Amherst Central High School senior Allison Johnson, shown here with her parents, was the recipient of the 2012 Angela Y. Coniglio Memorial Scholarship at Amherst’s Awards Assembly on May 24. Go to to see the presentation.

           At Amherst, Allison had a 3.99 GPA, ranking 17th of 219 in her class.  She took Honors courses in Earth Science, English, Biology, Physics and many other subjects, and also participated in numerous extra-curricular activities such as Orchestra, Chorale, Operetta, and Italian Club.  She was president of the National Honor Society chapter in her junior and senior years. 

           In athletics, Allison was on the JV Soccer team in grade 9, and ran Varsity Track from grades 9 through 12, as well as Varsity Cross Country from grades 10 through 12.  Her accomplishments and awards reflect the ideals for which Angela was an advocate.   Among her the other awards were Varsity Cross Country MVP Award in grades 11 and 12, the Jannette Bonrouhi Award for hard work and running excellence, and for four straight years, the Varsity Track Scholar-Athlete Award.

            Allison will attend Ithaca College, where she will major in Speech Pathology.   See the Appendix  for a note from Allison.


            The 2013 recipient of Angela’s scholarship at Amherst was Emma Smith. Emma earned a 3.85 grade point average and played varsity soccer and lacrosse, and junior varsity basketball. She was a three-year starter in soccer, and the team’s captain in her senior year. She was selected to the ECIC second team in 2011, and its first team in 2012.

            Emma was the outstanding defensive player of the year in 2011 and 2012. She was a children's guide for Buffalo Audubon’s ‘Enchanted Forest’ and volunteered with the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northtowns.

           Emma, shown here with me at the award presentation, will attend Niagara University, majoring in Nursing.  Her warm letter to us after receiving the Scholarship is in the Appendix at

     In early 2014, Pat Fiorella, a friend from the ‘70’s, sent us a book she had written back then about her son Stephen and Angela, teammates on Angela’s first hockey team.  It’s at

  Taylor Balser had a 3.6+ GPA at Amherst Central High School, where in four years, in three sports (Varsity Field Hockey, Bowling, and Softball) she was selected as a team captain a total of seven times.  She is the 2014 recipient of Amherst’s scholarship and award in memory of Angela.

  Taylor earned All-State, First Team All-WNY, and All-ECIC honors in Field Hockey, leading the team to the State Regionals, the Section VI Championship, and the regular season Division III Championship, finishing undefeated and ranked #1 in WNY.  She was the team’s Most Valuable Player and was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches’ Association National Academic Squad as a WNY Scholar Athlete Honorable Mention.

   She earned ECIC III First Team in Softball in 2013, when she was the team MVP in that sport, and she was recognized in 2014 as well.  She was selected as the female honoree from ACHS for the 2014 Amherst Avenue of Athletes.

          Taylor was a Student of the Month and a Junior Scholar Athlete at Amherst.  Where she was a member of the Varsity Council, Executive Board and the National Honors Society.  She’ll attend Mercyhurst University, where she will major in Special Education and play Field Hockey.  She sent us a lovely note, see it in the Appendix


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