State Representative Anthony D’Amelio greeted members of the Holy Cross High School football team that captured the Class S State Championship in December. The Crusader team was in Hartford April 19th to meet state representatives, get a tour of the State Capitol, and had the opportunity to meet with Governor Dannel Malloy. Photographs by Jamison Bazinet
State Representatives Tony D’Amelio (R-71), Selim Noujaim (R-74), Jeff Berger (D-73), Larry Butler (D-72), David Aldarondo (D-75) and State Senators Joe Markley (R-16) and Joan Hartley (D-15) welcomed the Class S State Champion Holy Cross High School Football Team to the Capitol April 19, for a tour and special recognition of their accomplishment.
“Winning a state championship is a remarkable accomplishment and I am honored to be able to celebrate with the Holy Cross football team, and to introduce them to the state during a legislative session day in the House,” Rep. D’Amelio said. “The hard work, dedication and effort these young men displayed throughout the season should be an inspiration to everyone. They worked together, never quit and ultimately claimed victory.”
“I am proud of this team, each and every player, the coaches and support staff and, of course, the teachers and school administrators who continue to push these young men to excel in both their academic and athletic pursuits” Rep. Noujaim said. “Success on the field comes from success in the classroom and the strength they showed during this season will undoubtedly carry over to their future collegiate and work pursuits. I congratulate them on their success but know it will not be the last time they accomplish great things.”
“I welcome the Holy Cross High School football team to Hartford and commend them on their CIAC Class S football championship. I applaud their hard work and dedication to the school and the community,” Rep. Berger said. “They are all shining examples of upstanding citizenry, assets to Waterbury and role models for their peers.”
“My sincerest congratulations to Holy Cross football,” Rep. Butler said. “Your program consistently makes Waterbury proud. You will carry these friendships and memories with you for the rest of your lives.”
“Congratulations to the Holy Cross High School football players and coaches for their outstanding achievement,” Rep. Aldarondo said. “The entire Waterbury community is proud of you and we wish all the members of the team the very best in the future. You all deserve to be honored at the State Capitol.”
“I want to congratulate Coach Giampetruzzi and the entire football team for a job well done,” Senator Markley said. “Your commitment to one another on the field and off is a tremendous story to celebrate. All of your teamwork, perseverance and hard work paid off. You should be proud.”
“It is my honor to co-host the Holy Cross High School football Crusaders at the Capitol this week,” Senator Hartley said. “Having secured the Class ‘S’ championship they have served as an inspiration and role models to all. My congratulations to Coach Giampetruzzi and this year’s champs.”
The team toured the Legislative Office Building and State Capitol before being recognized on both the floor of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The team was also treated to a pizza lunch provided by Reps. D’Amelio and Berger and Sen. Hartley following their tour.
Holy Cross High School won it’s second state championship with a thrilling 34-27 victory over Cromwell on December 9th. The team and its coaches are pictured above posing with Governor Dannel Malloy, and state representatives Jeff Berger and Anthony D’Amelio.
Governor Malloy personally met with the football team, and presented them a special proclamation.