2006-04-14 / Sports

Traore Receives U.S. Achievement National Award

By Elio Velez

The United States Achievement Academy, celebrating over two decades of service to America's outstanding students and faculty, has nominated Mamadou Traore of Beach Channel High School for a national award.

Traore was a member of the Beach Channel Dolphins soccer team this season. After transferring from Park West High School, the senior turned in an excellent performance at midfield by knocking in six goals in eleven games.

The nomination was recommended by his soccer coach, Dominick Stanco. The Dolphins were the Queens B1 division champions with an 8-2 record and made the third round of the PSAL playoffs.

"It's a nice award. It's a high reward for a good kid. It also looks good for the (soccer) program at Beach Channel," Stanco said.

"He's a good athlete. It's a good recognition."

The United States Achievement Academy award is selected by a student's academic performance, interest and aptitude, enthusiasm and other qualities. According to the USAA, which was founded in 1976, the award recognizes a student's dedication to excellence and achievement in school.

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