James S. Lesko

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  • January 11, 2024
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The first-ever recipient of the St. Pauline Visintainer Scholarship is James Lesko.

Jimmy has earned the honor by exhibiting the qualities set forth by the scholarship committee. He has participated in athletics during his four years at MCA, and has set himself apart by showing strong Christian Leadership and by participating in some type of church-related activity. Lesko is a senior student-athlete at Mount Carmel Area and currently ranks in the top 10 of his class. He actively pursues the AP courses offered at the school and will have earned 12 college credits before his graduation in June. His current 4.0 GPA has placed him on the Distinguished Honor Roll throughout his time in high school and is a member of the Junior and Senior National Honor Societies. He has been chosen to receive the Junior High Pride Award in both 7th and 8th grade and has been named the Rotary Student of the Month for January.

Lesko was chosen as a sophomore to attend a National Youth Leadership Forum in Washington, D.C. That experience gave him the opportunity to prove too himself and his peers that he could – and would – become a leader in whatever path he chose to pursue.

Jimmy is currently vice-president of Student Council and has been a writer for “Tornado Times” for 3 years. He is an anchor for WKMC in the morning and is a co-anchor of “The Red Zone”, MCA’s newest addition to WKMC’s line-up. He has earned two state championships in the Odyssey of the Mind on the state level and was a finalist in the world competition.

James has served as an altar server at Divine Redeemer Church since 6th grade and is a Divine Redeemer picnic volunteer. He has helped to serve dinners at Divine Redeemer during lent and also volunteers as a St Pauline Visintainer picnic worker.

As an athlete Jim has been a four-year member of the MCA baseball team and will serve as a captain for the 2008 season. His speed and quickness have made him one of the best outfielders in the Schuylkill League. His two spectacular defensive plays in a game against Tamaqua last season helped to preserve Ty Klusman’s no hitter. He also helps out as an assistant in the Mt Carmel Area Junior Baseball League.

Jimmy resides in Kulpmont with his parents Corrine and James Lesko and will continue his education at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland to major in philosophy with the hope of becoming an attorney.

Categories: 2008 Hall of Fame