Reading Memorial High School class of 2023 was the first group of students to be awarded the Katelyn M. Caruso Helping Hands Scholarship.    Katelyn was a proud rocket, a scholar athlete and graduated with honors.   She was a tough competitor and played lacrosse, soccer, and hockey at a varsity level all four years, 12 letters with captainships in soccer and lacrosse.  This inaugural year was very special.  There were so many deserving applicants that the Scholarship Committee decided to award three scholarships rather than the planned one.   We wish them all the best as they carry on Katelyn's legacy.  From left to right: Sophia Isbell, Nicole O'Sullivan, and Kate Leone with Lynne and Joe Caruso

Sophia Isbell was the captain of the varsity Gymnastics team, she was voted MVP all four years as varsity player.  She achieved many of the highest scores in program history including the highest all-around score.  She was also named to the Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team, Boston Globe All-Scholastic Team, and selected to the Senior National Team.  Sophia plans on pursuing a doctorate in Physical Therapy and plans on attending Texas Women’s University in the fall.  She also coached the Special Olympics kids using her talent to give back to others.  Sophia broke her hand junior year needing surgery and was ironically one of my daughter Katelyn’s patients.  She overcame her serious injury and after months of rehab was recruited for Gymnastics.  Sophia said that her time with Katelyn was one of the reasons she chose her career.  

Nicole O’Sullivan was a scholar athlete receiving honors all four years.  She was the captain of the soccer team as was Katelyn.  Nicole is planning on attending the University of Vermont and becoming a nurse.  There is a long tradition of nursing in Nicole’s family that influenced her career decision.   Nicole comes from a large family.  She loves to ski and enjoys working out as Katelyn did.

Kate Leone was a scholar athlete and achieved high honors all four years.  She was a varsity lacrosse player who overcame a serious ACL surgery to continue playing.  Kate plans on playing lacrosse at DePauw University.  It was the rehab and exposure to physical therapy that created the interest and passion in pursuing a career in physical therapy just as it did with Katelyn when she also tore her ACL, was treated at Excel Orthopedics and subsequently decided on a similar career.  Family is very important to Kate as she spends much of her vacation and free time with them including her twin brother.  The love of family and friends was also a powerful trait that Katelyn had.