(Left to Right) – TASL VP Jimmy Holland, Emery Wiest and Father, Danielle Pascanik and Parents, Robert Goode Jr. and Mother, TASL Scholarship Committee Member Dave Dearborn, Francesa Giardina and Parents, TASL President Tina Lowry

Last evening, the Tidewater Advanced Soccer League (TASL) had the honor and privilege to present six higher education scholarships to deserving Senior student-athletes-Francesca Giardina, Robert Goode Jr., Aliana Hamill, Danielle Pascanik, Emma Rafferty and Emery Weist.  A seventh scholarship was announced by not awarded for junior Hannah Marston.

Scholarships were awarded based on various requirements but the most important being participation as a player in TASL for at least 2 years (or 4 seasons).

We couldn’t be prouder of these student athletes and the balancing act that is proven in their accolades below. It is our absolute pleasure to introduce the TASL Higher Education Scholarship recipients for the 2016-2017 year.

Francesca Giardina, a graduate of Hickory High School, with a GPA of 3.88, will be attending Catholic University in the Fall as a Psychology major. Francesca participated with TASL for more than 2 years (4 seasons) with CUSC. Managing both sports and scholastic, Francesca was involve in many volunteer capacities- difference makers and various church roles from the nursery to visiting the elderly. Best of luck Francesca!

Robert Goode Jr, a graduate of Western Branch High School, with a 4.20 GPA, will be attending Virginia Tech University in the Fall as a Chemistry major. Robert participated with TASL from Fall 2006 to Spring 2010 with PSC. Robert balanced being an athlete and student while taking on many extracurricular activities. He was a TASL referee, assistant volunteer coach, multiple volunteer roles in the Western Branch school system and fed the homeless. Way to go Robert!

Aliana Hamill, a graduate of Hickory High School, with a GPA of 3.61, will be attending Virginia Commonwealth University in the Fall as a Biomedical Engineering major. Aliana participated with TASL for more than 2 years (4 seasons) with CUSC. Aliana was very active with her church as a volunteer in roles such as assisting with JAM sessions, vacation bible school and clean up duties. Best of luck Aliana!

Danielle Pascanik, a graduate of Ocean Lakes High School, with a class rank of 62 of 485, will be attending Old Dominion University (Honors College) as a Nursing Major. Danielle participated with TASL from Fall 2006 to Spring 2015. Her list of extracurricular activities and awards would not fit on this page and is hugely impressive. To name a few- Equi-kids, Special Olympics, Sentara Princess Anne ICU Volunteer and more. Good luck Danielle!

Emma Rafferty, a graduate of Ocean Lakes High School, with a class rank of 42 of 485, will be attending Virginia Tech University in the Fall as a Sustainable Biomaterials major. Emma participated with TASL from Fall 2010 to Spring 2016 with Beach FC. You could find her both on the soccer field and running cross country. Outside of athletics, she volunteered her time for Beach FC , her church, various race crews, camp counselor and OL leadership workshops. Keep shining Emma!

Emery Weist, a graduate of Southampton Academy, in the top 10% in his class, will be attending Christopher Newport University in the Fall as a Computer Engineering major. Emery participated with TASL for 7 seasons with SYAA Hurricanes (3) and Franklin Fire SC (4). On top of his commitment to athletics, Emery was involved in various volunteer roles in the both with Franklin Fire SC and his community- Boy Scouts, Courtland Baptist Church Band, youth group, YMCA referee and meal packaging for Global Aid. Good Luck Emery!

We look forward to hearing about all your successes at the next level! Thank you for being contributing athletes to TASL but most of all outstanding citizens as well.