Ken Connor, director of college advising, recently wrapped up a two-year term serving on the University of Georgia High School Advisory Council. Connor was nominated for this honor by the UGA office of admissions.
The Girls and Boys Tennis teams both won the GHSA State Championship on Saturday at the Rome Tennis Center on the campus of Berry College. This is the first time in school history that both teams have won State in the same year.
The girls started the day off hot with a 3-0 sweep of the George Walton Bulldogs. The #1 doubles combo of Tinsley Bertram & Katherine Scott and were quickly followed by Sophie Gibbs at #1 singles. #2 Singles player Lauren Tucker iced the match while #3 singles player Livi Stolle and the #2 doubles combo of Oliva Noel and Caroline Scott both held commanding leads. This title is Wesleyan's fourth overall in Girls Tennis.
The boys picked up where the girls left off, defeating Holy Innocents 3-1. Grayson Balloon started the match off by winning #1 singles and was joined in the clubhouse by the #2 doubles team of Aidan Abraham and Matthew Godfrey. Then it was Connor Hewitson's turn to once again seal the deal for the boys in dramatic fashion. This state crown is the second in school history on the boys side.
The Girls Track team scored a school-record 87 points at the State Meet last week, good enough to earn then a second place finish overall. Imani Washington won earned titles in the Shotput and Discus breaking her own shotput record with an incredible 45'11.5" throw, while Sade Ojanuga won the 100m hurdles and set a school record with a time of 15:15, and the girls 4x800 relay team of Abigail Glover, Kendrick Archer, Julie Ann Bush, and Anne McSweeney placed second and set a school record of 9:53:68!
Wesleyan scored 9 runs in the opening frame and followed that up with one in the second inning and 4 in the third and fourth innings. The Wolves were aided by 4 consecutive walks to open the game by Whitefield’s starter. Forrest Lietz had a day to remember by going 3 for 3 with 5 RBI including a squeeze bunt, a single, a double, and a 3-run homer in the fourth inning to finish the scoring to 18-0. Nate Kerpics also picked up 3 hits and 3 RBI on 3 singles. Kerpics was the winning pitcher throwing 3 scoreless and hitless innings before giving way to Dominick Scalese who pitched the fourth inning. Together, they combined to no-hit the Wolfpack.
Game 2: Wesleyan 9—Whitefield 5
Druw Jones started on the mound for the Wolves in Game 2, and he quickly retired the first three Whitefield batters. Then the Wolves turned up the heat again by scoring 8 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning. After that, the Wolves seemed to let up before tacking on one more in the 6th inning. Whitefield mounted small rallies but never threatened the lead. Jones pitched 5 innings before handing the ball over to Cooper Blauser for the 6th and Dominick Scalese for the 7th. The Wolves scored their runs in the 1st by stringing together a bunch of singles and then adding stolen bases to the tally.
Wesleyan will take on Mt. Paran in the Final 4 on Monday the 16th at 4pm.
Postseason awards are rolling in for the Girls Lacrosse team, beginning with All-County recognitions for Anna Rae Copeland, Audrey LaFramboise, Sophie Villa, Maggie Rheudasil, Annabelle Lawson, and Lily Nydam!
5/5/22 The Varsity Boys secured a berth in the GHSA State Championship by defeating Mt. Paran 3-0. Wins came from #1 Singles player Grayson Balloon, #3 Singles player Connor Hewitson, and the #2 Doubles combination of Aidan Abraham and Matthew Godfrey. The Wolves will travel to Berry College in Rome on Saturday May 14th to play HIES.
5/9/22 The Girls Tennis team secured their spot in the State Championship with a 3-1 victory over Christian Heritage. Wins came from Lauren Tucker and Livi Stolle in singles and the paring of Olivia Noel and Caroline Scott in doubles! The Wolves will play in Rome on Saturday at 9am for the State title against George Walton!
5/7/22 The Wesleyan Golf team finished 8th out of 18 teams in the North Georgia Classic at Achasta Golf CLub in Dahlonega. In this 36 hole event, the Wolves were led by Alex Holcomb at 6 over, followed closely by Andy Scott at 7 over, Beau Jackson at 10 over, and Ben Jackson at 13 over. The Team scores were 310 in the first round, and 302 in the second round of the tournament.
