Meet 8-year-old Kylie Ansaldi, Nashua PAL’s Cheerleader of the Year and 3rd grader at Birch Hill Elementary School! Kylie's journey into cheerleading has been nothing short of inspiring.
Coach Jen Murray had this to say about Kylie: "Kylie may be tiny…but she sure is mighty and fierce. In the short time I have coached her, she has grown tremendously as an athlete. She picks up on new skills very quickly and is a great role model to her peers. Kylie is an athlete every coach dreams of having on their team. She is always putting in her best effort and she truly shines on the competition floor."
In 2022, Kylie faced several firsts. She transitioned to public school in March and discovered her passion for cheerleading in the fall. Despite being homeschooled in a different way, Kylie worked hard to catch up and has shown incredible progress in a short span. Kylie is dedicated to being a key part of the team. When the coach asked if anyone could perform a back walkover to earn more points for the team during their competition routine, Kylie, who had never done one before, practiced relentlessly. Kylie's compassion extends to her teammates as well. When one teammate had difficulty learning cheers, Kylie took it upon herself to help her every day after school. She also stood up for her coach when needed, reminding her teammates that their behavior affects the entire team. Kylie was chosen to perform with Nashua PAL Force cheerleaders from all divisions at Recycled Percussion’s New Year’s Eve show, and she stepped in to learn new skills in the routine.
Kylie’s mom says that cheerleading has had a profound impact on Kylie. Despite facing several challenges in her life, Kylie found her place in the cheer squad and is determined to help others feel welcomed too. She received recognition from her school principal for helping 5 exchange students who spoke little to no English feel included. When asked how she interacts with them knowing they don't understand her language yet, Kylie said, "I taught them how to do cheers, you don't need language for that!"
Outside of cheer, Kylie enjoys crafting, camping, attending concerts, playing with her cousins and her dog Odin, and actively participating in environmental cleanup efforts. Kylie has also taken up tumbling classes, and wants everyone to know that she is determined to master the back handspring for her Papa. Her boundless energy and kindness make her an inspiration to all. Congratulations to Kylie on being our Cheerleader of the Year!
- 2022 - Liz Forcier
- 2021 - Kylee Flynn
- 2019 - Ashley Oliver
- 2018 - Adrianna Milano
- 2017 - Emily Wall
- 2016 - Alyiah Brown
- 2015 - Paige Brooks
- 2014 - Hannah Anderson
- 2013 - Kelsi Cora
- 2012 - Lauren Grabeau
- 2011 - Elisabeth Carroll
Isaac Bernard, a 12-year-old and 7th grader at Elm Street Middle School, is Nashua PAL’s Football Player of the Year! Isaac is a force to be reckoned with on the field and his journey in football has been nothing short of inspiring.
Isaac plays as Center #42, and his dedication to the game is unwavering. He started as a Left Guard but has seamlessly transitioned into his current role. What truly sets Isaac apart is his tenacity and team spirit. No matter the challenges he has faced on the football field, he has never given up. Coach Ben Desfosses had this to say about Isaac: "Isaac Bernard is selected as PAL athlete of the year mainly for two reasons. He is the definition of a football player and a teammate, and as he has grown as a football player, he has surmounted great odds." Isaac's determination was evident early on when he pushed through chronic ankle problems during a demanding summer football camp. Even when he suffered a broken leg, he showed incredible resilience by committing to his rehabilitation and returning to support his team in the playoffs.
Coach Desfosses goes on to say, “Isaac continues to be the hardest worker on the team. He overcomes his challenges through strength and conditioning.” Isaac's dedication extends beyond his own challenges. He has become a veteran and mentor on the team, actively guiding new kids through their football journeys. He has a heart of gold and always encourages the new kids that they too can overcome obstacles.
Outside of football, Isaac is a young entrepreneur with a knack for staying busy. Whether it's riding his bike with friends, diving into computer games, or brainstorming ways to make money, he's always eager to take on new challenges. He recently embarked on a freeze-dry candy business with his mom, showcasing his strong work ethic and creative spirit.
Isaac's heart of gold, determination, and dedication to his team make him an outstanding Football Player of the Year. Congratulations to Isaac on this well-deserved honor!
