Four Eagles Named Student Athletes of the Month for April, May 2019

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Please join us in congratulating senior Peter Rodenberg, Freshman Nicole Zani, Sophomore Carly Bruck, and 7th grader Ryan Kailian, who were added to WCA’s Spring “Student-Athletes of the Month.” for April and May, our final student-athlete picks for the year! These student-athletes were recognized not only for their dedication to their sports but due to their well-rounded extra-curricular activities and academic success.

RYAN KAILIAN

This was Ryan’s first year on the WCA Golf Team but he has had a few years of private lessons prior that have really paid off. Coach Scott stated that Ryan has a beautiful natural swing that looks effortless! As just a 7th grader, Ryan is talented and skilled enough to play at the Varsity level and Coach Scott is very excited to add him to that roster next year as an 8th grader.

Each student-athlete was asked to respond to a series of questions about the winter sports season, their faith walk and how it influences their actions on the pool deck and in the pool! Let’s see what Ryan has to share…

Q. What was your favorite moment or highlight of the season?
A. I hit a ball out of the water! I didn’t know if it would go anywhere but it landed on the green!

Q. What do you like best about your particular sport(s)?
A. I like being part of a team and hanging with all of my teammates.

Q. What do you think it takes to be a successful student-athlete?
A. Hard work!!

Q. How do you feel that you best contribute to the team?
A. I help out whenever I can and try to be a good teammate.

Q. When did you first start playing this particular sport(s)?
A. When I was 10 years old

Q. In what other activities do you participate both at school and outside of school?
A. Basketball, swim, and golf at school and outside of school at different times in the year. I also play lacrosse outside of school and I just started scuba diving.

Q. How do you best balance your academics with your extracurricular activities/sports?
A. I try to get ahead on school work over the weekend to help manage my week.

Q. How does your faith walk help you to have a firm foundation when you are engaging in athletic activities?
A. I try my best to just trust in God.

Q. What skills have you learned from sports that will be most helpful to you in your overall life skills?
A. Hard work and discipline

Q. What other athletic endeavors would you like to participate in during the remainder of the school year (either inside or outside of school)?
A. Since school is almost over, I’m going to work on conditioning through the summer to prepare for the next sports year.

NICOLE ZANI

According to Coach Shannon, it is absolutely thrilling to watch Nicole play on the field! She gives 100% every time. In fact, I don’t think it’s possible for her to give any less. She is just wired that way. She is her hardest critic because she wants to master whatever she does. Her drive and determination is what has made her successful in every sport she tries. She’s fearless, respectful, and is willing to do anything to help her team succeed. Nicole was an asset to this team on the offensive front because of her speed, ball handling skills, and willingness to go for everything. But her greatest victory this season was her growth in her mental game despite the personal attacks that were thrown at her. She was able to “keep her head in the game” and exemplify what it means to be a team player and glorify God on and off the field.

Here are Nicole’s answers to our ‘Ten Questions’:

Q. What was your favorite moment or highlight of the season?
A. My favorite moment of the season was the bus ride to and from the games. I loved the energy and excitement of my teammates.

Q. What do you like best about your particular sport(s)?
A. What I like about soccer and sports, in general, is being competitive and the great feeling of working hard and succeeding in the end.

Q. What do you think it takes to be a successful student-athlete?
A. I think it takes hard work and dedication to be a successful student-athlete.

Q. How do you feel that you best contribute to the team?
A. I feel that my speed and my passion to work my hardest best contribute to my team.

Q. When did you first start playing this particular sport(s)?
A. I started participating in soccer when I was around 5 years old.

Q. In what other activities do you participate both at school and outside of school?
A. Some other activities that I participate in outside of school are sand soccer and indoor soccer, indoor and outdoor field hockey, and basketball.

Q. How do you best balance your academics with your extracurricular activities/sports?
A. I balance my academics with my sports by using my time in study hall to finish work and by planning out what assignments need to be finished first.

