Immaculate High School’s Athletic Hall of Fame will induct David Bonilla, IHS Class of 2000, for his athletic and academic achievements on May 4, 2018 at a special dinner and induction ceremony at the Ethan Allen Hotel in Danbury at 6:30pm. Tickets are available at www.immaculatehs.org/hof.
David was a talented multi-sport student-athlete at Immaculate High School. He participated in cross country, basketball and baseball, was a member of the National Honor Society and held high/distinguished honors throughout all four years of high school. David was a team captain his senior year for all three sports and was Immaculate’s Student Council President as a senior.
While on the varsity cross country team for four years, David was a three time All-SWC and two time All-State recipient. David was a three-year varsity starter in baseball and basketball. In basketball David led his team in assists for three years and in 2000 was named to the All-Patriot division, All-Area Honorable Mention and CHSCA Academic All-State. The IHS baseball team which David was a captain of was runner-up in the Class S State finals. David represented Immaculate on the American Legion Team in 1999.
David went on to graduate from Boston College in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Strategic Operations and Management. He then received an Academic Leadership Scholarship at Suffolk Law School. This award is given to the top five students per division for the first year of law school. He finished in the top 10 percent of his class and was later admitted as an attorney to the Iowa Bar. David is currently the Vice President of Sales for an Iowa manufacturer. He lives with his wife of seven years, Renee Vaillancourt, in Ridgefield, CT with their two children Vivienne and Landon.
The Master of Ceremonies for the 2018 Athletic Hall of Fame is Bart Busterna. Bart is a longtime broadcaster on local radio, having been employed as a Sports Director/Program Director for WLAD since 1980. Bart has received more than 30 broadcast and journalism awards from organizations such the AP and UPI. He was inducted into the WCSU Athletic Hall of Fame and was the football play-by-play announcer for almost three decades. He currently handles online basketball broadcasts for WCSU.
Besides David, the following will also be inducted into the 2018 IHS Hall of Fame:
Coach Francisco "Chico" Barata - Boys Soccer Coach '92-'07
David Bonilla '00 - Cross Country, Basketball & Baseball
Nikki (Weiss) Conte '07 - Soccer & Basketball
Chris Haddad '00 - Basketball & Baseball
1986 State & WCC Championship Ice Hockey Team
Immaculate High School's Athletic Hall of Fame was founded in 1989 and currently has 79 members and two teams. Inductees exemplify the rich tradition of Immaculate High School athletics and represent those who have brought honor and distinction to IHS since the doors opened in 1962. The ceremony will include a special presentation of Immaculate’s first 1,000 point basketball which will be presented to the school by recipient Paul Hiro ‘68. The public is invited to participate in this very special event. Tickets, as well as sponsorship and advertising opportunities, are available until April 27 at www.immaculatehs.org/hof. Contact Denise Suarez, IHS Director of Alumni Relations, at 203-744-1510 ext. 158 for more information.
Immaculate High School is a private, non-profit Catholic college-preparatory institution serving students from 28 communities in Connecticut and New York. Founded in 1962, Immaculate High School allows students to focus on academic excellence, spiritual development, service to others and personal goals. Located in Danbury, CT, Immaculate High School is part of the Diocese of Bridgeport’s parochial school system. For more information, go to www.immaculatehs.org.