BRISTOL - For the second year in a row, Joseph Arborio has been recognized by Pop Warner Little Scholars Inc., the nation’s oldest youth football, cheerleading and dance organization, for his accomplishments in the classroom and in the community.
This year he was also named the Pop Warner No. 1 Top Scholar for all New England.
Joseph is a Chippens Hill Middle School seventh-grader and an offensive lineman and specia-teams player for the Plainville Colts Pop Warner football team.
“We are super proud of his accomplishment,” said his mother, Sarah Arborio, who noted that her son also recently volunteered as a talent-show pianist at an area convalescent home, participates in Challenger baseball and was recognized by the City Council along with other members of the Kids in the Middle group for volunteer service in the community.
Joseph was selected as a Pop Warner first-team New England regional scholar in March and was named top scholar among seventh-graders in New England.
In April, he was awarded second-team All-American Scholar.
In 2018, more than 6,100 scholars qualified for the Pop Warner All-American Scholar program, representing the top 2 percent of all scholar-athletes across the country, according to a statement from Pop Warner Little Scholars.
The Pop Warner All-American Scholar program requires a minimum 96 percent grade average to apply, and students are ranked by grade level on academic achievement and community service involvement.
The top 35 football players and 35 cheerleaders/dancers are selected as first-team All-Americans. Second-team All-Americans consist of the remaining 65 percent of participants in each category.
“Finally, Pop Warner believes that everyone who meets the criteria should be rewarded for his/her academic success, so anyone that doesn’t qualify for first or second team is awarded honorable mention status,” the statement said.
Every student selected as a scholar was invited to attend the annual Pop Warner All-American Scholar Weekend, which took place this year on May 25-26 at Walt Disney World’s Yacht Club Resort in Orlando, Fla.
The event featured two Tribute to Scholars events, followed by a formal banquet.
A special highlight of the evening is the announcement of scholarships to the first-team All-Americans.
Since 1993, over $1.46 million in scholarship money has been awarded through the Pop Warner National Scholarship Program.
Founded in 1929 and headquartered in Langhorne, Pa., Pop Warner Little Scholars is the nation’s oldest youth football, cheerleading, and dance organization and the only youth sports organization that emphasizes academics as a prerequisite for participation. Pop Warner participants enjoy the opportunity to learn and compete in their sports in an atmosphere that emphasizes fun, safety, academics and character.
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