M-Club Awards Celebrate Student Athletes at Year’s End
by The Milton Measure on Friday, June 10th, 2016
While artists have annual art shows and scholars have the prize assembly, all varsity athletes gather at the M-Club Awards to honor their own hard work. This year’s M-Club Awards were held on Wednesday, June 1st and recognized all varsity athletes for their achievements throughout the 2015-2016 school year. What a year it has been for Milton’s athletic teams with seven teams winning ISL Championship titles, including Boy’s Soccer, Hockey, Baseball, Boy’s Track and Field, and Girl’s Tennis, and two teams winning New England titles, including Boy’s Soccer and Girls Tennis.
The Boy’s Soccer team, led by captains Luis Viceira (I), Shay Quintin (I), and Adam Bramson (I), had a record breaking year. The team, paving its way to the Class A New England Championship title, made history this past fall by going undefeated with a 22-0 record. Amos Shapiro-Thompson (III) credits the team’s success to “such a solid group of seniors who led the team and set a great example for the future of the program.”
Girl’s Varsity Tennis, having won the New England Championship the past two years, achieved a well-deserved “three-peat” this spring, adding 2016 to their championship banner. Given the team’s past success, it came as no surprise that they again dominated the prep school tennis world and ended up with an undefeated season. The team, led by captain Maddie Dewire (I), overcame their rival, Phillips Andover, in the finals of the New England Tournament to clinch yet another title for the Milton tennis program. Semi Oloko (II) explained how proud she is of the team “really coming together to beat [Andover],” and how the rookie players “helped contribute to yet another undefeated season.”
The M-Club Awards banquet recognized these teams, as well as all varsity athletes. After the M-Club dinner, Mr. Reddicks also presented awards to players who had great accomplishments in their sports. These awards include the All-ISL award, which is given to a few outstanding players in each sport who are chosen by a committee of coaches, and the Honorable Mention award.
The ISL also presents an Award of Excellence to students at each of its member schools. The ISL defines the award’s purpose to be “recognizing student athletes for exhibiting the Independent School League ideals of integrity, sportsmanship, fair play, and good citizenship, while participating as a multi-sport athlete during their Independent School League career.” Past recipients of this award include Rachel Sun (’15) and Chris Lewis (’15), and, this year, the athletic community congratulates Kali Tyler (I) and Mitchell Donovan (I).
Four other major awards, including the Robert Saltonstall medal, the Priscilla Bailey award, the Alfred Elliot award, and the Dorothy J. Sullivan award, were also awarded to four outstanding senior athletes. This year, Dom Cozier (I) received the Robert Saltonstall medal, which is given annually to a young man with a “distinguished record in all-around physical activity, with emphasis on leadership by example… and observance of the code of the true sportsman,” according to the history of the award. Meanwhile, Kellie Quinn (I) won the Priscilla Bailey award this year, an award given to a girl who is an exceptionally valuable asset to the Milton Academy athletics program and who demonstrates exceptional individual skills and teamwork as well as sportsmanship.
The Alfred Elliott award, which was given to Quintin McDermott (I), goes to a boy who is an inspiring example to his teammates, regardless of skill, and who exemplifies unselfish devotion to his team. Lastly, Anna Digravio won the Dorothy J. Sullivan award that signifies sportsmanship and leadership in the Milton athletic community. The M-Club ceremony also recognizes Senior tri-varsity athletes who committed themselves to three seasons of Milton athletics their senior year and added to the success of the athletic program as a whole.
Milton athletes dedicate incredible amounts of time to their varsity teams, and M-Club is a night designed to honor those who make the athletic program so successful. By recognizing individual and team efforts, M-Club ensures that Milton students are appreciated for all of their hard work. To close, here’s a huge thank you to the current seniors for all of their positive contributions to the Milton athletic community!
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