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Winter Season Student-Athletes named at Williamsburg Christian Academy

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Please join us in congratulating Joe Dill, Jack Marlowe, Geoffrey Wellons, Faith Witherby, Connor Simmons, Santana Bartlett, Kaitlyn Sullivan, and Ally Rodenberg, who were all honored as WCA’s Winter Season Students-Athletes! These student-athletes were recognized not only for their dedication to their sports but also due to their well-rounded extra-curricular activities and academic success. 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 court or in the pool!

Ally Rodenberg

student athlete rodenberg   Q: What was your favorite moment or highlight of the season?

A: My favorite highlight was the game that I made 26 points.

Q: What do you like best about your particular sport?

A: I love basketball because whenever you are about to start the game you get really excited, and I don’t feel that way with a lot of other sports.

Q: What do you think it takes to be a successful student-athlete?

A: I think if you try your best and dedicate yourself to a sport, you can become a great athlete.

Q: How do you feel you best contribute to the team?

A: I contribute with a positive attitude. If you are not playing in the game, cheer on your team and hype them up.

Q: When did you first start participating in this particular sport?

A: I have been playing basketball since I was in kindergarten, but when I got really into it was when I was in the 4th grade.

Q: In what other activities are you involved?

A: I play soccer outside of school and I play volleyball, basketball, and field hockey at WCA.

Q: How does your faith help you to have a firm foundation when you are engaging in athletics? rodenberg

A: If you have faith and courage in a game, you can most definitely do great.

Q: What skills have you learned from sports that will be most helpful to you in your overall life skills?

A: The skills I have learned are to never be afraid to do something great and never let anyone tell you that you can’t do it because if you put your mind to it, you can do anything.

Q: What is something interesting about yourself that perhaps no one or just a few know?

A: My favorite color is yellow. I love Chinese food. I eat a lot of food!

Q: What is a favorite Bible verse related to your participation in sports?

A: Deuteronomy 31:6 -“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.’’

student athlete sullivanKaitlyn Sullivan

Q: What was your favorite moment or highlight of the season?

A: VISAA states was definitely the highlight of the season for me. Achieving Division II Runner Ups with Lainey, Delaney, and Sisi was an incredible experience. I will never forget the feeling I felt walking up to the podium with the girls, holding our plaque and thinking, “We can fit our ENTIRE state team on ONE podium spot!”

Q: What do you like best about your particular sport?

A: At my core, I’m a competitor. To be able to give my all both mentally and physically into one race in order to win is why I love swimming so much.

Q: What do you think it takes to be a successful student-athlete?

A: To be a successful student-athlete, I believe it takes a little raw talent, more than tons of hard work, and a love for the sport. The greatest athletes work day in and day out, not always enjoying the hard work, but knowing that it is what must be done to succeed at something they love.

Q: How do you feel you best contribute to the team?

A: I feel that I best contribute to the team as a silent leader. I don’t particularly go out of my way to be in charge, but I do my best to maintain a positive attitude and encourage others to work hard so they can be the best they can be.

Q: When did you first start participating in this particular sport?

A: I began swimming when I was 6 years old for my summer swim team, Stonehouse Splash.

Q: In what other activities are you involved?

A: Other than swimming, I enjoy playing the violin and caring for my environment as president of Eco Club.

Q: How does your faith help you to have a firm foundation when you are engaging in athletics?

A: My faith gives me confidence before my races and picks me up after my bad races. I give all my swims to God and in turn, He gives me all the strength I need so that when I do well, I can thank Him and when I don’t do well, I can remember to stop being down on myself because He loves me anyway.

Q: What skills have you learned from sports that will be most helpful to you in your overall life skills? sullivan

A: The greatest skill that I have learned from swimming is time management. Having very little time to do work as a result of athletics has taught me how to find the balance between activities. I believe that this skill will carry over into my overall life skills when I need to juggle college, family, friends, work, etc.

Q: What is something interesting about yourself that perhaps no one or just a few know?