5/5/22 The Lax boys concluded their season in the Elite 8 after falling to Westminster. This season represents the best in Wolves Lax history as the team earned the best record in program history at 16-2, tied the deepest run in program history to the Elite 8, won the Gannon Cup as Single-A Private's top lacrosse team, and earned an Area Championship.
In addition to the team success, the Wolves earned numerous individual accolades including State Coach of the Year for Head Coach Connor Breslin, First Team All-State for Matt Blanton, Second Team All-State for Lawson Jones and Zach Blanton, and Honorable Mention All-State for Chandler Coperhaver and Jameson Meyer.
Congratulations to this team, which has set a new standard for Wolves Lacrosse!
Wesleyan School is pleased to announce that Alex Thorne ‘22 has been named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist. This is an honor that approximately 1% of high school seniors receive in the United States annually.
To be named a finalist, Alex was required to complete an application, demonstrate a consistently very high academic record, write an essay, be endorsed and recommended by a school official, and take the SAT or ACT and earn a score that confirmed his PSAT/NMSQT performance.
High school band and chorus captivated their audience during their respective concerts on April 26 and April 22. Both band and chorus performed for concert three times- once for the lower school, once for the middle school, and once for the high school, and both ensembles demonstrated a dynamic and impressive range of musical genres.
Kaitlyn Bobo earned First Team All-Gwinnett County honors, and Hannah Fears was recognized as a Gwinnett County Scholar Athlete award winner.
Three Wolves were selected to participate in the D1 Varsity Soccer Georgia All-Star Game on Sunday, May 15 at 3:15pm at Sprayberry High School. Goalie Grace Elsevier, Forward Kaitlyn Bobo, and Forward Lainey Jerding will represent the Wolves on the field, while Coach Glenn Archer will direct the All-Stars on the sideline. Congratulations to these footballers! For more information, click here.
D1Varsity named Girls Soccer Coach Glenn Archer as the Coach of the Year in the State of Georgia for the 2022 season! Coach Archer lead the team to the Elite 8, a 16-3 overall record, a second place finish in the region and a combined score of 97-12 on the season. For more information, click here.
Postseason awards are rolling in for the Wolves Baseball program, beginning with Region-5's accolades. Druw Jones was selected by the Region's coaches as Player of the Year, while Carson Ballard earned Pitcher of the Year. First-Team nods went to Cooper Blauser, Bryce Hubbard, and Schley Gordy, while Second-Team honors went to Nate Kerpics, Forrest Lietz, Reed Purcell, and Dom Scalese.
The Gwinnett Dugout Club honored Druw Jones as County Player of the Year, and named Carson Ballard, Cooper Blauser, and Bryce Hubbard to the Second-Team for Gwinnett County. Bryce Hubbard earned the Scott McIntyre Hustle and Attitude Award, while Carson Ballard earned a spot on the All-Academic team. The Dugout Club also awards players of the month, given to Cooper Blauser and Schley Gordy for the month of March, and Bryce Hubbard and Carson Ballard for the month of April.
The National Arts Honor Society (NAHS) and AP environmental science class teamed up to create a beautiful turtle mural made entirely from bottle caps in celebration of Earth Day, which was April 22, 2022. Students presented the mural to their classmates at Monday Morning Rally.
4/25/22 The Varsity Girls Soccer season came to a close on the road in the Elite 8 after falling 3-1 to Pinecrest. The Wolves' goal came off the foot of Kaitlyn Bobo assisted by Lainey Jerding. The team finishes with a 16-3 overall record. A special thank you to our Seniors, Caroline Archer, Kendrick Archer, Grace Elsevier, Jocelyn Lopez, and Teagan Wilkenloh, and our excellent coaches Glenn Archer, Rich Billing, Nicole Galvin, Ellie Burns, and Andy Randrup!
As soon as “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” was announced as the middle school spring musical, Chad Simmons, technical director and drama teacher, and Serena Wright, assistant technical director, began dreaming of the iconic car soaring across the Powell Theater stage.