- 2022 - Josiah Spleen
- 2021 - Jack Krulikowski
- 2019 - Bryson Borromeo
- 2018 - Reagan Brunet
- 2017 - Max Ackerman
- 2016 - Robbie Long
- 2015 - Austin Ouellette
- 2014 - Matt Hallahan
- 2013 - Nevan Roy
- 2012 - Greg Stanton
- 2011 - Alex White
Meet 15-year-old Fatima Garcia, Nashua PAL’s Jr. PAL of the Year! Fatima, a sophomore at Nashua South High School, has a bright spirit and caring nature for her community. Fatima's journey with PAL began at a very young age. At 2 years old, she and her mom would walk her sisters, Perla and Jenny, to PAL. As a strong young leader at PAL, Fatima has been actively involved in mentoring younger members, organizing community events, and advocating for positive change.
One of Fatima's most admirable qualities is her unwavering commitment to being there for others. Even in the midst of her busy schedule, she takes the time to drop by to check in with her mentors and is always ready to offer assistance. Jaela Solis, Nashua PAL’s Youth Safe Haven Program Coordinator and mentor, says, “Fatima has such a great sense of humor and huge heart! The way she cares about her family and the kids in the neighborhood is inspiring. Fatima always checks to see who needs to be walked home, or if someone is upset she will find out why and how she can help. Fatima never wants anyone else to be sad or hurt, even when she’s dealing with her own challenges.”
Fatima finds immense joy in being with people and actively participating in activities that enhance their lives and uplift the community. She has done an outstanding job advocating and sharing her positive PAL experiences with the community, earning their trust in her words through her actions. Jaela said, “I’m proud of the young leader Fatima is becoming!”
Looking ahead, Fatima has dreams of becoming a flight attendant or pursuing a career in food technology, a field she is currently learning about in school. Fatima fully engages in each day, embracing the moments with enthusiasm and a heartwarming smile. Congratulations to Fatima for being named Jr. PAL of the Year!
- 2022 - Kane Kyer
- 2021 - Junely Grullon
- 2019 - Yahir Alvarado
- 2018 - Adriana Flores
- 2017 - Marilyn Guijarro
- 2016 - Junely Grullon
- 2015 & 2014 - Alejandra Ibarra
- 2013 - Seth Moore
- 2012 - Andrew Nunes
Evan Jean, a 13-year-old dynamo at Fairgrounds Middle School, is Nashua PAL’s Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year! Evan is a remarkable young man and an exceptional runner. He embodies the quintessential athlete that every coach dreams of having on their team. Evan not only shows up at every practice, but always listens attentively and works diligently. When it comes to competition, Evan arrives fully prepared, ready to give his absolute best.
Evan and his teammate, Adam, were PAL’s number 2 and 3 runners respectively. Coach Washington and Coach Daniels believed that by pushing each other to their limits, both Evan and Adam could reach new heights, and they did not disappoint. Evan's performance at the Association race, where he secured 12th place, was an impressive start. He followed this with an even better showing at the Regionals, clinching the 14th position. Evan's outstanding performance at Nationals, where he ranked in the top 13% among 382 runners, significantly contributed to the 11-12 Boys' team's 8th place finish out of 33 teams.
Beyond his athletic achievements, Evan proved to be an integral part of a tight-knit group of boys. Although he may have appeared quiet around the coaches, he was a friendly and engaging presence among his teammates. Surprisingly, at Nationals, we discovered Evan's talents extended beyond running—he is also an accomplished musician. He was able to balance school, music, and running at very high levels.
For his remarkable contributions to his team, dedication to the sport, and remarkable spirit, Evan is very deserving of the PAL Cross Country Male Runner of the Year award. Congratulations, Evan!
- 2022 - Ethan Fischer
- 2021 - Matt Giardina
- 2019 - Matthew Morris
- 2018 - Paul Balletto
- 2017 - Garrett Earley
- 2016 -Carson Bottomley
- 2015 - Forest MacKenzie
- 2014 - Aiden van Batenburg
- 2013 - Noah Bellomo
- 2012 - Ryan Vermette
- 2011 - Ethan Michaud
Jayden Maldonado, a recent 2023 graduate of Nashua High South, is Nashua PAL’s Boxer of the Year! At 18 years old, Jayden’s dedication to the sport and impressive achievements have made him a standout in the boxing community.
In a remarkable display of talent and heart, Jayden participated in a charity fight night event in Andover, MA, where this young man not only showcased his skills but also won his fight. His performance was so exceptional that he was honored with the title of "Boxer of the Night." Jayden also competed in the King of the Ring, a challenging 5-day tournament hosted at the Boys & Girls Club in Lynn, MA. Jayden's determination and skill in the ring paid off, as he emerged as the tournament champion. He also earned outstanding boxer in his division!
