Senior Cary Anne Bame reacts after being surprised with one of four $500 scholarships. (Photos by Jeff Odom / Oracle)

Four Steinbrenner senior athletes were awarded scholarships from the school’s athletic booster club on May 4.

Sara Bair (girls golf), Cary Anne Bame (volleyball), Zach Rocca (boys track) and Tom Mazzetti (boys tennis) received $500 towards their education and a plaque that will be displayed inside the school. The four applied for the awards earlier this year.

None of the recipients were told what they had won when called out of class.

“I didn’t know what the pass was for when they gave it to me, so I just walked into the media center not knowing what was going on,” said Bair, who will attend University of Florida. She then added, “When I came in, I saw my mom and I thought back real quickly to my application and I was just shocked.”

While he wasn’t told about the ceremony, Mazzetti said he saw his mother and knew something was happening.

“I was in class 7th period and we had a substitute, Mazzetti said. “I was taking the attendance sheet (to the office) and I was going down the stairs and I ran into my mom and I’m like ‘What are you doing here?’ and she said something’s a surprise. … So I went up here and it turns out all of the hard work paid off.”

From left to right: Seniors Sara Bair, Cary Anne Bame and Tom Mazzetti show off their awards after receiving scholarships from the Steinbrenner athletic booster club.

Bame, a three-year volleyball team captain, was also awarded the David Logan Scholarship from Bright House Sports Network on May 3. She said it was one of the best moments of her high school career.

“It’s a good way to kind of close it out,” Bame said. “It’s just weird, because it’s all over now. It’s kind of neat closing out this year high school sports.”

Bair, who helped lead the Warriors’ girls golf team to its first undefeated regular season in program history, echoed Bame and added it feels like her goals have been accomplished.

“Not only on the golf course, but in school too,” Bair said. “It’s cool to get this award it’s just great to have that final topper on such an awesome season.”

Jeff Odom / Sports Editor

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