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New Utrecht’s Konrad Brzoska and Townsend Harris’s Alexis Sarabia have been selected as the recipients of the 2017 Bill Claps Scholarship.

The annual scholarship is awarded to two PSAL Wrestlers who have: 

  • Maintained an academic grade point average of eight-five percent or higher.
  • Has consistently displayed quality sportsmanship.
  • Has displayed genuine leadership.
  • Displays outstanding citizenship.

The scholarships are named in honor of the scholarship benefactor Bill Claps. Mr. Claps is a mixed media artist and entrepreneur living in New York City.  He wrestled at Glen Ridge High School in New Jersey and at Harvard University. While working on a project for the New York City Board of Education, Clapps began assisting in the expansion planning for the PSAL high school wrestling program.  In 2005 he decided to fund a scholarship to support and encourage academic and wrestling excellence in the city schools.

Mr. Claps stated, “Wrestling played a huge part in my development as a young man. The mental discipline, training and goal orientation I learned in the sport has helped me immensely later on in life.  With the scholarship, I wanted to give back to the sport and provide a structure that encouraged students to work hard to achieve their goals.”      

Konrad and Alexis were selected from a very competitive field of nominees.

Konrad, who will be attending SUNY New Paltz, graduated with a 99% GPA and placed 2nd in the 2017 PSAL Championships.  New Utrecht Head Wrestling Coach Chris Friedrich noted that Konrad “had continuously struggled to parlay his 6 foot 5 inch frame into success on the mat. Despite his early frustrations, Konrad’s work ethic did not waiver and eventually he found his game – ankle picks, legs, and cradles. This work ethic was not limited to the wrestling room; his success in the classroom also came as a consequence of his work habits.”

Alexis, who will be attending the New York Institute of Technology, graduated with a 93% cumulative GPA. She was a four time PSAL city finalist, winning the title during her sophomore season. Townsend Harris Teacher of Humanities Raquel Chung wrote, “Alexis has proven to be an effective leader and dependable young women who puts great effort and pride in everything she does.”

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