Following the best regular season in program history, the Wolves have already earned All-State recognitions as voted by Georgia's lacrosse coaches across the state. First Team honors go to Matt Blanton, while Lawson Jones and Zach Blanton earned Second-Team nods. Earning honorable mention were Chandler Coperhaver and Jameson Meyer!
After the best regular season finish in Wesleyan Lacrosse history (14-1), an Area Championship, and a Gannon Cup championship, Connor Breslin was named Coach of the Year in the state of Georgia by his coaching peers. Congratulations to Coach Breslin!
Coach Franklin Pridgen joined Chris Parker on the Parker Resources Georgia Football podcast this weekend to talk about the Football Program and the 2022 season as we head up to AAA. Click Here to listen!
Jameson Kavel continues to make waves for the Duke Blue Devils in her final year of NCAA eligibility. This season Kavel has become the Blue Devil career Home Run leader, and Runs Scored leader. She is poised to also set the mark for career Doubles and RBI. On the season she sports a .436 average with 15 HR, 42 RBI, and 14 doubles. For her efforts, USA Softball has named her to the group of 25 finalists for Collegiate Player of the Year. Click here to read more.
The Middle School Girls tied Lovett and defeated HIES on Saturday! Rookie Aspen Alder came off the injured list playing in her first game of the season and scored her first goal. Skyla Keo had a strong day in the midfield and led the team in ground ball control. Anna McGowan lead the team in points with 5 goals, 2 assists and 2 ground balls. Goalie Ella Spitzer had 13 saves for the day and an amazing half field clear right to her teammate.
4/21/22 With a 19-3 victory over Southwest Dekalb, your Girls Lax Wolves completed a flawless Area run to secure the Area Championship and a #1 seed in the GHSA tournament next week! They will host Darlington at 4:30pm on Wednesday in the First Round of the GHSA Playoffs.
Senior Anna Rae Copeland was recognized by Positive Athlete Georgia as their Girls Lacrosse Positive Athlete of the Year in Gwinnett County! Student-Athletes are chosen from a pool of nominees for their character, infectious positivity, and impact on their community. Congratulations Anna Rae! To learn more about Positive Athlete Georgia, click here.
Senior Imani Washington recently committed to Throwing for the University of Florida's Track and Field program. Washington is the current Wesleyan record holder for the Shotput, finished runner-up in the 2021 GHSA state meet for discus, and won the Shotput as a Junior. Congratulations to Imani!!
Just days after eighth grade students finished their study of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” the Wesleyan Wolf Players performed a condensed and comedic retelling of the story as part of their spring production, “Stories in Rep: 2 One-Acts.” “Romeo and Juliet: A Tale of Two Balconies” was one of two one-acts performed in “Stories in Rep,” and the whole eighth class enjoyed a private performance a few days after the full show concluded.
4/13/22 Varsity boys soccer defeated 3-2 Christian Heritage in Dalton, GA. Eduardo Lopez, Carlos Lopez-Terrazas, and Roman Reynolds scored one goal each to advance to the Second Round of the GHSA Playoffs!
4/11/22 The JV boys closed the season with a 10-1 victory over HIES to close the season at 11-3-1. On the night, Matthew Wright and Ryan Cowart combined for 10 strikeouts and only 1 run on the mound. At the plate, Townes Hardy had two hits and 2 RBI, while Eli Hewitson added 2 RBI on a double.
The Middle School tennis team ended the season on a high note with a win over Westminster on April 9th. Unfortunately, the girls were rained out, but the boys pulled out a close 6-5 win. With the overall match tied at 5 all, the doubles pairing of Ried Oetting and Nolan Pinson sealed the team win with a score of 8-2. Today's victory ensured a winning season on the courts for the Wolves. Congratulations to all the players on another successful season!
Wesleyan's JV and Varsity girls' golf teams played in the inaugural "W Match" against Westminster this evening at Dogwood Golf Club. The event was a modified Ryder Cup-style match, which was ultimately won by the Wildcats.
Professional Lacrosse Player Lyle Thompson of the Georgia Swarm spoke with the Junior Lacrosse Wolves on Saturday to share the connection between his family and heritage to the game of Lacrosse, and the responsibility all Lacrosse players have to carry on the game's traditions and lessons.
