Revere High’s year-ending senior awards night has been a major production in past years, fittingly held at the Showcase Cinemas in Revere.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, that program will more than likely be held in a different venue.
But Revere High Director of Athletics Frank Shea said he is hopeful that the awards program can take place by the end of the school year.
“In the event we don’t come back to school, I will have to have a discussion with the superintendent [Dr. Dianne Kelly] how we’re going to proceed with the awards program,” said Shea.
There could be a change in the award selection process necessitated by the possible cancellation of the entire spring sports season, Currently, practices are scheduled to begin on May 4.
“The question would be: What do you do if there is no spring season? You don’t really want to deny a spring athlete who is deserving of an award. We’re going to have assume that if he or she were a good athlete, they were going to have a good spring season.”
For example, senior Katie O’Donnell was the league MVP in field hockey and a starting player on the girls basketball team. She is projected to be a key member of the girls lacrosse team that has been one of the school’s most successful programs. Former star Kianna Napolitano had earned a spot on the Endicott College girls lacrosse team and was making an immediate impact, but the Gulls’ spring season was canceled.
Shea said the awards sponsored in the past by the late Mickey “Say No To Drugs” Casoli will be a part of the program.