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RALEIGH — Wakefield’s Tommy Petruccione and Heritage’s Cameron Tate both won Raleigh Sports Club’s $2,000 academic scholarship for their work in the classroom and as an athlete.
Throughout the school year, Wake County coaches have nominated their student-athletes for a chance to win. Only four high school seniors in Wake County receive the scholarship.
The students were told early March that they won the scholarship. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, instead of presenting the scholarship in person at the Club's annual banquet April 1, it was sent via email to every winner.
Both Petruccione and Tate recorded a video interview through Zoom in order to accept the scholarship.
“I was really surprised and shocked when I first heard the news,” Petruccione said. “I did not think I would win. It’s very important to win this scholarship. I’ve been balancing school work and athletics, so it’s nice to see some recognition put in.”
Tate’s mother received the phone call that her son won the scholarship in early March.
“I was really excited,” Tate said. “It means a lot to me. My coach told me that he was going to nominate me. When my mom told me I won, it was a really nice surprise.”
Petruccione is a two-star athlete for Wakefield, playing both basketball and lacrosse. In this past basketball season, Petruccione averaged 6.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game as a shooting guard.
As a midfielder in lacrosse, Petruccione scored seven goals and registered eight assists in his junior year. Petruccione was poised to have a bigger role for his lacrosse team as a senior this year, but the coronavirus pandemic cut his final season short.
“It is disappointing because we put in all the preseason work and had our season cut off,” Petruccione said. “We’re staying optimistic. We’re trying to keep up good morale among the team.”
Tate wrapped up his final year as a football player for Heritage. He played offensive line and mostly center for the Huskies. Tate is expected to graduate this year with a GPA of 4.23. He plans on attending Appalachian State to study business supply chain management.
“I want to tell all my fellow athletes to just stay committed to the game,” Tate said. “Don’t let outside things lead you the wrong way and interfere with what you want to do. Stay truthful to yourself and give a 110% effort on every play.”
As for Petruccione, he is expected to graduate with a GPA of 4.39. He’s still deciding between attending N.C. State or UNC-Chapel Hill. He plans on studying statistics or something involving business.