College Athlete Celebration

—Luke Lee ‘20

Although academics take priority for students, athletics are also an important aspect of a St. Mark’s experience. The school has a long tradition of celebrating outstanding athletes, with one of the oldest inductees to the Hall of Fame from the Class of 1885. It is important to honor St. Markers who have made great athletic achievements since sports help students develop a sharper mind and a healthier body. Additionally, positive results in sports’ games bring a lot of joy to the community. There is always a great deal of excitement when teams are doing well.

On Monday May 20th, the College Athletes Celebration was held in the Center, about two weeks away from the Cum Laude Ceremony. Twenty-three members of the Class of 2019 will be playing at the collegiate level next year. These student-athletes represent almost every sport that is offered in St. Marks, with the exception of Tennis, Softball, Golf, and Crew. The fact that the seniors are playing a wide range of sports instead of a few sports in college demonstrates the competitiveness of SM Athletics all around.

In Baseball, we have Ethan Student, who will play for Rochester Institute of Technology and Gunnar Vachris, who will play for Rhodes College. Grant Gattuso and Rwick Sarkar will both run Cross Country for Williams College. Faith Jennings will play Field Hockey for Bowdoin College and Lindsay Strong will play for Wellesley College. We have five athletes who will play Football in college. Alex Batista will play for Muhlenberg College, Patrick Dei will play for Colby College, Tyler (Ty) Gonsalves will also play for Colby, C.J. Schumaker will play for Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and Ben Winters will play for Franklin & Marshall College.

For Ice Hockey, arguably the most beloved sport in St. Mark’s, we have Alex Cardonick playing for Williams and Julianna Gong playing for Hobart and William Smith College. In Lacrosse Boyd Hall will play for Quinnipiac University, and Bailey Horne will play for University of North Carolina. For Soccer, we have Zoe Maddox, who will play for Holy Cross, Teressa Meyer, who will play for Franklin & Marshall College, Keerie Verbeek, who will play for Colby, and Luca Vicinelli who will play for Denison University. We have two athletes playing two sports, Soccer and Lacrosse. Caroline Dawson will play for Hamilton College and Shelby Howard will play for Bates College. Last but not least, Edwardo Perez will play squash in Bowdoin College and Kareem Chambers will join the wrestling program at Johns Hopkins University.

Wish the best of luck to all of the athletes heading to different colleges next year! And thanks to every one of them for their contributions to our school’s athletic program.

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