicants to choose from for the third annual I WILL WAIT FOR YOU: The Rick Salmastrelli Scholarship.  It is truly amazing what these student athletes have accomplished and all before before they turned 18!

This year we selected two stellar gentlemen, Dominick DiTommaso and Cory Zrinko for the I WILL WAIT FOR YOU: The Rick Salmastrelli Scholarship. Both have achieved so much at Lawrence High School and have such bright futures ahead.  We are lucky to be a part of their journeys!

Dominick DiTommaso will be attending the Maine Maritime Academy this fall.  He has had a high school full of obstacles, but nothing kept Dominick from focusing on team spirit and community building to help him achieve his goals.

“I began my high school career with the dream of being a varsity letter winner in soccer, swimming and baseball.  In the spring of my sophomore year I sustained a traumatic brain injury which derailed some of these goals, but opened my eyes even further to the power of team & community spirit. While I was hospitalized in ICU my teammates played the game of their lives and each and every day of rehab I worked to get back on the field with them.  I will always carry this positive energy in my heart and believe that no matter where you play the game, you can have a powerful influence on others.”

                                       Dominick DiTommaso with Tina Salmastrelli

Cory Zrinko started his career on skates at the ice hockey rink.  As a varsity member all four years of high school, Cory achieved rookie of the year his freshman year and the Scott Bertoli CVC Sportsmanship award his sophomore year.  Cory then went on to be assistant captain in his junior year and captain of the ice hockey team his senior year.  Cory was named one of the top 25 New Jersey high school scorers in 2013. As if he wasn’t busy enough at the rink, Cory was also a member of the golf team, receiving a varsity letter all four years and named most valuable golfer his senior year.  Cory wrote these kind words after receiving the I WILL WAIT FOR YOU: The Rick Salmastrelli Scholarship:

“I am honored to be recognized as a part of Rick’s greatness and amazing legacy left on the Lawrence High Athletic Program.  I will be attending Rutgers University New Brunswick in the Fall and will be playing ice hockey there.  I cannot put it into words how grateful I am to have been selected for this scholarship.”

                                              Cory Zrinko in full ice hockey gear