Awards event recognizes seniors and top student-athletes
Lacrosse and volleyball star Sophia Antezana ’20 and track and cross country runner Wesley Cusack ’19 were named Ransom Everglades’ 2019 Overall Outstanding Athletes at the school’s end-of-year awards ceremony at the Lewis Family Auditorium on May 20, highlighting an evening that recognized more than a dozen varsity-sport award winners, senior student-athletes and those continuing their athletic careers in college. Photo Gallery
Head of School Penny Townsend welcomed, thanked and congratulated the students, coaches and parents in attendance, and Director of Athletics and Physical Education Corey Goff emceed the 2019 Varsity Athletics Awards, Senior Recognition and College Commitments event. He lauded athletes for their dedication, and reminded them of the various skills – from time management to resilience to teamwork – that they have honed on RE’s playing fields, tracks, gyms and pools.
Antezana and Cusack and the other award winners were introduced by RE coaches and summoned to the stage to receive their plaques. Goff introduced each senior who has committed to play sports in college. All of RE’s senior-athletes in attendance were called to the stage at the conclusion of the night for a senior photo.
Four athletes – rowers Will Mathes ’19 and Andres Segrera ’19, water polo goalie Claudia Pinilla ’20 and golfer Jake Beber-Frankel ’20 – claimed Athletic Performance Awards. Lacrosse player Calliste Skouras ’19 and soccer player Danny Mendoza ’21 earned Scholar Athlete Awards.
Three-sport athlete Preston Edmunds ’20 won the Penny Matthews Award and lacrosse player Jake Schwartz ’19 won the Mike Stokes Award, each presented in honor of legendary and longtime faculty members who also are members of the RE Athletic Hall of Fame as coaches.
The state champion girls’ water polo team earned the Team of the Year award, and girls’ and boys’ water polo coach Eric Lefebvre was named Coach of the Year. Softball player Abby Sekoff ’20 and football and lacrosse player Greg Estime ’19 each won Sportsmanship Awards; and football player Thomas Schein ’21 was named Comeback Player of the Year. Basketball player Ben Thorpe ’20 won the Claude Grubair REACH Service Award.
The following athletes were recognized for their college commitments: Daniela Zaidenberg ’19 will compete in pole vault for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Eldon Spencer ’19 will golf at Carleton; Anderson Murphy ’19 will golf at Carleton; Maia Mora ’19 will row for the University of Pennsylvania; Julia Johansson ’19 will compete in sailing for Penn; Claire Irigoyen ’19 will run cross country and track for Colorado College; Megan Houchin ’19 will play golf at Tufts; Mike Hannon ’19 will play baseball at Bard College; Skouras will play lacrosse at Harvard; Cusack will compete at Sewanee; Lucas Ferrer ’19 will play football for Tufts; Grant Dill ’19 will play tennis at Swarthmore College; Phil Covil ’19 will play football for Tufts; Ellie Carrera-Justiz ’19 will play volleyball at Lafayette College; Alex Boehm ’19 will play baseball at Carleton.
Founded in 1903, Ransom Everglades School is a coeducational, college preparatory day school for grades 6 - 12 located on two campuses in Coconut Grove, Florida. Ransom Everglades School produces graduates who "believe that they are in the world not so much for what they can get out of it as for what they can put into it." The mission of Ransom Everglades School is to provide an educational environment in which the pursuit of honor, academic excellence and intellectual growth is complemented by concern for the physical, cultural and character development of each student. The school provides rigorous college preparation that promotes the student's sense of identity, community, personal integrity and values for a productive and satisfying life, and prepares the student to lead and to contribute to society.