May is sports banquet time! It’s that time of the year that we recognize the accomplishments of our student-athletes from the years’ sports seasons. It’s exciting and rewarding to our students to be recognized by their coaches and the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA). Some of the players look forward to the coaches’ speeches and others just enjoy the slideshow of all of the sports photos. I take a lot of pride in compiling each students’ records and their accomplishments. I like to make sure that 20 years from now, someone looks up a name of one of our student-athletes and is able to match their accomplishments with the person.
This was a record breaking year for the Academy, which saw the addition of our new basketball league, the Midstate Athletic Conference (MAC). Josh G. ’15 and Jini G. ’15, respectively, became the school’s 8th and 10th all-time leading scorers on the Varsity Boys’ Basketball team. This accomplishment is something to be very proud of and these two players worked very hard since their freshman year to achieve this goal. To be top 10 in the record books takes hard work and I’m so proud of Josh and Jini.
I loved records as a young person and I like to challenge our athletes to reach for their goals. A 6th grade student told me that he wants to be in the Academy’s Athletics Hall of Fame someday. To me, this gives a young person hope and the desire to achieve greatness. At the Upper School Sports Banquet last night, we awarded trophies for Most Valuable Player, Most Improved Player, and Future Star Awards. In addition, we recognized the Male and Female PIAA Sportsmanship Award and the Academic Excellence Award. Honoring our student-athletes brings a sense of pride and accomplishment to our school, and while players don’t play for recognition alone, athletes like to receive trophies, medals, plaques, and ribbons. Maybe it starts in childhood, but every sporting event awards a piece of hardware to the winner and every athlete is happy to clear another space on the shelf to display the trophy.