Massena High senior honored with Katie O’Shaughnessy Memorial Basketball Award
Tuesday, May 14, 2019 - 11:23 am

 

From left are Tamara Lett, Michael Viskovich, award winner Octavia Viskovich, and Chantal and Steve O’Shaughnessy. Photo submitted by Steve O'Shaughnessy. <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:fixed; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;} @font-face {font-family:"MS 明朝"; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-charset:128; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:other; mso-font-pitch:fixed; mso-font-signature:1 134676480 16 0 131072 0;} @font-face {font-family:Georgia; panose-1:2 4 5 2 5 4 5 2 3 3; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:auto; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:647 0 0 0 159 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-indent:10.1pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; mso-bidi-font-size:9.5pt; font-family:Georgia; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} p.BODYCOPY, li.BODYCOPY, div.BODYCOPY {mso-style-name:"BODY COPY"; mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; text-indent:10.1pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:9.5pt; font-family:Georgia; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"MS 明朝"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi; mso-fareast-language:JA;} @page WordSection1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} -->

MASSENA -- The 2019 Katie O’Shaughnessy Memorial Basketball Award was presented to Octavia Viskovich, a senior with the Massena Girls' Varsity Basketball team.

Octavia was selected by coach Justin Shope for her personal drive and ability to apply the lessons learned in basketball to her life off the court. The award was presented at the basketball banquet on March 26, where the team celebrated their successful season.

In the fall, Octavia will be studying health sciences and has been accepted at several prominent universities.

Octavia has also participated in the Volley for a Cure, an annual volleyball tournament that benefits Kate’s Team.

Katie O’Shaughnessy’s former basketball teammates established the award in her memory in 2001 by Mary Arcadi, then the Massena varsity basketball coach.

The honor acknowledges a senior player who possesses Katie’s determination and positive attitude both on the court and off.

Katie grew up in Massena and played basketball throughout high school. In December 2000, at the age of 22, she lost a one-year battle with melanoma. She graduated from Queen’s University just six months earlier, never having lost her fierce determination, even while facing the challenging treatments of cancer.

Kate’s Team was also formed in 2000 as an online community to keep friends and family updated on the progress of Kate’s treatment. Since then, Kate’s Team has raised over $300,000 for research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, where Katie received treatment.

Contact Colleen O’Shaughnessy at 315.955.8211 with any questions.