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PCA-Tampa Bay 2019 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Finalists Presented by Sagicor


Tampa— Positive Coaching Alliance-Tampa Bay – the local chapter of the national non-profit Positive Coaching Alliance that develops “Better Athletes, Better People” through youth and high school sports – has named 44 Tampa Bay-area student-athletes from the high school class of 2019 as finalists for the Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarship Awards Presented by Sagicor Life Insurance Company.

“Our program honors student-athletes who impact sport on three levels, improving themselves, teammates and the game as a whole,” said PCA-Tampa Bay Chapter Executive Director Mark Sakalosky. “Those principles for excellence athletically and in terms of character-education reflect the values and techniques taught in our workshops and other resources reaching student-athletes throughout the Tampa Bay region. All the finalists can take pride in the applications they submitted and the positive references submitted on their behalf by members of their school communities.”

“Sagicor Life is pleased to recognize these student-athletes from the Tampa Bay community,” said Bart Catmull, President, Sagicor Life Insurance Company. “They each have demonstrated that they are leaders on their teams and within their high schools. As finalists for a Triple-Impact Competitor Scholarship Award, they are now recognized as leaders throughout all of Tampa Bay and serve as role models for student-athletes of all ages. On behalf of Sagicor Life Insurance Company, congratulations!”

Meet PCA-Tampa Bay's 2019 Triple-Impact Competitor® Scholarships finalists

Estefania Acosta – Land O’ Lakes High School

Kelsey Alvaro – Osceloa Fundamental High School

Jessica Amis – Wiregrass Ranch High School

Riddhi Banerjee – Steinbrenner High School

Brennan Breuer – J.W. Mitchell High School

Cody Brown – Sickles High School

Grace Burleigh – Tampa Catholic High School

Blakely Byrd – Academy of the Holy Names

Rebekah Clark – Strawberry Crest High School

Melissa Croxall – Durant High School

Zoey Cupps – Gulf High School

Carly Day – Plant City High School

Gabrielle Dituri – H.B. Plant High School

Kelsey Epstein – H. B. Plant High School

Ezekiel Faulknor – South Lake High School

Alyssa Ferrante Gennaro – Gaither High School

Shea Forgas – Sunlake High School

Vincent Furey – Winter Park High School

Khadesha Galloway – Armwood High School

Elijah Gelongo – Southeast High School

Adam Hahn – Land O’ Lakes High School

Adyson Harvey – Gaither High School

Rachel Hendry – T.R. Robinson High School

Jenna Horan – Howard W. Blake High School

Kamryn Jackson – Sickles High School

Cameron Kitchiner – Newsome High School

Lindasy Larisa – Harmony High School

Melinda Lu – Berkeley Preparatory School

Ansley Melendi – H.B. Plant High School

Jameson Miller – Steinbrenner High School

Lazlo Nziga – Hillsborough High School

Sammy Punt – First Academy of Leesburg

Amanda Reeter – Bishop Verot Catholic High School

Chase Renninger – Tampa Preparatory School

Sydney Rintoul – Newsome High School

Esel Ro – Freedom High School

Claire Sattler – Bishop Verot Catholic High School

Alexis Schwab – Lakewood Ranch High School

Ava St. John – Lakeland Christian School

Sydney Swartman – Strawberry Crest High School

Cole Waide – Fivay High School

Gianna Wegman – All Saints Academy

Zachary White – Tampa Preparatory School

Marisa Younger – King High School

PCA nationally received over 3,000 applications for Triple-Impact Competitor scholarships from the Class of 2019. The PCA-Tampa Bay finalists will be interviewed by members of a selection committee, an experience that in-and-of-itself helps prepare the candidates for life beyond their sports endeavors. Scholarship winners will be named at a Tampa Bay Rays game in the 2019 season.

About Sagicor Life Insurance Company

Sagicor Life Insurance Company (Sagicor) is a full-service life insurance company that is licensed in 45 states, plus the District of Columbia. Sagicor is rated “A-” (Excellent) by A.M. Best Company (4thbest out of 16 possible ratings).

Sagicor is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sagicor Financial Corporation Limited (SFC). Founded in 1840, it is one of the oldest insurance groups in the Americas, with operations in 22 countries mainly in the United States, Central America, and the Caribbean. Sagicor is committed to offering customers world-class service with integrity and value.

Contact for Sagicor Life Insurance Company: 
Katie Owens 
Assistant Vice President of Corporate Communications
813-287-1602 ext. 6205

About Positive Coaching Alliance and PCA-Tampa Bay

Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) develops through resources for youth and high school sports coaches, parents, administrators, and student-athletes. In addition to 1,700+ free audio-video and printable tips and tools at, PCA has partnered with roughly 3,500 schools and youth sports organizations nationwide to deliver live group workshops, online courses and books by PCA Founder Jim Thompson that help those involved in youth and high school sports create a positive, character-building youth sports culture.

PCA-Tampa Bay launched in 2014 with financial support from the Tampa Bay Rays, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Triad Foundation and a Chapter Board comprised of sports, business and civic leaders from throughout the Tampa Bay community. The local chapter makes a positive impact on student-athletes through strong relationships with the largest public school systems in the Tampa Bay region.

PCA resources, which have reached more than 8.6 million youth, strive to transform high school and youth sports into a Development Zone® culture, where the goal is to develop  so the following become the prevailing models in youth and high school sports:

  • The Double-Goal Coach®, who strives to win while also pursuing the more important goal of teaching life lessons through sports
  • The Second-Goal Parent®, who concentrates on life lessons, while letting coaches and athletes focus on competing
  • The Triple-Impact Competitor®, who strives to impact sport on three levels by improving oneself, teammates and the game as a whole.

PCA gains support from a National Advisory Board, including National Spokesperson and 11-time NBA Champion Coach Phil Jackson, and many other top coaches, athletes, organization leaders and academics who share PCA’s mission.

Contact for Positive Coaching Alliance-Tampa Bay:
Mark Sakalosky
Executive Director

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