In the course of my workday, there are many times that I come across amazing, interesting, and even surprising facts about the schools we work with. This time, the information was about a former high school student and athlete who attended Rye High School (Rye, NY). He was one of those killed on September 11.
It’s the 11th anniversary of September 11, but the fact of the matter is, the passing years don’t take away the loss.
I had been looking at the Rye High School’s Athletic Department site to verify the school’s name and other information for our website and for a flyer we were printing for them. An “Awards” tab on the high school’s athletics page caught my attention, and when I clicked on it, I immediately saw the Christopher Daniel Mello Memorial Award. Then I read about this football award and its connection to 9/11.
A black and white photo of a young man accompanies the description of the award. This is Christopher Daniel Mello, who was an “outstanding student and athlete from Rye High School Class of 1994.” The paragraph continues, “He was killed on September 11, 2001, onboard the first airliner to strike the World Trade Center.”
The Christopher Daniel Mello Memorial Award is given perpetually, on an annual basis, to the winner of the Rye-Harrison football game and “bears the names of the top graduating scholar athletes from each team,” according to the Rye Athletics write up.
“Both this award and the scholarships are the result of the outpouring of respect and affection for this young man, who at age 25, was taken from us.”
Other sites of interest:
ESPN Video – Man in The Red Bandanna
History.com – 9/11 Attacks
Varsity Insider – Rye defeats Harrison 17-7