Two girls place first in NFL Punt, Pass, Kick contest

Emma Scavo and Julie Kinahan placed first at the regional NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick contest at MetLife Stadium. The girls could qualify to participate in the national contest. — Bill Kinahan

Two John Read Middle School students, Emma Scavo, an eighth grader, and Julie Kinahan, a sixth grader, participated in the regional level of the National Football League Punt, Pass and Kick contest at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Dec. 2.

The contest was held before the Jets game and both girls came in first place. In a couple of weeks, the girls will get word if their scores are good enough to qualify for the national level contest.

John Read Middle School has been participating in the NFL Punt, Pass, Kick contest since 1998. The physical education staff was sent information from the NFL about holding a local competition, said Nancy Bowen, physical education teacher.

“We thought it would be a fun way to teach the basic skills of throwing, punting and kicking a ball, while at the same time, giving kids the opportunity to compete at a sectional level for our state,” she said.

Ms. Bowen said that over the years, the school has sent students in three different age groups to Fairfield, where a local police officer, Scott Sudora, runs the competition at the sectional level.

“If the kids win there, their scores are then compared to kids at other sectional contests in Connecticut,” said Ms. Bowen. “They have to be in the top third or fourth place to then qualify to go to MetLife Stadium.”

Since 1998, six students have participated at the regional level, but this is the first year two students placed first and can qualify to be considered for nationals.

“This is really very exciting for us,” Ms. Bowen said.

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