Beyond his accomplishments, Jayden is a role model at the PAL boxing gym. Nashua PAL boxing Coach Muhammad Brooks said, “This young man is a strong leader at the PAL boxing gym. All of the young kids look up to him, and he leads by example. I’m so proud of Jayden – the sky is the limit for this young man!” Jayden is a two-time winner of Nashua PAL’s Boxer of the Year award – 2021 and now 2023. His commitment to the sport and his ability to motivate and guide others are qualities that set him apart.
Jayden's dedication to boxing, his leadership, and his impressive victories make him a deserving recipient of the PAL Boxer of the Year award. Congratulations to Jayden on this well-earned recognition!
- 2022 - Christian Moura
- 2021 - Jayden Maldonado
- 2019 - Jesse Batanda
- 2018 - Mike Fontanez
- 2017 - Joe Valdez
- 2016 - Marco Uribe
- 2015 - Keegan Murphy
- 2014 - Matt Fontanez
- 2013 - Bryce Landry
- 2012 - Ronny Angeles
- 2011 - Brian Allen
Rosalie Neveu, a 14-year-old freshman at Nashua North High School and promising young athlete, is Nashua PAL’s Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year. Rosie's remarkable accomplishments in the world of cross country running are worth celebrating!
Rosie's journey with PAL began when she was just 10 years old, and it's been nothing short of impressive. She has displayed exceptional talent and earned a spot at the nationals year after year. Rosie placed 14th overall in the New England Association; 22nd overall in the Region 1 Championship race; and an impressive 114th in the country at the USATF Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships!
Beyond her individual achievements, Rosie embodies the true spirit of a team player. She infuses her teammates with positivity and joy, creating an environment of camaraderie and encouragement at both practices and competitions. Rosie can always be found at the finish line cheering on her teammates of all ages.
Coach Hathaway recognizes Rosie's for her consistent growth as a runner and teammate. She notes, “Rosie is constantly striving to improve herself and achieve her goals. I am excited to see her move to the next level as she tackles the 5k in high school this year.”
Rosalie Neveu is undeniably a rising star in cross country running. Her dedication, teamwork, and commitment to self-improvement make her a role model for fellow athletes. Congratulations, Rosie, on your well-deserved recognition and best wishes for your upcoming high school journey!
- 2022 & 2021 - Laura White
- 2019 - Lauren Long
- 2018 - Jhanelle Thomas
- 2017 - Cali Coffin
- 2016 - Shannon Earley
- 2015 - Grace Jones
- 2014 & 2013 - Lauren Robinson
- 2012 - Tylee Thurber
- 2011 - Olivia Koutsos
Nadia Calden is Nashua PAL’s Coach of the Year! Nadia is a coach, a mother, a role model, and a guiding light for the young athletes in Nashua PAL Cheer.
Nadia's coaching journey with Nashua PAL began in 2018, and since then, she's been an integral part of the PAL coaching team. Nadia has coached every season of Nashua PAL Force cheer since 2018 AND every season of Nashua PAL’s K9 Winter Cheer since 2019! In 2022, she coached and assisted with Force’s D14 White and D8 teams, along with offering her support wherever it was needed. This year, she's working with the D10 team, a fantastic group of athletes who are fortunate to have her as their coach.
When asked why she coaches, Nadia couldn’t identify one singular reason… Instead, she listed tons of reasons! “Keeping our athletes busy and active is just part of it. Watching them build friendships and confidence levels; seeing them so happy when they perform; knowing the bonds they create will stay with them… it’s so rewarding!” Nadia is dedicated to building confident individuals who are ready to take on the world.
In the words of Spirit Director Bailey Stevens, "Nadia is a helping hand amongst all NPF teams, to which she stepped into a head coaching position last year without hesitation. She is driven to give these athletes a safe, positive space to share their love for cheerleading. Nadia exemplifies leadership and embodies the heart behind coaching. I am proud to nominate Nadia for Coach of the Year."
Nadia and her husband, Sean, have four wonderful children, each of whom has been part of the PAL family at some point. Her kids, Mekhi (18), Natalya (13), Amaya (10), and Seriya (6), have experienced both cheerleading and football at PAL. Outside of coaching, Nadia enjoys reading and coloring, hobbies she shares with her children. She also loves spending time outdoors, embracing the beauty of nature.
Nadia grew up in Cambridge, MA, where she graduated from Cambridge Ringe and Latin High School. Currently employed at NHOMS, she's also pursuing her real estate license, showcasing her drive and commitment to personal growth.
Nadia's commitment, enthusiasm, and unwavering support make her a well-deserving recipient of Nashua PAL’s Coach of the Year award. Congratulations, Nadia, on this recognition!
