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- December 19, 2023
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SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Joel Gonzalo, a junior at Mount Carmel Area High School, recently became only the 5th underclassman in MCA history to be named an all-state football player. He was named to the second team Big School All-State team chosen by the Associated Press as a wide receiver. During the 1993 season, Gonzalo established a new season record with 51 receptions good for 721 yards and 7 touchdowns. His three TD’s vs Montoursville and 8 receptions vs Danville tied single game records at MCA.
For the last 2 years, Joel has been the starting point guard on the Tornado basketball team, leading the team in assists and steals both years. This season, he has added 13 points per game to his role as floor leader. During the Holiday River Tournament at Selinsgrove, Gonzalo was named tourney MVP with 31 points and 15 assists as MCA won the championship.
Last spring, Joel was a member of MCA’s 4×400 meter District II AA Championship Relay team running a 51.9 split.
An honor student, Gonzalo has been a member of the cast for MCA’s productions of The Music Man and South Pacific and this year’s Oklahoma. He is a member of the Key Club, Biology Club, Spanish Club, SADD, Stand Tall and is a Big Brother. He is the son of Rose and Jose Gonzalo, Shady Acres.