Colin Menapace

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  • January 11, 2024
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Colin Menapace has taken his place as this year’s Jazz Diminick Male Scholar Athlete the good old-fashioned way. He earned it! Menapace began his athletic career as one of the 11 freshmen to make his way on to the varsity football team four years ago. A broken collar bone prevented him from playing that year, as most of the others gained valuable experience. Colin continued to work in the weight room and found himself on the field as a sophomore and a starter at tight end as a junior. Colin also began to kick during his junior season and became quite proficient by the end of the year. Because of his hard work in the off-season, Colin became one of the leading kickers in the area, making 64 of 69 PAT attempts. The 64 points established a new MCA record, surpassing the 50 by Mike Sinkovich in 1998. He also established a new season record with 64 points via kicking; and also finished the season with 34 consecutive extra points, surpassing the old record of 25 by Matt Kufta. He also contributed 7.5 sacks and 21 tackles from his defensive end spot, and 10 receptions for 168 yards at tight end. His efforts earned him spots on the Heartland Conference All Star team, as well as, Press Enterprise, Sunbury Daily Item, and District IV all star births. Colin was the recipient of the first-ever Glenn Bonsey Adams Award at the football banquet, as well as, the Joseph F. Greco Scholar Athlete Award.

Menapace also lettered as a varsity swimmer in his freshman and sophomore seasons, establishing school records in the 100 butterfly, 200 free-style relay and 400 free-style relay as the team anchor. Colin is also a four-year letter winner in track, participating in the hurdle and field events.

Menapace currently ranks second in his class and is a member of the National Honor Society, Masque and Gavel, Quill and Scroll, and the Athletic Honor Society. He was named Rotary Student of the Month for October, and the Ed Romance Chapter Athlete of the Month for September. He has also been voted “Most Likely to Succeed” by his classmates. Colin is also a member of the prestigious 700 and 1300 clubs for SAT excellence.

Colin can also be found as an anchor of WKMC TV in the morning and a co-anchor of MCA’s sports show, the Red Zone. He has participated in the school musical for 4 years and is a three-year member of Student Council, serving as President as a freshman and secretary ad a junior. Latin Club, TECH club, Interact club and chorus keep him busy, as does being an Altar Server at Divine Redeemer Church.

Colin is the son of Dr. Mike and Missy Menapace, Mount Carmel; and now has the unenviable task of choosing between the University of Michigan, Georgia Tech University, Purdue University, and the University of Pittsburgh, to pursue an engineering degree. Colin joins his sister Maura (2002) as Romance Chapter Scholar Athletes.

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