The Boys Lacrosse program hosted a spirit night for the Junior Wolves program before Spring Break. Future Lax Wolves from 2nd to 6th grade had an opportunity to showcase their skills before the Varsity game with current Varsity Wolves cheering them on. The script then flipped and those younger Wolves joined the Varsity team on the sideline to cheer them on to victory. Thank you to Coach Breslin and all the other people who give their time to Wesleyan Lacrosse for making this fun night happen. Family runs deep in the Wolves Lax program!
3/24/22 The Girls advanced in the Middle School playoffs with a win over Cornerstone. The game ended in a 2-2 tie and was ultimately decided in Penalty Kicks where the Wolves won 3-1. Regulation goals came from Mallory Suits and Weezy Moore, PKs came from Ansley Jamieson, Alex Chase, and Lili Roberts.
Congratulations to six high school band students and eight middle school band students who were recently recognized for their hard work and talent! After receiving nominations and enduring rigorous and highly competitive audition processes, students were selected for district honor band representing all schools in Gwinnett County, University of Georgia Midfest bands, and/or all state band representing all schools in Georgia.
As we enter this liturgical season of Lent, pre-first students reminded their captive audience of the “reel-y” Good News of the Gospel through puns, songs, and dance in their annual musical, “Fish Tales." Dressed in fishing attire and standing on a fish-covered stage in Bowen Cafetorium, students performed the beloved pre-first musical. “Fish Tales” is set at a fishing tournament, and the tournament organizer makes sure that while fishing, all competitors also hear the “reel-y” Good News of Jesus’ death and resurrection.
Congratulations to Wesleyan alumna Mikayla Coombs ’17, who was recently named the Southeastern Conference women’s basketball scholar-athlete of the year! Coombs is in her second year playing for the University of Georgia (UGA) after transferring from the University of Connecticut, and she is pursuing a master’s degree in sports management. While at Wesleyan, Coombs led the varsity girls basketball team to a state championship in 2017, as well as state runner-up finishes in 2014 and 2016.
Ninth grade world history students recently visited the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University. Students were guided through the African, East Asian, Greek, Roman, and Egyptian exhibits, and they enjoyed lunch in the Emory cafeteria. The field trip enhanced and clarified the Asian themes recently discussed in class. For example, the tour guide showed students prints of the Great Wave produced during the Edo period, which the class discussed a week earlier.
3/1/22 The Middle School team had a great 7-6 win on the road over Sutton. Knox Bingham and Carter Hayes had multiple hits on the night. Brice Gillis, Conn Hardy, William Wright, Billy Gingrey, and Ryley Webb each added one hit a piece. RBIs came from Wright (2), and one a piece from Hayes, Gillis, and Hardy.
The MS girls’ track team took 1st place in their home meet yesterday against GAC, Hebron, and Mt. Bethel. Addison Dempsey finished first and had PR’s in the 400M and pole vault. Skyla Keo, Abbey Suits, and Haley Roebuck swept the top three spots in the triple jump. Grace McLeod finished first in the discus for the third consecutive meet, eclipsing her previous best by over four feet with a throw of 81’11”.
The boys finished second to Hebron in the same meet. Kerrighan Freeman finished first place and had PR’s in the 400M, 800M. Freeman also had a PR in the long jump. Chase Sykes finished first place and had a PR in the 200M. Sykes also had a PR in the long jump. Austin Asbury, Nolan Pinson, and Nathan Encinas all had PR’s and finished 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, respectively, in the triple jump.
JV’s 5-1 win over Dunwoody was powered by outstanding play from Wes Vail, Lawson Koch, and Will Brammer. Wes Vail had multiple goals. Lawson Koch and Will Brammer made a number of plays in the middle of the field which led to transition opportunities.
2/26/22 The boys took two on Saturday beating Pace 16-3 and Dunwoody 14-7. Against Dunwoody, Munch Jones had 6 goals and 1 assist, Landon Jonas had 2 goals, Braxton Bell has 4 goals, 2 assists and 14 face-off wins. Against Pace, Chris Gentner had 1 goal and 1 assist, Jack Brewster had 1 goal and 4 ground balls, Andrew Mayer had 2 goals and 4 assists, and Darrell Schumann had 1 goal and 4 forced turnovers on defense.
