WATERTOWN, NY — The Clarence “Boots” Gaffney Awards are made annually to the outstanding male and female graduating athletes for their exceptional athletic performance and personal growth throughout their years at Immaculate Heart Central High School.
Input is solicited from the entire school faculty and final determination is made by the athletic director, two girls’ varsity coaches and two boys’ varsity coaches.
The female winner is Amanda McElheran, daughter of Mr. Michael and Mrs. Patti McElheran, Watertown.
Miss McElheran is also the female recipient of the Air Force Recruiting Service
Scholar/Athlete Award and NYSPHSSA Section III Scholar-Athlete Award for soccer, basketball, and lacrosse, The United States Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, and Immaculate Heart Central School’s Faith Community Service Award for Exemplary Service Hours (60+ community service hours).
She was recently named The Female Athlete of the Year at the Watertown Daily Times All-North Banquet. In addition to these awards, she is also the recipient of the 5th Place New York State Mathematics League Certificates of Merit, as well as the Diocesan Outstanding Student Award. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Yearbook Committee, Newspaper Club, Whiz Quiz, Mystery Players, and Rotary Interact. Miss McElheran will attend the University of Albany in the Fall with intent to play Division I Lacrosse and will be majoring in Biology with a minor in Criminology. She plans to be a physician assistant then continue her education to become a medical examiner.
The male winner is Matthew Murrock, son of Mr. Todd and Mrs. Kim Murrock, Watertown. Mr. Murrock is also the recipient of the $1,000 William P. Plante Memorial Scholarship and the Frontier League Scholar Athlete Award. He also recently received The United States Marine Corps Distinguished Athlete Award. He is a member of Mystery Players, Newspaper Club, Student Council, National Honor Society, and represented Immaculate Heart Central School at Rotary Club of Watertown events during the 2018-2019 school year. He was a Varsity Soccer Team Captain and received Honorable Mention, played varsity basketball, and varsity lacrosse also receiving Honorable Mention. Mr. Murrock will attend the State University of New York at Oswego and will be majoring in Business this Fall.