NDI In the News

For Immediate Release
December 21, 2015

Greg Glynn, Account Executive
Nancy Marshall Communications
207-623-4177, gglynn@marshallpr.com


Semi-finalists Announced for Gaziano Lineman Awards

Scholarship for Maine high school linemen is the largest of its kind in the country

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine - The selection committee for the 2015 Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Offensive and Defensive Lineman Awards today announced 15 semi-finalists for what is the largest high school scholarship of its kind in the country. 

eff Kane, president of National Distributors, Inc. and Frank Gaziano's son-in-law, said the semi-finalists were chosen from 25 nominees and consist of seven senior offensive linemen and eight senior defensive linemen representing a wide range of high schools across the state. In the weeks ahead, the selection committee will interview each of the semi-finalists to determine the finalists.

"Each of the semi-finalists has proven to be dedicated to their sport and their communities," said Kane. "Now it will be up to the committee to meet with each of these fine young men to learn more about what makes each one of them unique and most deserving of the award and scholarship. The selection committee is looking forward to learning more about each of the semi-finalists and what makes them tick."

Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Award Semi-Finalists:  

Defensive Linemen
Elijah Ayotte, Thornton Academy
Tyrell Gullatt, Windham
Logan Herodes, Falmouth
Travon Bradford, Kennebunk
Justin Guerrette, Cape Elizabeth
Frank Curran, Cheverus
Curtis McLeod, Maine Central Institute
Conner Elwell, Oak Hill   
Offensive Linemen
Charles Kovarik, Portland
Wiley Hollen, Bonny Eagle
Alec Clark, Winslow
Dylan Collin, Mount Desert Island
Isaac Patry, Thornton Academy
Gerry Valliere, Windham
Drew Chamberlain, Falmouth  

The scholarship and awards program for Maine high school football linemen was created in 2010 in memory of Frank J. Gaziano, founder of National Distributors in South Portland, and a former college All-American and professional football player with a lifelong passion for local sports. One offensive and one defensive lineman will each receive $5,000 and a first place trophy, and four runners-up will receive $1,000. The award winners will be announced at a luncheon ceremony on Saturday, Jan. 30, at the Augusta Civic Center.

The annual Frank J. Gaziano Memorial Offensive and Defensive Lineman Awards are presented to players who epitomize the character, leadership, and perseverance of Gaziano. The selection committee chooses award winners based on their strong leadership on the field, in the classroom, and in the community.

In 2012, National Distributors, Inc. increased the scholarship amount to $5,000 for the two winners and $1,000 for the two runners-up making it the largest high school football scholarship of its kind in the country. Funding for the $14,000 in total scholarships is provided by National Distributors, Inc. The selection committee will also be securing sponsorships ranging from $50 - $500 so players and families of the student-athletes can attend the awards luncheon ceremony free of charge. If you are interested in attending the event or contributing to the scholarship fund, contact event coordinator Charlie Gagnon at gazianoawards@gmail.com.

The selection committee for the 2015 Frank J. Gaziano Lineman Awards is chaired by Matt Perkins and also includes Mark Bonnevie, Pete Cloutier, Chris Davis, Peter DeSimon, Mike Haley, Charles Hews, Luke Libby, Ed McAleney, Dan O'Connell, Bob Sinclair and Stephen Stinson.

For more information on the awards luncheon or the scholarship program, visit www.gazianolinemanawards.org.


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About National Distributors:

Established in 1960, National Distributors Inc., is a family-owned company that has been providing quality beverages to retailers for the benefit of consumers more than 50 years. Though predominantly servicing retailers in Southern Maine, the company continues to provide a variety of products and expand their distribution to Central & Coastal Maine. National Distributors maintains a strong vision for a greener future with an active environmental program. The company and its more than 170 employees also continue to be proud community leaders and promote the responsible consumption of their products..