BRISTOL – Chippens Hill Middle School eight grader Joseph Arborio has been recognized three years in a row by Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc. for his accomplishments on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.
When he was in sixth and seventh grade he won the National Pop Warner All-American Scholar Athlete award. This year, he won Top Scholar in New England for eighth grade, and received a $1,000 college scholarship, at the regional tribute held in April at Gillette Stadium, in Foxborough, Massachusetts, said his mother, Sarah Arborio.
His father, Jake, has been teasing him, “calling him ‘Three-Peat,’ since he has won this award for the past three years” while attending Chippens Hill and playing football for the Plainville Colts, she said.
The family attended the National Tribute and Banquet, held May 25 at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront Hotel, she said.
“At the banquet Joseph won Top Senior Scholar in the country and was awarded the largest scholarship given that night, which was a $3,500 college scholarship from Dick’s Sporting Goods,” she said.
Pop Warner Scholar Athlete awards are only eligible to the Pop Warner athletes who hold a 96 or above GPA for the school year, Arborio said. Then they have to list their achievements, community service, and after school clubs for that school year.
Those applications are then scored and out of the 325,000 participants that play in Pop Warner, the top 35 kids – just 1% – are named First Team Scholars. Then the next 65% percent are Second Team, and the others eligible for the award are categorized under Honorable Mention, she said.
“Joseph was told he made First Team both regionally and nationally and then we found out at both tribute ceremonies that he was the Top Scholar in New England and then the nation and was given the scholarships during the ceremony,” Arborio said. “His father Jake and I are both extremely proud of all his accomplishments in the classroom, in the community and on the football field.”
“Jake, our daughter Bella and I all attended the banquet with Joe,” she continued, “and Joe’s aunt and uncle, Candee and Brian Pentony from Purcellville, Virginia drove to Baltimore to surprise him at the banquet as well.”
This past year, Joseph was No. 30 on the Plainville Colts. He played right guard on offense, left tackle or nose guard on defense, and was part of the special teams for the kick off. Now that the season is over and he is graduating from eighth grade, Joseph has already signed up to play freshman football at Bristol Eastern High School next year.
Founded in 1929 and headquartered in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, Pop Warner Little Scholars is the nation’s oldest youth football, cheerleading, and dance organization and the only youth sports organization that emphasizes academics as a prerequisite for participation.
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Susan Corica can be reached at 860-973-1802 or email@example.com.