Aidan Quigley earns Kolinsky Journalism Scholarship

Aidan J. Quigley, a senior at St. Joseph High School in Trumbull, has won the competition for the 2014 Bohdan Kolinsky Memorial Journalism Scholarship, awarded by the Connecticut Sports Writers’ Alliance.

He will be among the honored guests at the Alliance’s 73rd annual Gold Key Dinner on Sunday at the Aqua Turf Club, Southington.

The Kolinsky Scholarship, named for a longtime scholastic sports editor of the Hartford Courant, has been offered since 2004 to help students pursue college programs leading to careers in sports journalism.

Quigley plans to enter the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College, which has awarded him the Park Scholarship.

Co-captain of St. Joseph’s cross country team and a distance runner on the track squad, Quigley has written several magazine articles on cross country and track and a blog about cross country competition. Also an Eagle Scout, he carries a cumulative grade average of 93.6 and scored in the 97th percentile nationally on the ACT college admission exam.

He is a son of David and Susan Quigley of Trumbull.

This year’s Gold Key recipients are West Haven High School head football coach Ed McCarthy, UConn men’s soccer coach Ray Reid, Branford High School field hockey coach Cathy McGuirk, former Boston Marathon winner Amby Burfoot, and one-time New Britain Rock Cats President and General Manager Bill Dowling.

Other 2014 award winners are: Cheshire girls volleyball coach Sue Bavone and Ansonia football coach Tom Brockett, the Doc McInerney High School Coaches of the Year; Southington senior quarterback Stephen Barmore and sophomore distance runner Hannah DeBalsi of Staples, the Hal Levy High School Athletes of the Year; Matt Harvey of the New York Mets, the Bill Lee Male Athlete of the Year; McKenzie Hollenbaugh, the Hank O’Donnell Female Athlete of the Year; Andrew Haraghey of Enrico Fermi High School and Morgan Bjarno of Glastonbury High, co-recipients of the Bob Casey Courage Award; the North Haven High School football program, which will receive the inaugural Bo Kolinsky Special Recognition Award; the Fairfield County Sports Commission, which will receive the President’s Award; and Gerry deSimas, this year’s recipient of the Art McGinley Award.

Tickets to the 2014 Gold Key Dinner, which begins at 4 p.m., are $75 and can be purchased by contacting either CSWA President George Albano of The (Norwalk) Hour at 203-434-2320 or Bob Ehalt of The New Haven Register at