- 2022 - Mike Dunhom, Cross Country
- 2021 - Ben Desfosses, Football
- 2019 - Judy Biore, Cross Country
- 2018 - Jeff Kreick, Basketball
- 2017 - Mohammed Brooks, Boxing
- 2016 - Sergi Filonow, Football
- 2015 - Eric Fowler, Football
- 2014 - Tom Cassetty, Cross Country
- 2013 - Maureen MacKay, Cheerleading
- 2012 - Karen Long, Cross Country & Brendan Keegan, Football
- 2011—Frank Chimento, Boxing
Nashua PAL is proud to recognize Officer Kevin Pucillo as PAL of the Year for his positive impact on PAL youth and the Nashua community! Officer Pucillo, or “Puc” as we all call him, has been a Police Officer for 20 years. He joined the Nashua PD in November 2010 and serves a Nashua Police Community Policing Officer and the grant writer. In 2023, Officer Pucillo was recognized nationally for his community impact as he was named National PAL’s Law Enforcement Officer of the Year!
Pucillo says that his role at the PD allows him the opportunity to make a direct impact on the community and that he loves working together towards a goal to keep our neighborhoods safe. When Pucillo was asked what he thinks makes him a good officer, he said that it was important for him to go into situations without prejudgment and to treat people with respect. Officer Pucillo’s smiling face and warm demeanor truly contribute to creating connections with PAL youth/families and the Nashua PD.
Pucillo is always present at PAL events – from Cone with a Cop to Tactical Christmas – and often drops by for a visit to the PAL Youth Safe Haven afterschool/summer program. He even gave up his weekend to chaperone Nashua PAL’s first overnight camping program this past summer! When asked what his favorite part about PAL was, Officer Pucillo spoke clearly about how connected he was to the mission of PAL: “I enjoy working and having fun with the kids. It’s an honor to be able to give them a positive experience with the police, especially in today’s climate. I love to see them have fun and know that we’re here to help them.”
Nashua Police Department’s PAL Officer, Ben Stusse, says that Pucillo is THE Nashua Police Department representative that Nashua PAL can always count on to show up and really engage with youth and community members. PAL Officer Stusse said, “I can always count on Puc (Pucillo) to give his time and enthusiasm to the PAL kids and the community. His actions always align with PAL’s mission of connecting cops and kids in positive activities throughout the city, and we are lucky to have him in the Nashua PD.”
Pucillo’s commitment to the Nashua community is also evident in how involved he is in many different committees. Pucillo not only serves on the Nashua PAL Board, but also serves as the President of the Nashua Police Patrolman’s Association, and on the Executive Board of the Nashua Police Department Relief Association; along with being a member of the City of Nashua’s Opiate Abatement Committee and Nashua Lion’s Club. In his personal life, Officer Pucillo proudly boasts that he and his wife, Kerry, are celebrating their 25th anniversary this October. The Pucillo’s have 2 children, Emma and Kyle, and 2 dogs, Finnick and Julian. Pucillo loves traveling, spending time with family and friends, running, and walking his dogs. Pucillo is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell with his BA in Criminal Justice (1995) and served in the United States Army National Guard (MA) from 1989 to 1995 (Corporal, B Company 182nd Infantry).
On behalf of all Nashua PAL staff, volunteers, and youth, we want to express our gratitude for Officer Pucillo’s service and commitment to the Nashua community! Congratulations on being named PAL of the Year, Officer Pucillo!
- 2022 - Don McCarty
- 2021 - Lt. Carlos Camacho, PAL YSH
- 2019 - Gwen Krailo, PAL Board
- 2018 - Pastor Dave Smith, PAL YSH
- 2017 - Kalin Hamilton, PAL Force
- 2016 - Laurie Galbo, PAL YSH
- 2015 - Stacey Geesey, PAL YSH
- 2014 - Nick Dahl, Athletic Director & Board Member
- 2013 - Jessica Coughlin, PAL YSH & Brad Kreick, Corporate Partner
- 2012 - Kevin McIntyre, Cross Country
- 2011 - Ken Hamill, PAL Golf Classic
92.5 the River & Steve Friedman
Broad Street Planning
Jim & Kim Bernard
Kalin & Brion Carroll
Mr. & Mrs. James Conway
Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union
Doug & Kay Monchamp
Nashua Community College
Northeast Delta Dental
Service Credit Union
Shamera Simpson & Jim Ross
Shaun & Laura Nelson
St. Joseph's Hospital
St. Mary's Bank
VFW Nashua Post 483