In a special athletic award ceremony at the end of the school year, Country School students who competed on interscholastic athletic teams were honored for their hard work, dedication, and accomplishments.
As has become school tradition, the vast majority of middle school students participated on at least one team this year, competing in the Connecticut Independent School Athletic League. Athletic Director Chris Wallack said this year's crop of athletes lived up to all of his expectations.
"The Country School fielded 15 teams this school year, many with outstanding won/lost records," he said. "But most evident on so many occasions was the combination of teamwork, sportsmanship, and graciousness that continues to be the cornerstone of the athletic program."
The following students received special recognition as Connecticut Independent School Athletic League All League players:
Baseball-8th-graders Cashen Keeler (Madison), Patrick O'Leary (Killingworth), and Miles Michaud (Madison).
Softball-6th-grader Isabel Dodds (Clinton) and 8th-graders Madie Leidt (Killingworth) and Emma Cowper (Killingworth).
Boys' lacrosse-8th-graders Henry Hunt (Lyme), Wesley Cooper (Guilford), Matt Murchison (Guilford); and 7th-grader Roald Osborne (Essex).
Girls' lacrosse-5th-graders Caitlin Jorgensen (Madison), Grace McGuirk (Madison), and Hope Worcester (Lyme); 6th-graders Gaby Salgar (Essex) and Chase Ginsberg (Killingworth); and 8th-graders Madie Leidt (Killingworth), Honor Clements (Lyme), Morgan Malloch (Madison), and Gwen Wheeler (Madison).
Co-ed tennis-7th-graders Paul Stelben (Guilford), Andrew Epprecht (Madison), Sydney Carlo (Madison), and Alexandra Hubbard-Gourlay (Lyme).
Boys' basketball-8th-graders Charlie Zane (Guilford), Patrick O'Leary (Killingworth), Ryan Handelman (Madison), and Matt Murchison (Guilford).
Girls' basketball-6th-grader Gaby Salkin (Essex) and 8th-graders Honor Clements (Lyme), Madie Leidt (Killingworth), and Emily Ballard (Lyme).
Co-ed cross country-7th-grader Jake Jorgensen (Madison); 5th-grader Caitlin Jorgensen (Madison); and 6th-grader Sarah Platt (Madison).
Boys' soccer-7th-graders Jake Jorgensen (Madison), Ryan Kish (Guilford), and Andrew Epprecht (Madison); and 8th-graders Patrick O'Leary (Killingworth), Henry Hunt (Lyme), Noah Bavolack (Ivoryton), and Cashen Keeler (Madison).
Girls' soccer-6th-grader Sarah Platt (Madison) and 8th-graders Honor Clements (Lyme), Madie Leidt (Killingworth), Maria Boyle (Madison), Katelin Gochberg (Killingworth), Emily Ballard (Lyme), Jillian Haversat (Guilford), and Ashley Luchini (Branford).
In addition, assistant swimming coach Alexandra Wagner of Madison, a member of the TCS Class of 2011, presented two awards to TCS swimmers. Nina Hastings, a 6th-grader from Madison, won the team MVP Award, and 6th-grader Christopher Arrandale from Madison received the Most Improved Award. Information courtesy of Liz Lightfoot