A: I don’t really have an interesting fact. I’m mostly an open book, but I do love to write, anything from lyrics to poetry to short stories. I particularly enjoy metaphors thanks to being a student in Mr. Stec’s AP Language and Composition class.

Q:  What is a favorite Bible verse related to your participation in sports?

A: 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 -“Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win. Everyone who competes in the games exercises self-control in all things. They then do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable. Therefore, I run in such a way, as not without aim; I box in such a way, as not beating the air; but I discipline my body and make it my slave, so that, after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified.”

student athlete bartlettSantana Bartlett

Q: What was your favorite moment or highlight of the season?

A: My favorite highlight was playing Banner Christian and scoring 7 pts within a minute.

Q: What do you like best about your particular sport?

A: I grew up playing basketball. There are so many things to think about when playing the game.  I love “the grind” and working together with my teammates.

Q: What do you think it takes to be a successful student-athlete?

A: I think it takes working hard both in class and in the game and leaving the distractions behind.

Q: How do you feel that you best contribute to the team?

A: I feel that I best contribute by just supporting my team in any way that I can.

Q: When did you first start playing this particular sport?

A: I started playing basketball when I was like 2 years old!bartlett

Q: In what other activities are you involved?

A: I honestly just focus on basketball for now.

Q: How does your faith help you to have a firm foundation when you are engaging in athletics?

A: It keeps me grounded and reminds me that things I missed aren’t failures but opportunities to get better.

Q: What skills have you learned from sports that will be most helpful to you in your overall life skills?

A: I’ve learned about hard work ethic and teamwork.

Q: What is a favorite Bible verse related to your participation in sports?

A: 1 Timothy 4:12 –“Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.”

student athlete simmonsConnor Simmons

Q: What was your favorite moment or highlight of the season?

A: My favorite moment of the season is when “G” scored 24 points against Guardian, shortly after Kobe’s death.

Q: What do you like best about your particular sport?

A: I like how you really have to work hard if you want to be good at basketball. Nothing is given. It’s also pretty fun.

Q: What do you think it takes to be a successful student-athlete?

A: You have to work hard in the classroom and work hard on the court to be a great student athlete. Also, use any of your free time trying to get better at anything you can.

Q: How do you feel that you best contribute to the team?

A: I feel like I contributed to the team by trying to keep everyone level-headed and on the same page.

Q: When did you first start playing this particular sport?

A: I started playing basketball when I was 6 years old.

Q: In what other activities are you involved? simmons

A: I have participated in both soccer and co-ed soccer while at WCA.

Q: How does your faith help you to have a firm foundation when you are engaging in athletics?

A: My faith ensures that I keep going no matter what happens in my life. I still try to work as hard as I can. I also give all of the credit to the Man above.

Q: What skills have you learned from sports that will be most helpful to you in your overall life skills?

A: I’ve learned perseverance, responsibility, and I’ve also gained some mental and physical toughness from the adversity that comes with a season.

Q: What is a favorite Bible verse related to your participation in sports?

A:  Joshua 1:9 (because it’s a verse about overcoming adversity and not being afraid) –“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

student athlete witherbyFaith Witherby Student Athletes

Q: What was your favorite moment or highlight of the season?

A: My favorite moments of the season were when I made my first three-pointer and when we won conference champs.

Q: What do you like best about your particular sport?

A: What I like best about my particular sport is getting to be part of an awesome team and learning how to get better every year.

Q: What do you think it takes to be a successful student-athlete?

A:  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 always try to be there to help in any way I can and put forth my best effort so the team can succeed.

Q: When did you first start playing this particular sport?

A: I started playing basketball in 3rd grade for Upwards, but last year was my first year playing basketball for WCA.

Q: In what other activities are you involved?

A: I participated not just in basketball at WCA, but also volleyball. I am also currently participating in this year’s musical. witherby

Q: How does your faith help you to have a firm foundation when you are engaging in athletics?

