For the past three days, eight students partook in the National High School Model UN Conference. Once again, Woodstock Academy MUN made history bringing home another delegation award - the Award of Merit. Out of over 210 schools, we finished within the top 10.
Also, please congratulate these individual winners:
Baylee Johns and August Frechette: Award of Merit in the Historical Security Council
Lindsey Taylor: Award of Merit in the Historical Trusteeship Council
Dan Murphy and Ciara Hanlon: Award of Excellence in the Security Council
These six students competed with and outperformed some of the best delegates in the nation and I am immeasurably proud of them. Ethan Warren, Hanna Mueller, and Mikayla Wilk also contributed to the group's outstanding showing, despite not winning individually. Their contributions were critical to the team's award.
On basketball: Woodstock Academy celebrates athletic achievements
By Marc Allard
Posted Dec. 22, 2013 @ 11:02 pm
The way Woodstock Academy athletic director Aaron Patterson looks at it, high school athletics are meant to be fun.
“To honor kids is what we need to be doing,” Patterson said on Friday night. “When they do good things, we want to reward them for their hard work and accomplishments on the court, in the classroom, around the community, as good sportsmen and women.”
Patterson choreographed quite the event on Friday night as Woodstock Academy celebrated not only its boys basketball Class L state championship prior to its game with Ledyard, but also its other recent athletic achievements. With the lights down and spotlights illuminating the gym along with music and taped audio highlights, the ceremony lasted about 30 minutes.
The ECC Large Division girls soccer championship team was brought out as was their championship cheerleading squad and the girls golf team.
The last teams introduced had some special duties.
The boys basketball team, with some of last year’s members joining the current crop, raised its first state championship banner to the rafters.
“It was great,” said senior Chris Lowry. “Mr. Patterson did an excellent job getting so many people here and the atmosphere was incredible. It was great to get all of Woodstock back together and celebrate these championships.”
The girls gymnastics squad also got to raise its Class M state championship banner.
“We have to keep perspective on it. It’s games that teach life lessons and that’s what we’re trying to do,” Patterson said. “We want experiences like this to be lasting memories that they can look back on and say, ‘that was a great night.’ ”
By Marc Allard
Posted Dec. 20, 2013 @ 6:32 pm
Dec 21, 2013 at 2:07 AM
“We believe”: The chant that was heard throughout the Mohegan Sun Arena and the venues that preceded it was generated by a crowd of Woodstock Academy students and supporters that grew exponentially as the boys basketball team neared their seemingly impossible goal. “We believe we can win” was the mantra the Centaurs lived by as they battled through two overtime games in the quarterfinals and semifinals to reach the championship. There, Woodstock captured its first-ever state title in boys basketball with a 52-49 win over top-seeded Trinity Catholic in the Class L state championship game on March 16 at Mohegan.
“Magical”: It was not your typical state championship team that came in with big expectations, but one that bonded together over the course of the season, led by junior point guard Chris Lowry. “I have Chris Lowry and you don’t” was a constant refrain of coach Greg Smith. Lowry was joined by seniors Ian Converse, a nondescript, mostly JV player as a junior; and Sullivan Gardner, who didn’t even play in his junior year. Add to that sharp-shooting guard Tristan Welch and some great chemistry, and you had the makings of a season that Smith could only describe as “magical.”
Back again: The Centaurs enjoyed “lots of free meals,” according to Lowry, after the championship, but the cupboard is not empty as the new season begins. Lowry returns with a new supporting cast including Will Bourgeois, who was forced to sit on the bench with an ACL injury last year; Adam Converse, Ian’s younger brother; and two other holdovers, John McGinn and Trent Peters.
New year: “Who’s not going to come after us this year? We told the kids, everybody who was rooting for you last year wants to see you fail this year because now you’re on top, and everyone wants to see you fall,” Smith said.
— Compiled by Marc Allard