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- January 12, 2024
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RUSS AND JO ANN CESARI SCHOLARSHIP
“Ivy Leaguer!” That term simply describes this year’s Cesari Scholarship winner. Tyler has the look, the athletic ability, and most importantly, the academic wherewithal to attend an Ivy League School. He has earned an athletic scholarship to Columbia University in New York City and will enroll in the fall.
Tyler has been a three-year letterman for Coach Carm and the Red Tornadoes of Mount Carmel Area. He has started at tight end for two seasons and has been very productive as one in four catches has resulted in a touchdown. His terrific blocking also enabled the Tornadoes to run for more than 200 yards per game and score 38 rushing touchdowns. Only 8 Tornado teams have ever rushed for more TD’s. He also contributed 72 tackles – 17 for loss – from his defensive end position. Tyler has been an integral part of the Tornadoes having appeared in the District IV playoffs for three consecutive seasons; winning the Championship in 2011 and finishing as the runner-up in 2012. He was selected a co-captain by his teammates for the 2012 season. Tyler was named to the Heartland Conference and Sunbury Daily Item all star teams following the 2012 season. He was also the recipient of the Joseph F. Greco Scholar Athlete Award presented by the Greco Family. Tyler was recruited by Coach Pete Mangurian to play outside linebacker for the Lions. He also received walk-on offers from Richmond, Delaware and Lafayette.
Kwiatkowski has also been a three-year member of John Lazicki’s basketball team at MCA and has served as a captain for two years. He helped the Tornadoes to a fine 14-10 record and a spot in District IV play for the first time in 3 years. He also throws the discus and javelin for the Tornado track and field contingent.
Tyler is a member of the National Honor Society and the prestigious 700 club. He is currently ranked 4th in his class and is a member of the Interact Club, Spanish Club, Future Teachers of America and the Chemistry Club. In his spare time, he has volunteered for Relay for Life, Nate’s Mates, and the Special Olympics. He is also a member of Our Lady’s Parish in Mount Carmel and has been an Altar Server for 10 years.
Tyler is the son of Kevin and Cheryl Kwiatkowski of Mount Carmel.