Gold “T” Awards dinner a big success
TORRINGTON: It’s another of the great traditions at Torrington High School that reminds those about to leave the school to remember to stay in touch and stay part of the traditions set forth long before they walked the halls.
The Torrington High School Varsity Club held their Gold “T” Awards dinner on Sunday night at Chatterley’s in Torrington and a packed house watched as two new members were officially inducted into the group.
The club was started back in 1936 by legendary Raider coach Connie Donahue to encourage athletic excellence, develop friendship amongst athletes and to serve the school and community.
From there, the signature Gold “T” Award was started in 1976 by Club Advisor, Coach Lou Moscaritolo to honor individuals who have contributed to the THS athletic program.
On Sunday, long-time teacher and track official Bernie Niehaus and current girls swim coach Katie Gregory were honored.
Niehaus has been a chemistry teacher at THS for 39 years and began helping out as a track official, something he did for nearly a decade at both Torrington Middle School and the high school.
He also advised the THS Ski Club for many years.
Gregory is a Health and Physical Education teacher at the high school and has been in that position for 10 years.
She was on the Varsity Girls Swim and Dive team and softball teams all four years, captain of both in her senior year.
For the past eight years, Gregory has been at the helm of the Raiders swim efforts and is also an assistant coach for the boys for the last four and the outdoor track team for the past three years.
Awards and scholarships were given out by the organizers, who are all underclassmen at THS.
RJ Poniatoski is the Club Advisor, with help from Gregory.
11 different awards were given out to worthy seniors including service awards for each season.
Two $1,000 dollar scholarships were presented from the Tim Considine Scholarship Foundation, one to Connor Finn, the other Adam LaMothe.
Another great evening spent with the people who make sure tradition is not forgotten at Torrington High School.