Staten Island Academy Honors Emmy Award-Winning ESPN Producer and Sports Illustrated Journalist at 2009 Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame Awards on October 20

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Staten Island Academy is honoring five alumni during their 2009 Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame Awards on October 20. Among the honorees will be Emmy Award-winning producer Gil Parmele '50, and former Sports Illustrated reporter Damian Slattery '76.

I think I can speak for the entire Staten Island Academy community in saying that it is an enormous pleasure to honor this impressive group of alumni.

Staten Island Academy will host its 2009 Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame Awards on Tuesday, October 20 at the Academy’s campus. The reception will begin at 6:00 PM and the induction ceremony will commence at 7:00 PM.

Academy Athletic Director Darlene Crowe said, “I think I can speak for the entire Staten Island Academy community in saying that it is an enormous pleasure to honor this impressive group of alumni.” This year’s honorees are: Jennifer Boylan ’95, Jon D’Agostino ’82, Sarita Konka ’01, Gil Parmele’s ’50 and Damian Slattery ’76.

Jennifer Boylan ’95 was a three-time Staten Island Advance All-Star, and upon her graduation from SIA was ranked 6th in the girls Eastern Tennis Association 18s and 84th nationally. During her time at the Academy, she was undefeated in her sophomore, junior and senior years and for four years was the reigning Individuals champion of the CHSAA League. After graduating from the Academy, she attended the University of Michigan on a full tennis scholarship. She graduated in 1999 with a BA in English and Political Science and returned to Michigan for her Masters degree in English Education. For the past seven years, she has worked at the High School for Math, Science and Engineering at CCNY where she has taught history, English and most recently, Gastronomy.

Jon D’Agostino ‘82 was a three sport starter (soccer, basketball & baseball), and was the JV basketball high scorer, co-captain and MVP or co-MVP during his freshman and sophomore years. As a freshman he batted 2nd on Staten Island (.421 batting average) and received the MIP award. That year the team won the MAAPS championship, and D’Agostino tied the school record for hits in a season. As a junior and senior, he was captain and MVP of the varsity baseball team, and senior year batted over .500. On the soccer field, he was a starting midfielder on the varsity in his sophomore, junior & senior years. In 1981, that team won the MAAPS championship in a season that set the school’s record with an undefeated 14-0-1 record. Following high school, he went on to serve as captain of the baseball team at Skidmore College twice and was voted MVP for his junior senior years.

During the four years Sarita played tennis for the Tigers (1997-2000), the team went on to win three CHSAA team titles. Individually, Sarita was undefeated in her first three seasons at the Academy, won two CHSAA singles titles and was a finalist in her senior year in addition to being a Mayor’s Cup finalist that same season. In 2001, Sarita received the scholarship award from the Staten Island Sports Hall of Fame. Participating in both sectional and national tournaments throughout high school, she was a four-time Staten Island Advance All-Star recipient. Sarita went on to play for Columbia University and is currently pursuing a degree in medicine at St. George’s University.

Gil Parmele’s ’50 contribution to the world of athletics came with his professional career. Working in the broadcasting industry for over fifty years, Parmele was a unique individual who managed to meld a love of data with an ability to create formats, write stories and support some of the biggest personalities in the business. During the late 1960s, he served as Chief Studio Statistician and Information Procurer on ABC-TV’s “College Scoreboard Show” and NBC’s Pro Football Post Season Shows. Parmele was the creator of the concept of ‘a note, per game, per show’ – still in standard use today. Through the 1970s, he wrote and produced “Frank Gifford Sports” for ABC Radio, which was the #2 most listened to show on network radio. He spent 1984 covering the Summer and Winter Olympics as a writer and reporter for RKO Radio. In 1985, Parmele joined ESPN and spent the next twenty four years writing weekday notes for various anchors and producers. Called “Gil’s Goodies,” these notes were indispensible tools for nearly every on-air personality, and resulted in 2004 and 2005 Emmy Awards for Parmele.

While a student at Staten Island Academy, Damian Slattery ‘76 earned 12 varsity letters (4 soccer, 4 basketball, 2 baseball, 2 tennis), starting every game for four years in soccer and basketball. Twice the soccer MVP (‘74 and ’75), Slattery helped the Academy win the MAAPS title in 1975. An Advance All-Star, Slattery played soccer four years at Division III Hamilton College, leading them to an upstate NY championship in 1979. A reporter at Sports Illustrated for 20 years, a documentary and feature film writer, Slattery now works in marketing for TIME.

The Staten Island Academy Alumni Athletic Hall of Fame was started in 1993 with a class of inductees that included Gilbert Parmele ’14, Hildegard Gross Byrnes ’34, Kennedy Randall ’37, Charles R. Parmele ’43, Deborah Mittricker Redmond ’72, Pamela Deutsch ’86, and legendary coach and trainer Edward “Pop” Wiley.    

Staten Island Academy is a welcoming mix of inspiring people, challenging schoolwork, and opportunities for expanded learning. A co-ed, college prep school for Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12, the Academy builds upon its 125-year tradition to focus entirely on providing the best future for children.


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