With only a handful of days until graduation and spring sports teams wrapping up the regular season, the reality that college is only a few short months away is beginning to set in for the Class of 2015. For many seniors, their final moments of their athletic careers are upon them. For those seniors playing at the next level, however, this new chapter represents a continual dedication to maximizing their potential and through the encouragement of coaches and teammates.
Proctor’s commitment to developing well rounded students through athletics is exemplified through the words of athletic director and boys’ basketball coach Gregor Makechnie who each year reminds his players they are “Proctor students who play basketball” not “basketball players who are Proctor students”. It is this philosophy that molds leaders both on the field and in the greater community.
The development of young athletes at the junior varsity level is essential to preserving the competitiveness of Proctor’s varsity programs. This emphasis on skill development encourages students to try new activities knowing their dedication and commitment has the potential to equate to varsity minutes in the future. This maturation is exemplified by alum Harris Williams ‘11 who built upon the fundamentals he learned on junior varsity to eventually become team captain and recipient of All-New England Football Honors before going on to star at Boston College. Harris’s story, and those of numerous others, demonstrates Proctor’s commitment to helping students pursue their interests through hard work and determination. This culture of hard work proves invaluable in life and stays with students long after their Proctor careers.
Proctor’s personalized approach to college counseling helps each student find a school that is able to embrace their many interests and to provide a platform for exploration. This same philosophy is foundational for each of Proctor’s student-athletes who desire to play at the collegiate level. As student-athletes evaluate collegiate programs, Proctor’s coaches and college counselors encourage each student to consider the whole school, not just the athletic program, he or she would be joining. It is this process of promoting self-awareness in the college admission process that provides the following members of the Class of 2015 a firm foundation as they embark on their college athletic careers next fall.
Field Hockey- Fallon Adair (Hobart William Smith Colleges)
Football- Warren Albert (Union College)
Football- Nathan Kyeame (Simon Frasier University)
Football- Calvin Johnstone (Bates College )
Football- Andrew Jonash ( Lewis and Clark College)
Football- Carl Liu ( Macalester College)
(W) Basketball- Elemy Colome (James Madison University)
(M) Basketball- Domonique Kelman-Poto (Adelphi University)
(M) Basketball- Mekhi Wright-Hopkins (Suffolk University)
(W) Hockey- Fallon Adair (Hobart William Smith Colleges)
(W) Hockey- Hazel Brewster (Endicott College)
(W) Hockey- Denisa Lalíková (College of St. Scholasica)
(M) Hockey- Connor Fries (New England College)
(M) Hockey- Jack McMahon (University of Denver Club)
Baseball- Alex Sprague (St.Michael’s College)
(M) Lacrosse- Connor Fries (New England College)
(M) Tennis- Patrick Gray (Hobart and William Smith Colleges)