The 2019-2020 Skip Vonsik Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Cameron Cswaykus.
Skip Vonsik was a 1976 West Seneca West graduate who played football, hockey, and baseball at West. He died tragically in 1996 and since then, his family and friends led by Jim Renzi have reunited for annual golf tournament to raise money for this scholarship in his memory. Skip was affectionately known as "Big Guy" although he was the smallest on the team. He was known for being a team first player who did not receive the accolades that others did. He was the player that every team needs to be successful.
Cameron Cswaykus epitomizes this. Cam played golf and hockey and will be attending NCCC in the fall to compete in both.
He was a varsity golfer for 7 years and qualified for the NYS Sectionals.
From Golf Coach Lori Potter, "Cameron has been a member of the Varsity golf team since 7th grade. Over the past 6 years, his game improved tremendously and ranked him in top of our division the last 2 seasons. He was long off the tee and become very consistent around the greens. Cam was always willing to work with the younger, less skilled players and stepped up as a very solid team captain and leader the past 2 seasons. He set his goals on qualifying for the Sectional tournament with a shot to make the state team by his senior year but unfortunately the sectional and state tournament were cancelled. Cam consistently faced the opponent’s top golfers but never backed down and welcomed the challenge. He often played his best golf against the stronger players. Cam was respected by his teammates, opponents and coaches. It has been a pleasure watching Cam grew as a player and a young man. He will definitely leave a big void in our program and I know he will exceed next year at NCCC."
Cam was a golf and hockey athlete for West. He scored 7 goals, 8 assists for 15 points in his senior season. He also led the team in +/- with a +11. Head Coach Kevin Rozo said, Cam is just a great kid who came a long way in his three years on varsity. While the road had its ups and downs, no one was more passionate or dedicated towards being a West hockey player than him. He worked incredibly hard to become one of our most reliable players this season. He is a very worthy recipient of this award and we wish him the best as he continues his playing career at NCCC next year."
In picture: l-r: Coach Rozo, Coach Oleski (NCCC), and Coach Potter. Seated Cameron.