Congratulations to Hugh Jung ’20 and Bill Ke ’20 for receiving Cardigan’s Athlete of the Week Award. Read what their coaches have to say about them below, and meet all the students who were nominated.
Varsity Student-Athlete of the Week
Hugh Jung ’20 – Varsity Soccer
Hugh is the only returning member of the soccer team from 2018 and has taken on the role of leadership ably. He is humble and driven to see the team succeed, works hard each day, and encourages his teammates to push each other to improve with every opportunity. In our first three matches, he scored five goals and offered three assists. Two of his goals were game-winners. His positive leadership and selfless efforts have clearly provided the motivation to his teammates in earning our first two victories of the season.
Sub-Varsity Student-Athlete of the Week
Bill Ke ’20 – JV Mountain Biking
Bill had a fantastic first race! He was able to pass multiple riders on the climbs and rode strong on the downhills. He was a great teammate to the younger boys, supporting them before and after the race.
Other Varsity Nominations
Sebastien Madan ’21 – Varsity Mountain Biking
Sebastien has put forth superior effort during the first ten days of practice. He has been thoughtful with his new teammates and showed encouraging effort at the Proctor Race. The coaches and captains have noticed a new vigor and higher skill level in him this year.
Ved Bhat '20 – Varsity Cross Country
Ved joined the team with an attitude of determination and grit. In the first meet of the year at Holderness, he ran a career-high overall placing, which displaced runners from other varsity programs, and helped our team earn one of the highest finishes in recent history. In practice, he has demonstrated key components of leadership–-such as integrity, self-awareness, and drive--all suggestive of a seasoned runner who wants to win and not just to improve. He is on track to have a very successful season and will be a runner to watch throughout the Lakes Region.
Nathan Johnson ’20 – Varsity Football
The team is privileged to have a strong group of incredible athletes but the student-athlete that set himself apart this week was Nathan Johnson. Though he is new to football, it does not hinder his performance. He goes all out during practice and games and is growing into a keen football player and a leader.
Other Sub-Varsity Nominations
Pearse Cobb ’20 – Sailing
For conspicuous gallantry in the face of the unknown, Pearse has stepped up and completed some tasks without prompting, was vigilant in making sure others followed instructions, and acted in accordance with all of the coaches' expectations. His quiet demeanor and focus puts him on top this week for the award.
Harrison Huang ’21 – JV Cross Country
Harrison, even though he is a first-year student at Cardigan, has exhibited rare leadership, dedication, and commitment to his team and school. He arrives punctually to all practices and is enthusiastic about growing and improving as a runner. He puts in his best effort every day at practice, supports his teammates, ran hard in our last race, and wrote superior goals for the year. He is a model member of our team!
John Li ’20 - Rock Climbing
John arrives to practice on time and puts in full effort in the cave, in the gym, and on the cliffs. He has been a great role model for our new climbers, taking time to help them build new skills.
Francisco Concha Alvarez ’21– Thirds Mountain Biking
Fran has been riding his bike for hours on the weekend and taking advantage of every opportunity to improve. He is new to the team this year, but in just three weeks, he has demonstrated significant growth in bike handling skills. He has also done a great job modeling to his teammates a passion for this sport. Keep it up, Fran!
Matt Hall ’21 – JV Football
Since the beginning of the season, Matt has taken on the role of leader. He leads by example in his efforts and directs his peers to be attentive in practice. He was a standout in our recent game, with several receptions including an amazing catch in the end zone for a two-point conversion. He also anchored the defense, making all the defensive calls.
Daniel Jung ’21 – JV Soccer
Daniel set the tone for the JV Soccer Team with his relentless effort on the field, never slowing down, even in the brutal heat. He scored three goals in one week, including a brilliant free-kick against Eaglebrook.
Abraham Shepherd ’23 – Reserve Mountain Biking
Abraham has worked incredibly hard these past two weeks and has shown great improvement in that time. He has been consistently positive and supportive of his teammates at all practices and has truly led by example in this regard. His love of mountain biking and drive to improve are contagious and have truly helped make the entire team better.
Mac Wang ’21 – Thirds Soccer
As a returning student, Mac has been a leader on the practice and game field. He looks to keep his teammates on task, and he tries to improve his game every day. In our opening Jamboree, he made some key saves to keep the matches close, and he has shown improvement in his shot-blocking ability since last season. He brings a great attitude to the team, and we look forward to his hard work this fall.
Danny Commerford ’22– Fourths Soccer
Despite it being his first time playing soccer, Danny has taken on the huge responsibility of goalie. He is fearless and willing to throw himself in front of any shot and will be a huge part of the team’s success this season. Not only does he try his hardest in everything he does during practice, when practice ends, he thanks every coach and gives them a fist bump. His effort, sportsmanship, and determination makes him our nominee for the award.
Max Garland ’22 - Reserve Soccer
Max has been working hard each practice to improve and is receiving this nomination for his coachability and attitude. He may not have come with the most soccer skill before tryouts, but every day he listens and puts into action what his coaches ask of him, and it is making him a better player every day. He always has a smile on his face, and his teammates often remark on his display of kindness.