Hendrick Hudson’s James Reilly, Scarsdale’s Magan Chin, Ossining’s Nolan Lenaghan and Byram Hills’ Alexander Behar were named Thursday as the annual scholarship award winners in Con Edison’s Westchester Scholastic Sports Awards Program.
Reilly, Chin, Lenaghan and Behar were four of 26 scholar-athletes selected as “Con Edison Athletes of the Week” during the 2019-2020 school year. They join 2,624 other students who have received this coveted award since 1951.
The virtual ceremony on lohud.com and lohud’s Facebook page honored and highlighted the winners’ excellence in sports, academics and community service. The virtual event replaced the annual banquet because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The moderator of the weekly scholastic-athlete program, Rich Leaf, announced the winners. Students received congratulatory messages from Westchester County Executive George Latimer, Con Edison Vice President of Electric Operations Shakira Wilson, and Athletic Director of the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns and former Con Edison Scholastic Athlete Michael Arias.
The four scholarship award-winners were selected based on their outstanding achievements.
Reilly received the Red Klein Scholarship Award of $10,000 for exemplifying the character and ideals of the late Irwin “Red” Klein, a member of the original committee that created the Scholastic-Athlete Program.
He will attend Johns Hopkins University and run for the track and field team.
Reilly was valedictorian of his class and the captain of the cross country, and indoor and outdoor track and field teams. He received all-league honors for indoor and outdoor track. Reilly was the most valuable jumper at the 2019 Hen Hud Field Fest. He was also a National Merit Scholar.
Reilly has been a volunteer supporting children and teens with developmental disorders. He participated in a university-sponsored science research program where he focused on more natural treatments for those with developmental disorders and mental illness.
Chin earned the Tony Sabella Award of $5,000. She will attend Barnard College.
Chin was captain of the volleyball team and competed at the 2019 Junior National Championships in Indianapolis. Her club won the 2019 Garden Empire Volleyball Association regional championships. She was on the 2019 Under Armour All American Watchlist for Volleyball.
Chin was president of the National Art Honor Society and a member of the National Honor Society.
Lenaghan received the Bob Wolff Award of $5,000. He will attend Lafayette College and play for their soccer team.
Lenaghan was the all-time leading scorer in soccer in Ossining. He led his team to a league title and to the Section 1 finals. He was the recipient of the Larry Jensen Award and Lohud Westchester Player of the Year. He was honored as U.S. Coaches All-American. Lenaghan was class treasurer and a member of the National Honor Society.
Behar received the Doc Blanford Award for $5,000. He will attend New York University and continue his wrestling career.
Behar was the wrestling program’s all-time wins leader. He was Westchester County Champion and placed fourth at the Eastern States tournament. He was the first two-time captain in school history, serving as the captain of the combined Byram Hills/Westlake/Valhalla squad. Behar received the Bill Snyder Award and was a Columbia University Neuroscience participant.
Since 1951, Con Edison awarded more than $1 million in scholarships for this program.
Con Edison Athlete of the Week winners are selected by an impartial panel of athletic directors and coaches.
This article originally appeared on Rockland/Westchester Journal News: Students awarded scholarships in Con Edison’s Westchester Scholastic Sports Awards Program