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News 12 Long Island and MSG Varsity Honor LI's Best and Brightest Scholar Athletes

News 12 Long Island hosted the 24th Annual News 12 Long Island/MSG Varsity Scholar Athlete awards dinner at the Woodbury Country Club on Wednesday, June 22, honoring the best and brightest from Long Island.

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Woodbury, NY, June 29, 2011 - News 12 Long Island hosted the 24th Annual News 12 Long Island/MSG Varsity Scholar Athlete awards dinner at the Woodbury Country Club on Wednesday, June 22, honoring the best and brightest from Long Island. From 30 amazing students, two exceptional scholar athletes were honored with $2,000 scholarships. This year's recipients were Elizabeth "Attie" Schubauer of Cold Spring Harbor High School and Samson Bialostok of Lawrence High School.

News 12 Long Island's senior sports correspondent, Bob Wolff, hosted the ceremony with the assistance of News 12 Long Island's sports director, Kevin Maher. The awards concluded with Mr. Wolff's wonderful rendition of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" to which he sings and plays the ukulele.

"These amazing young Long Islanders are literally at the top of their class in terms of both academic and athletic achievement," said Pat Dolan, president of News 12 Networks and news director for News 12 Long Island. "We congratulate all of the students, their families, and their schools for earning this recognition and we wish them continued success. News 12 looks forward to continuing to spotlight the noteworthy achievements of local students in our communities."

Throughout the school year, News 12 Long Island's "Scholar Athlete" segments appear every Monday beginning in the 5:00 p.m. newscast. The students who are selected are at the top of their class academically, and many participate and excel in more than one sport in their high schools. Athletic Directors or other high school representatives can nominate students to become a News 12 Long Island "Scholar Athlete of the Week."

The following are the News 12 Long Island Scholar Athlete's for the 2010-2011 school year:

Scholar Athlete Scholarship Recipients:
· Elizabeth "Attie" Schubauer- Cold Spring Harbor
· Samson Bialostok- Lawrence

Scholar Athletes:
· James Barone- Half Hollow Hills West
· Conner Bass- Westhampton Beach
· Zach Bass- Westhampton Beach
· John Battistelli- Half Hollow Hills West
· Sean Brady- Kings Park
· Anne Carey- St. John the Baptist Diocesan
· Krystina Choinski- Hauppauge
· Michele Daubman- Plainedge
· Brian Fischer- Garden City
· Zach Flood- Bayport-Blue Point
· Brendan Gaine- Bay Shore
· Gene Garay- Oceanside
· Kira Garry- Friends Academy
· Lee Henderson- Massapequa
· Stephen Jahelka- Garden City
· Ryan Jensen- Patchogue Medford
· Sean Mahon- Chaminade
· Allison McNamara- Hicksville
· Mary Leah Milnes- Locust Valley
· Ankush Mohile- Lynbrook
· Catherine Schmidt- Bay Shore
· Michael Scialpi- Seaford
· Jared Siegel- Half Hollow Hills East
· Niv Sultan- Hewlett
· Peter Swiggett- Cold Spring Harbor
· Heather Szilagyi- Cold Spring Harbor
· Amanda Walsh- Our Lady of Mercy
· Julia Wendt- Bay Shore

About News 12 Long Island
News 12 Long Island is part of News 12 Networks, the country's first, largest, and most watched 24-hour local television news network. News 12 Long Island launched as a 24-hour service in 1986 and today remains a Cablevision exclusive service, reaching approximately 800,000 households on Long Island. In addition to the 24-hour local news channel, News 12 also features the award winning, the destination for Long Island news on the web; and News 12 Interactive, channel 612 on iO TV, providing local news on-demand to Cablevision subscribers. News 12 Long Island is owned and operated by Cablevision Systems Corporation.

About MSG Varsity
MSG Varsity is a multi-platform suite of services comprised of: a 24/7 HD television network, a comprehensive online destination, and a groundbreaking interactive service, all dedicated to high school sports, academics and activities happening throughout the tri-state area. Content for these services includes MSG Varsity's professionally produced programming as well as content created by the high schools themselves. Working in partnership with MSG Varsity, students and faculty are given extraordinary access to curriculum and training in multimedia creation and distribution, empowering them to become active participants in telling their school's stories. MSG Varsity is a Cablevision exclusive service not available to satellite or phone company TV subscribers and reaches three million households throughout the New York market. For more information, please visit

About Cablevision
Cablevision Systems Corporation is one of the nation's leading telecommunications, media and entertainment companies. In addition to delivering its Optimum-branded cable, Internet, and voice offerings throughout the New York area, the company owns and operates cable systems serving homes in four Western states. Cablevision's local media properties include News 12 Networks, MSG Varsity and Newsday Media Group. Cablevision's assets also include Rainbow Media Holdings LLC and its programming and entertainment businesses, AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv and IFC Entertainment, as well as Clearview Cinemas. Additional information about Cablevision is available on the Web at