Again in 2021, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Awards Assembly for Amherst Central High School could not take place as usual.  The award of the Angela Coniglio Memorial Scholarship still occurred, however, and at graduation on June 25th, ACHS’s School Counselor Laurie LeGoff presented a plaque and a check for $1,410 to Katherine Jacobia.  

Katherine was named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad and the 2020 - 21 Academic All American 2nd Team; she is a WNY Scholar Athlete and a member of the Amherst High School National Honor Society and Spanish Honor Society.  She played Varsity Field Hockey in each of her four years and led Amherst to the 2017 and 2020 Section VI Class B Field Hockey Championships.

Her Field Hockey honors and awards include: 2019, 2020 All-state; 2020 Western New York Field Hockey Co-Player of the Year; 2019, 2020 All-WNY; 2018, 2019, 2020 First Team ECIC; Team MVP and Captain. She played on a club field hockey team, the Whalers, for five years.  

Her other JV and Varsity sports were Softball and Basketball, including the 2021 Section VI Varsity Basketball Championship.  

Katherine is the sister of the 2018 winner of the same scholarship,
Elizabeth Jacobia. She will attend Hobart and William Smith College, where she will major in Business and play Field Hockey.


In 2022 Margaret Kathleen Scherrer, like her sister Catherine (both great grandchildren of Ray and Marion Cappellano Coniglio) had done the previous year, graduated from Angela’s Alma Mater, Amherst Central High School, and received the Angela Coniglio Cousins’ Scholarship

Margaret played on the ACHS
Unified Basketball which is a program that allows Amherst students with and without intellectual disabilities to join a team that supports social inclusion of everyone,
typical of Angela’s beliefs.   Her lovely application letter is reproduced in the Appendix.

   Margaret is enrolled in the honors college of Michigan State University and is considering their Science program.

   Following a two year pandemic break, Amherst Central High School's annual Awards Assembly was reinstated on the evening of June 8th, 2022.
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wenty-sixth recipient of the Angela Coniglio Memorial Scholarship was senior Ryan Hesch, who received a check for $1,600.

She has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout her four years at Amherst as a National Honor Society member and a six-time AP student.

She has starred in both Soccer and Lacrosse.  She was the Women’s Soccer Team Captain, earning Section VI awards including All-Western New York First Team honors.  In Laecrosse, again she was the Women’s Team Captain, Most Valuable Player, among the top 25 points scorers in the State, and received Section IV honors.

Ryan’s extracurricular activities included Amherst’s First Chair flute and piccolo player, Pit Orchestra Member and Soloist, and Latin Club membership.

Ryan will attend the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, where she will major in Environmental Science/Biochemistry and be a member of the school’s Mighty Oaks Women’s Soccer Team.

to be continued . . .




    'But soon we will die and our memory of those we love will have left the earth, and we ourselves shall be loved for a while and forgotten. 

    But the love will have been enough; all those impulses of love return to the love that made them. 

    Even memory is not necessary for love.  

    There is a land of the living and a land of the dead and the bridge is love, the only survival, the only meaning.'

Paraphrased from Thornton Wilder,
The Bridge of San Luis Rey


Click below  to see all recipients of Amherst High School's 
 Angela Coniglio Memorial Scholarship

or Angela's Cousins Scholarship 

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