At the start of the 2017-18 year, the Athletics Department introduced Scholar-Athlete of the Week honors for players with outstanding achievements on the field or court as well as in the classroom. Congratulations to our winners!
September 9-15, 2017: Sarah Scott ’19, Girls’ Varsity Volleyball
Sarah has been very consistent in both games this week with her serving, passing, attacking play, and being in the right spot at all times. Her preparation and hard work in practice helps to motivate the other young players and veteran players. She is a great role model for the team.
Sarah is a resilient and hardworking student who succeeds in the classroom achieving the highest honors, while challenging herself with a rigorous schedule.
September 16-22, 2017: Nicolette Peterson ’19, Girls’ Cross Country
Nicolette in consistently our top female runner. At practice she puts forth a tremendous effort, typically among the group running the most miles. On Wednesday (9/20), she came in first at Wilbraham & Monson Academy, helping the girls team to a 23 to 37 victory. More impressively, Nicolette improved her time from her previous race (finishing in 21:29) while running a much more challenging course.
Nicolette is a maximum honors student who has a rigorous course of study. Her teachers describe her as: “hardworking,” “motivated,” and “conscientious,” and she is remarkably modest given her successes.
September 23-29, 2017: Jola Oke ’18, Boys’ Varsity Soccer
Jola is a leader on the field and always very respectful. He balances school and soccer very well, excelling at both. Jola is the definition of a student athlete and an integral part of our soccer team. His key tackling in one-on-one situations, and his ability to nullify the opponent’s attacking threat, has helped the team to an unbeaten month of September to start the season.
Jola is an outstanding student excelling in all his academic endeavors. Communicative, respectful, hardworking, and very enthusiastic about his studies, Jola takes pride in what he does and challenges himself everyday to become a better scholar.
September 30-October 6, 2017: Jillian Ouimet ’21, Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Jillian has already made great strides in her performances this season. As one of the youngest players coming into a successful team of talented players, she has approached practices and games with nothing short of 100% effort and determination. Her tireless work in the midfield has been a major factor to the team’s unbeaten run this season. She is always looking at ways to improve her game by asking questions and going above expectations.
Jillian has a similar attitude towards her academics. She has high grades across the board in a demanding academic schedule.
October 7-October 13, 2017: Hazim Jaber ’19, Boys’ Varsity Soccer
Hazim has separated himself from the pack as a leader of the Boys’ Varsity soccer team. He scored two goals and had an assist against a tough matchup at Hoosac on Saturday (October 7). This performance earned him the Player of the Game. He kept up this level of performance at Eagle Hill on Wednesday (October 11) with two more assists and a goal. He has the most assists on the team this year and makes everyone around him a better player.
Hazim has been working hard this year in all of his courses and has mostly B+ or higher grades this quarter. He is a conscientious student who submits his homework on time and contributes to class discussions.
October 14-October 20, 2017: Ryleigh Cauley ’19, Girls’ Varsity Soccer
Ryleigh has been a vocal leader of the Girls’ Varsity Soccer team for many years, and as a junior, she has been selected by her teammates as a Captain for the 2017 season. With the team still unbeaten for the season, Ryleigh has led the team to 4 consecutive clean sheets and 6 total for the season.
Ryleigh is doing a great job academically this quarter; she has an A or an A- in every class except for US History. History has always been her Achilles Heel, unfortunately. The journey she has made since arriving at MacDuffie is testament to her hard work and dedication to her studies. She has learned to successfully balance her academics and being a 3-sport athlete at MacDuffie.
October 21-October 27, 2017: Kacey Deecher ’20, Girls’ Varsity Volleyball
During an unbeaten season, and without losing a set, Kacey came up big during the third set against Westover on October 25 with the Mustangs about to lose their 3rd set. When the 3rd game became nervously close, she kept her composure and allowed her skills to take over. She also did a good job trying to relax the girls when tension was high. Her leadership got us through a position we have seldom felt this year. Kacey also led the team with the most kills, aces, and the least amount of errors.
Kacey has improved her focus on her studies this year. Her grades have improved as she continues to balance her study time with the large commitment she puts toward her sport.
October 28-November 3, 2017: Ian Hua ’20, Cross Country
Ian Hua ran a tough race at the CISAC championship held at Westover on Saturday, October 28. He ended up coming in at a hard-fought second place. This past Friday (November 3), Ian came in first at the SENE Championship race at St. Andrew’s School with his personal best time of 18:34.