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Gennari earns SMCC’s coveted Zierolf Award

Sandusky Register Staff • Jun 4, 2014 at 6:48 PM

The Zierolf Award — named after the school’s teacher-football-basketball coach Lee Zierolf for more than 22 years — is given annually to a senior student who excels athletically, academically and serves the school with leadership and citizenship.

The faculty selection committee can only consider the upper one-third academically, and just 16 students were eligible this year.

Kennedy Gennari has earned nine varsity letters in the sports of volleyball, cheerleading and track.

She carries a 4.3-plus GPA, was a Buckeye Girls’ State representative, a Rotary and Sandusky Elks Club Student of the Month, a member of the National Honor Society, President of the House of Therese, member of the National Art Honor Society, Model UN and Teen Leadership Corps, International Club. Her resume also listed over 35 other volunteer activities.

The MVP on the 2013 girls team, Gennari holds the school record in the long jump at 17 feet, 10.25 inches and placed third in the 2013 state meet in that event.

In volleyball, Gennari was a senior captain and SBC All-Academic while in cheerleading, she was also SBC All Academic and selected All-American by the Universal Cheerleading Association and has already been chosen to the cheerleading squad at the University of Cincinnati.

Gennari, the 39th recipient of the award initiated in 1976, received a $500 check from the friends of the Zierolf Memorial for her college education during the senior honors assembly Thursday at SMCC.

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