John J. Bonacic

April 28, 2009


Senator John Bonacic presented resolutions honoring the girls basketball team of the John A. Coleman Catholic High School.  The Senator presented the resolutions in Kingston at a dinner on April 21 honoring their winning the State Class D Girl's Basketball title:  

    The text of the resolution is below:

Senate Resolution No. 1317


        CONGRATULATING  the  John A. Coleman Catholic High
        School Girls Basketball Team and Coach  Guy  Leonard
        upon  the  occasion  of  capturing the 2009 New York
        State Class D Championship

  WHEREAS,  Excellence  and  success  in  competitive  sports  can  be
achieved  only  through  strenuous  practice, team play and team spirit,
nurtured by dedicated coaching and strategic planning; and

  WHEREAS,  Athletic  competition  enhances  the  moral  and  physical
development  of  the  young people of this State, preparing them for the
future by instilling in  them  the  value  of  teamwork,  encouraging  a
standard   of  healthy  living,  imparting  a  desire  for  success  and
developing a sense of fair play and competition; and

  WHEREAS, The John A. Coleman Catholic High School  Girls  Basketball
Team  are  the  2009  New  York  State Class D Champions after defeating
Sherman High School from Section VI, 39-36, at Hudson  Valley  Community
College; and

  WHEREAS,  The athletic talent displayed by this team is due in great
part to the efforts of Coach Guy Leonard and  his  team  of  outstanding
assistant coaches, skilled and inspirational tutors, respected for their
ability to develop potential into excellence; and

  WHEREAS,  The  team's  overall  record  is outstanding, and the team
members were loyally and enthusiastically  supported  by  family,  fans,
friends and the community at large; and

  WHEREAS,  The  hallmarks of the John A. Coleman Catholic High School
Girls  Basketball  Team,  from  the  opening  game  of  the  season   to
participation  in  the  championship,  were  a  sisterhood  of  athletic
ability,  of  good  sportsmanship,  of   honor   and   of   scholarship,
demonstrating that these team players are second to none; and

  WHEREAS, Athletically and academically, the team members have proven
themselves  to  be  an  unbeatable  combination  of  talents, reflecting
favorably on John A. Coleman Catholic High School; and

  WHEREAS, Coach Guy Leonard and  his  dedicated  staff  have  done  a
superb  job  in  guiding,  molding and inspiring the team members toward
their goals; and

  WHEREAS, Sports competition instills the values of  teamwork,  pride
and  accomplishment,  and Coach Guy Leonard and the outstanding athletes
on the John A. Coleman Catholic High School Girls Basketball  Team  have
clearly  made  a  contribution  to  the  spirit of excellence which is a
tradition of their school; now, therefore, be it

  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its  deliberations  to
congratulate  the  John A. Coleman Catholic High School Girls Basketball
Team; its members:  Taylor Leonard, Melody O'Connor,  Lauren  Carnevali,

Miranda  Bernholz, Anne Shults, Melanie Kuhn, Stephanie Siracusano, Kate
Shults, Katherine Keegan-Twombly, Dayna Callahan, Lindsay Tschinkel, Ana
Saccoman, Crystal Juliano, Katie Davis; Assistant Coaches: Bob  O'Connor
and  Bill  Kahrs;  and Coach Guy Leonard on their outstanding season and
overall team record; and be it further

  RESOLVED, That copies of this  Resolution,  suitably  engrossed,  be
transmitted to the John A. Coleman Catholic High School Girls Basketball
Team and Coach Guy Leonard.