2015 NYSWYSA Young Referees of the Year

I would like to introduce you to Alex Moses by reading a brief quote from one of his recommendation letters. “Have you ever looked into someone’s eyes and seen the fire of a winner? That fire continues to burn in Alex to this day."

Alex is currently a junior at LeMoyne College in Syracuse where he is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, has a 3.81 GPA, and has been named to the Dean’s List 3 out of his 4 semesters so far. He has demonstrated leadership qualities while at college as well. As a freshman, he was the founding president of the LeMoyne Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America. Over the last two years, he has grown that club to be the second largest student organization on campus and has been elected as the New York State President of the organization. As such, he assists with the activities of all of the chapters in the state and organizes all of the state meetings. Last year, he created two business plans for startups that not only won first place in the New York State FBLA competition, but took 4th place in the United States. Not bad considering that there were more than 2000 entries nationally. He also served as the vice-president of a Junior Achievement mock business that not only returned its investors a 200% profit, but also was able to donate $1,000 to charity. He led a fundraising effort for March of Dimes last year that sent an additional $500 to that charitable organization and he is currently donating a portion of all of his game fees as a referee to the Humane Society. This coming summer he has already secured an internship at NYSEG. Attending high school at Maine Endwell, he also collected soccer balls for impoverished players in Haiti. And last but not least, he is currently a member of the LeMoyne College chamber orchestra. Alex is a very well rounded individual.

As a soccer player, he was a 3 year starter for Maine Endwell High School playing various positions on the field. In his 2nd year, that team won the section IV Class A championship and was a finalist in the state championships. Over the 10 years that he played on travel teams, on 8 occasions his team won their division. He was noted as a leader on both of those teams and made sure that everyone not only worked together, but also as hard as possible. He believes that hard work trumps talent every time.

He became a referee in 2011. In his first year of eligibility for state cup in 2014, he attended the tournament but was not necessarily a standout performer. As one might expect from a person with his work ethic, he made up his mind to do whatever he could to become a stronger referee and in 2015 was one of the stand-out performers among the younger referees at the tournament. As such, he was invited to participate in the Western New York academy this last summer where he performed well and grew quite a bit as a referee. When a couple of referees became unable to attend last year’s ODP and Region 1 Championships, Alex was one of the first to be invited to take their place. Unfortunately he was unable to go to either tournament due to prior commitments. Alex… reserve the dates this year! I’m sure NYSEG will understand…

That same letter of recommendation also stated “Alex is a go-getter. He doesn’t sit back and follow others. If he is half as good of a referee as he is a human being, I am certain he is very deserving of this award.”

We agree.

What comes to your mind when I say the word “dedicated?”

Picture a young lady sitting at a cafeteria table on the first night of the 2015 Region 1 Championships having eaten her dinner, waiting for the referee meeting to begin looking intently at her phone.

If you asked her what she was watching, she would reply, “I’m streaming my high school graduation ceremony which is happening right now.” That’s right, Amy Shmoys is so dedicated to our sport, that she gave up going to her graduation ceremony to attend Regionals as a referee.

This was no minor act of sacrifice either… she graduated from Ithaca High School with a 4.0 unweighted GPA, was a member of the National Honor Society and Key Club, tutored younger students in math and science and was a team leader for the high school robotics team having led the development and construction of the wing assembly for the robot built by the group. In addition to her academics, she was also the 4-year starting goalkeeper for the Ithaca High School soccer team and was co-captain of that team in her senior year. She was also a Southern Tier Athletic Conference All Star for 3 years and won the Ithaca High School Coaches Award in her junior year. In addition to high school soccer she also played for the Syracuse Development Academy Girls Premier Soccer team for 4 years. She currently attends Swarthmore College where she is a goalkeeper for the varsity women’s soccer team.

She also has a very artistic side to her. She plays French horn and was the first chair French horn for the Area All-State band, the all-county band as well as her high school orchestra; an organization for which she also served as Treasurer and historian. She also instructed French horn to middle school students while she was in high school. She has also taken quite an interest in media.

She volunteered for the Ithaca Sciencenter as a demonstrator and was a counselor for the Cayuga Nature Center Summer Camps. Amy’s concern for others was demonstrated when she helped organize a breast cancer awareness game after the mother of a teammate died from breast cancer.

She is always striving to be a better referee and player. She doesn’t even remember a time when she wasn’t playing at some level and has taken every possible opportunity to become better as a referee attending state cup twice and the Western NY Academy once. In a referee meeting, you will always know which one she is as she is always the one that answers and asks the most probing questions. She mentors younger referees teaching them that being a referee can be fun and not as stressful as it might seem at first. She also coaches goalkeepers on younger teams for the Ithaca Youth Soccer Club.