As the fall trimester came to a close, our teams and activities groups gathered in Shepardson Center to celebrate the season.
Seated by team, they reminisced on their seasons over dinner and settled in to listen to their peers and teams be honored.
Alexei Sotskov, Athletic Director, began the evening giving a short address and then introduced the student-athlete speaker, Miao “Jerry” Lin ’20. Jerry spoke about sportsmanship and his Vermont Academy athletic experience. During his four years, he has participated in cross country, nordic, and golf. He said, “After all, the point I want to tell you is that we all have some good times and some bad times. During those bad ones, you should remember to look ahead. You need to have faith in yourself. There are always people who care about you and help you get through your tough times. And the most crucial point is that you should always try new things. I bet you will find something you have no idea that you love.”
Awards and recognition continued with the following presentations:
Most Improved Rider: Lexi Filler ’21
Greatest Contributor: Hannah Sethi ’20
Most Improved Male Rower: Quincy Green ’22
Most Improved Female Rower: HanJun “Ella” Yang ’23
Rowing Leadership Award: Alex Paluszek ’20
Most Improved Male Runner: Huxley Holcombe ’22
Most Improved Female Runner: Susannah Pennell ’23
Angus C. Black Jr. ’41 Award: Cameron Feloney ’20 and Jenna Powers ’22
Presented to the member of the cross country squad who through enthusiasm, diligence, self-sacrifice, and team spirit has made the most outstanding contribution to the success of the Cross Country team.
Most Valuable Rider: Maurice Day ’21
Most Improved Rider: Finn Scott ’22
Boys' Varsity Soccer Most Improved: Shea Buckley ’21
Randall Clair Stevens '83 Award: Andres Barriero Perez ’20
Given to a member of the boys' varsity soccer team who, throughout the season, showed perseverance, dedication, enthusiasm, and above all a total love for the sport, traits that Randall exhibited while a member of the VA Boys’ Varsity Soccer Team.
Ole-Petter Worsøe Award: Charles-Olivier Gagnon ’20
Awarded to the boys' varsity soccer player who through leadership, sportsmanship, and competitiveness has contributed the most to the spirit and success of the team.
Boys' JV Soccer Most Improved: Cody White ’21 and Thor Martin ’23
Girls' Varsity Soccer Most Improved: Hillary Berry ’21
Allison Lanzetta '95 Award: Klára Jandušíková ’20
Recognizes determination, hard work, and unselfish dedication. This award goes to a member of the Girls’ Varsity Soccer team who has contributed most to the success of the team. These contributions are measured by their strong leadership in practice and games, and most importantly, by their positive influence on other members of the team.
Girls’ JV Soccer Most Improved: Eliza Asante ’22
Strength & Conditioning
Most Dedicated: Jessica Sujishi ’22
Most Dedicated: Logan McAllister ’20 and Annie Moore ’21
Wilderness Skills Team
Three Pillars Award: Sarah Annis ’20
To a member of Wilderness Skills who best lived our three pillars: Reflection, Gratitude, and Play
Mr. Alexei Sotskov closed the night by thanking the dining hall staff for all their hard work in feeding the community, athletic trainers Ms. Skylar Snyder and Ms. Nicole Blodgett for their work keeping our athletes strong and healthy, and Mr. Russ Williams for his work lining fields and properly equipping all our teams.
Congratulations to all our award winners!