What a year! Back in September there was so much uncertainty. I specifically remember that one time in science class the attendance question was, “When do you think in-person school will start again?” The majority of students were hopeful at the time, giving answers like November or December… At least we had hope? During this time, students were isolated in their bedrooms, rarely leaving their houses. No in-person classes, no sports, nothing. Many students were longing for any type of activity, like playing their favorite sport, but because of the seriousness of the pandemic we could not. It seemed like every time I asked when sports seasons were going to happen, the answer I got was pushed back, and it seemed like there was little hope.
In the spring of 2021,the sports seasons finally started back up. An anonymous student said: “it was just so great to be able to finally have fun after so many long boring nights of being confined to my room.” In a past interview, Brit Atack, the athletics director, said “it’s just good to see kids playing again.” When the sports season started again everyone was happy sports were back. Not all of the Northwest sports seasons have concluded, but the Northwest School students have accomplished a lot nonetheless. I would like to shout out some big achievements from this year so far:
Boys Ultimate won the ESC championship; Girls Ultimate finished 2nd.
Stephen Bleakley-Harris won the ESC Boys Cross Country title and was named the boys conference MVP.
Owen DeVore was named the conference MVP for Boys Ultimate.
Roshann Purcell was named conference MVP for Girls Soccer.
Naomi Fina was named the conference MVP for Girls Ultimate.
Other All Conference honorees:
Ari Clarkson, 1st Team, Girls Volleyball
Merrik Plummer: 1st Team, Boys Soccer
Shoshana Rosen: 1st Team, Girls Soccer
Makeda Clements: 1st Team, Girls Soccer
Sasha Hanna: 1st Team, Girls Ultimate
Freya Larsen: 1st Team, Girls Ultimate
Cal Phinney: 1st Team, Boys Ultimate
Haylie Bleakley-Harris: 1st Team, Girls Cross Country
Isla Chadsey: 1st Team, Girls Cross Country
Desmond Stanfield: 1st Team, Boys Cross Country
Merek Weed: 1st Team, Boys Cross Country
Anders Blaine: 2nd Team, Boys Cross Country
Lucy Sevetson: Honorable Mention, Girls Ultimate
Jonah Tannen: Honorable Mention, Boys Ultimate
Hannah Pierce: Honorable Mention, Girls Volleyball
Lily Kinerk: Honorable Mention, Girls Volleyball
Paul Cellini – Boys 400m
Stephen Bleakley-Harris – Boys 1600m
Stephen Bleakley-Harris – Boys 3200m
Maleda Sims – Girls 4×100 relay
Lily Gotel – Girls 4×100 relay
Solara Munsson – Girls 4×100 relay
Shoshana Rosen – Girls 4×100 relay
Logan Spoonemore – Girls Javelin
I am very excited for the next year of Northwest sports. I’ve heard from students and faculty alike that this sports year was different than any other. Brit Atack even said “I feel like this year, more than any other year, students are having more fun. You know, they just want to get out and play…” This season has shown us how much we truly love and enjoy sports. Sports is one of the things that we often take for granted because it’s always there. But we lost them for a few months and many of us realized how much we needed them. It will be great to see athletes next year continue to love their sports and continue to improve.
Thank you for a great year!
Jose Lopez Bernal