New York State Sen. Terry Gipson (D-Dutchess, Putnam) welcomed student athletes and coaches from the Haldane High School Girls Volleyball Class-D State Championship team to the State Capitol on March 12. The State Senate passed a resolution, introduced by Sen. Gipson, commemorating their championship season. The Blue Devils volleyball team was invited onto the Senate floor where Gipson signed and presented them with a copy of the resolution.
“You have made the 41st Senate District proud, Putnam County proud and the Haldane community proud,” Gipson said. “Today, the New York State Senate shows how proud we are to have you represent our great state as champions.”
Despite starting the season 1-5, the team persevered throughout the season to secure their second Class D State Championship title in four years this past November, defeating Randolph High School 3-0. The team was also awarded the 2013 Sportsman Award. The 2013 varsity roster: Sara Chirico, Brooke Vahos, Katie Cunningham, Maisy Curto, Melissa Tringali, Marissa DiPalo, Kelly Vahos, Nicole Etta, Shauna Ricketts, Maya Curto, Head Coach Melissa Rossano, Assistant Coach Ashley Anderson.
Gipson concluded: “I applaud these exceptional student athletes, leaders and gracious winners, and I look forward to their bright futures.”