TORRINGTON >> Torrington High School graduate John McCarthy is this year’s winner of the Omar N. Pollack Scholarship.
The $1,500 award, in memory of one of Torrington’s great sports activists, goes annually to a Torrington or Wolcott Tech graduate who played Babe Ruth Baseball and measures up in several other criteria, including school and community activities and academic standing.
McCarthy’s starring roles in Red Raider soccer, basketball and baseball upstage his accomplishments in the Committee’s other criteria.
In soccer, he was the center of a good team’s defense, calling signals for his younger teammates.
In basketball, he was a key member of the offense, coming through with dazzling plays late in a game when they counted most.
Baseball had it both ways. McCarthy was a sure-handed second baseman and dangerous hitter at bat.
Student Council membership highlighted his non-sports school activity.
A 95.33 grade point average highlighted the academics.
Out of school, he found ways to give back through sports, volunteering in PAL basketball and baseball, Elks soccer and the YMCA Mud Run.
McCarthy heads for Division III Roger Williams University (Bristol, Rhode Island) this fall, where he’ll join a soccer team that made an NCAA Tournament appearance last year after a 16-6-2 overall season record.
He plans to major in Criminal Justice.
The Omar N. Pollick Scholarship Committee was formed in 1973, the year of Pollick’s death. The Committee raised money through memorial breakfasts, presenting its first scholarship in 1975 and every year since.
Pollack’s sports contributions included founding roles in Torrington’s Babe Ruth Baseball and Midget Football programs.