A: My faith keeps me focused during the basketball season when things get really busy. Whenever I start to struggle, I can always look to God and the Bible to help me.

Q: What skills have you learned from sports that will be most helpful to you in your overall life skills?

A: I have learned teamwork and perseverance.

Q: What is something interesting about yourself that perhaps no one or just a few know?

A: I enjoy making DIY projects.

Q: What is a favorite Bible verse related to your participation in sports?

A: Phillipians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

student athlete wellonsGeoffrey Wellons

Q: What was your favorite moment or highlight of the season?

A: My favorite moment was winning the Conference Championship.

Q: What do you like best about your particular sport?

A: I like the excitement of the game and working as a team.

Q: What do you think it takes to be a successful student-athlete?

A: Be committed and take care of the classroom first.

Q: How do you feel that you best contribute to the team?

A: Protecting the paint!

Q: When did you first start playing this particular sport?

A: I started playing basketball when I was 5 years old.

Q: In what other activities are you involved?

A: I used to run track.

Q: How does your faith help you to have a firm foundation when you are engaging in athletics?

A: My faith keeps me going when things get tough.

Q: What skills have you learned from sports that will be most helpful to you in your overall life skills? wellons

A: The skills I have learned from sports are communication and teamwork.

Q: What is something interesting about yourself that perhaps no one or just a few know?

A: I won “best smile” when I was in the 8th grade!

Q: What is a favorite Bible verse related to your participation in sports?

A: Psalm 127 –“Unless the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep. Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord. The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, but shall speak with their enemies in the gate.”

student athlete marloweJack Marlowe Student Athlete

Q: What was your favorite moment or highlight of the season?

A: My favorite moment was making it to the championship game.

Q: What do you like best about your particular sport?

A: I like that it is a team sport.

Q: What do you think it takes to be a successful student-athlete?

A: I think it takes good time management skills.

Q: How do you feel that you best contribute to the team?

A: I try to be a team player.

Q: When did you first start playing this particular sport?

A: I started playing basketball in the 2nd grade.

Q: In what other activities are you involved?

A: I also participate on the WCA swim, golf, cross country, and baseball teams and also my church youth group.

Q: How does your faith help you to have a firm foundation when you are engaging in athletics?Jack marlowe

A: It reminds me that if I put God first, He will bless me in all aspects of my life including basketball.

Q: What skills have you learned from sports that will be most helpful to you in your overall life skills?

A: If you want to get good at your craft, you must be willing to outwork everyone else.

Q: What is something interesting about yourself that perhaps no one or just a few know?

A: I have 27 cousins!

Q: What is a favorite Bible verse related to your participation in sports?

A: Joshua 1: 7-8 – “Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”

 

student athlete joe dillJoe Dill

Q: What was your favorite moment or highlight of the season?

A: Winning the Conference Basketball Championship and being a leader in points on the WCA swim team.

Q: What do you like best about your particular sport?

A: I like the friends I have made on all my teams.

Q: What do you think it takes to be a successful student-athlete?

A: It takes focusing on your sport and your schoolwork and learning time management.

Q: How do you feel that you best contribute to the team?

A: I try to be positive at all times, and I put 100% effort into the sports I play and the team.

Q: When did you first start playing this particular sport?

A: I started swimming when I was 4. This was my first year on the WCA basketball team.

Q: In what other activities are you involved?

A: I also play lacrosse and do motocross outside of school.

Q: How does your faith help you to have a firm foundation when you are engaging in athletics?

A: My faith helps me to not give up when I am participating in my sports. joe dill

Q: What skills have you learned from sports that will be most helpful to you in your overall life skills?

A: I have learned the skills of time management, teamwork, motivation, and dedication.

Q: What is something interesting about yourself that perhaps no one or just a few know?

A: I like music and I like to play the guitar.

Q: What is a favorite Bible verse related to your participation in sports?

A: Phillipians 4:13 –“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.”

 

Congrats again to all of our 2020 Winter Season Student-Athletes!

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