Q. How does your faith walk help you to have a firm foundation when you are engaging in athletic activities?
A. My faith walk helps me to have a firm foundation by teaching me to have good sportsmanship towards the opposing team and my own team.

Q. What scripture verse most inspires you to be the best athlete you can be?
A. Hebrews 12: 11-3: No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. Make level paths for your feet so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.

Q. What skills have you learned from sports that will be most helpful to you in your overall life skills?
A. Some skills that I have learned from sports that will be most helpful to me in my overall life are to never quit, learn from my mistakes, always have a positive attitude, put your best foot forward, and give your absolute best in everything you do.

Q. What other athletic endeavors would you like to participate in during the remainder of the school year (either inside or outside of school)?
A. Another athletic endeavor I would like to participate in before the end of the school year is sand soccer.

Q. What other interesting facts should we know about you?
Q. Some other activities that I enjoy besides sports are going to the beach and riding roller coasters at amusement parks.

CARLY BRUCK

student-athleteAccording to Coach Scott, Carly, being a first-year golfer to the WCA team, has made tremendous progress in a sport that is not only extremely difficult but equally frustrating. In just her third match, Carly was able to get a “birdie” on a par 3 that had the other coaches asking, “Who is this kid?” Coach Scott stated that Carly has a ton of potential in golf amongst all the other sports that she does (i.e., soccer, basketball, volleyball). If she can find the time to continue practicing golf, Coach knows she will be a very good high school golfer! Carly was a student-athlete this year that tackled 2 sports in one season between her golf schedule and the Coed Soccer team.

Here are Carly’s responses to our slate of Questions!

Q. What was your favorite moment or highlight of the season?
A. My favorite memory of the season was scoring a “birdie” in one of our golf matches.

Q. What do you like best about your particular sport(s)?
A. In golf, I enjoy meeting new people on the different teams. Golf helps me learn how to become more focused and have better patience. In Coed Soccer, I was able to play against boys who play differently, which allows me to become a better player.

Q. What do you think it takes to be a successful student-athlete?
A. To be a successful student-athlete, you must know how to manage your time and prioritize the most important things. Balancing your homework, practices, and your social life can be difficult but all worth it.

Q. How do you feel that you best contribute to the team?
A. I best contribute to the team by being committed and attending all of the practices.

Q. When did you first start playing this particular sport(s)?
A. I’ve been playing soccer since I was 4 and this is my first year at playing golf.

Q. In what other activities do you participate both at school and outside of school?
A. I play soccer for Legacy Club Team and I coach for the under 6 age group. At school, I also play Volleyball and Basketball.

Q. How do you best balance your academics with your extracurricular activities/sports?
A. I balance my academics and sports by managing my time wisely.

Q. How does your faith walk help you to have a firm foundation when you are engaging in athletic activities?
A. My faith walks help me to play my hardest for the Lord.

Q. What scripture verse most inspires you to be the best athlete you can be?
A. Hebrews 12: 11-13- No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of
righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.

Q. What skills have you learned from sports that will be most helpful to you in your overall life skills?
A. Sports have taught me to work hard, be disciplined, and get along with others.

PETER RODENBERG

Here is what Coach Shannon had to share about this student-athlete: As a captain, Peter was the perfect pick for the job. His skill on the field earned him the respect of his teammates, but it’s his attitude that made him stand out as a leader. He’s the kind of player every coach loves to have on the team because of his work ethic, ability to lead by example, and willingness to do whatever is asked of him. Peter never missed a practice and for a team that was lacking in commitment, he proved himself as reliable and dependable.

His God-given personality shines on and off the field with his witty humor, contagious energy, and someone who is just fun to be around. As a coach, I am so proud of the person he is and the direction that God is taking him despite the obstacles that he has had to overcome. He will succeed at whatever he puts his mind to and will thrive in ROTC and beyond. Coach Shannon believes this honor was long overdue and for her as a coach, it was a “no-brainer” to chose him.

Please join us in congratulating these spectacular student-athletes!

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