2/23/22 The season came to an end for the Varsity Girls Basketball team on the road in the first round of the playoffs against a strong Mt. Paran team. In the game, Chit-Chat Wright scored 17 with 3 steals and 2 assists, while Johanna Potter dropped 16 with 8 rebounds.
On the season, the Lady Wolves battled to a 13-10 record in one of the toughest regions in the state without a senior on the roster. They defeated 7A Walton, 7A McEachern, 6A #9 Sprayberry, 6A Johns Creek, 6A Woodstock, 3A #4 Westminster, and A-Private #4 Hebron. Amongst their losses, they played 7A #1 North Forsyth to a 3 point loss, 7A #2 Brookwood to a 6 point loss, 7A #10 West Forsyth to an 8 point loss, 6A #5 Brunswick to a 2 point loss, and 6A #10 Buford to a 3 point loss. These Wolves have a great deal to be proud of, and even more to build on for next season. Thank you to Head Coach Carolyn Blackman and her Assistant Coaches Ellen Riggins, Rebecca Lightfoot, and Lio Gedeon.
A beloved Wesleyan tradition continued, as first grade students performed the “Three Piggy Opera” in Bowen Cafetorium on Feb. 18 after much rehearsal. With catchy songs and colorful costumes, the first grade students shared the story of the three little pigs with clever characters and a few plot twists. Each student practiced their poise and public speaking skills by reciting his or her lines with confidence, and all students enjoyed singing the toe-tapping tunes.
The JV girls opened the season with a 14-6 victory over Mountain View. Britain Bridgers led the game with 5 goals (made 85% of shots taken). Bailey Rayburn led draw with 7 draw controls. Overall Wesleyan controlled 70% of the draws taken. Addison Braswell led us on defense with 4 groundball pickups, 3 resulting in goals. Anna Sophia Pinson had a 54% save percentage in the cage.
2/15/22 The Varsity Boys finished their season on the road with a Region Tournament defeat to Mt. Vernon, 37-70. Congratulations to Seniors Sam Cleveland, Tate Gilley, Grant Hill, Hunter Suits, and Hampton Huggins for their careers and contributions to Wesleyan Basketball. Thank you to Coach Jeremy Oliver and his assistants Eric Damm and Ryan Hodges for their leadership and hard work this season. Their record on the season was 8-17.
Druw Jones was named to the Gwinnett Daily Post "Super-6" ahead of his senior spring on the Diamond. A Vanderbilt Signee, Jones has accumulated numerous awards in his young baseball career, including earning Max-Preps All-American recognition as a junior, selection to the USA Baseball 18U team, and selection to the Perfect Game All-American game. Jones was also included in the Super-6 before the 2021 season. To read more, click here.
Middle school 3D art learned a new pottery technique recently that demonstrates how beautiful once-broken pieces are art can be when they are mended. Kintsugi is the Japanese art of putting broken pottery pieces back together with gold and is built on the idea that in embracing flaws and imperfections, you can create an even stronger, more beautiful piece of art.
Over the weekend, members of the Wesleyan sophomore class and their parents participated in the Atlanta Invitational Case Studies (AICS). The Atlanta Invitational Case Studies Program is a collective effort of partner metro Atlanta college preparatory independent schools.
After an excellent weekend at Georgia Tech, the Girls Swim & Dive team finished 4th in the state in the A-AAA division, and the Boys finished 10th overall! After an impressive showing at the dive session on Thursday morning which saw Emma Grace Anderson and Reagan Beaty finish 6th and 9th respectively, the swimmers took center stage. Our swimmers swam very well against the best competition in the state of Georgia with all 6 relays scoring team points and three swimmers scoring individual points -- Mitchell Badciong finished 7th in the 50 Free, Henry Wasmuth finished 9th in the 200 Free, and Hattie Wasmuth finished 5th in the 200 Free and 7th in the 500 Free. Coach Kevin Kadzis noted that "two top 10 finishes in a large, multi-team, multi-classification meet is an impressive feat any way you look at it. The fact we accomplished this with just 15 total members on our state team is a testament to each athlete doing their best for the good of the team." Congratulations to all state team swimmers and divers!
Two creative geniuses, separated by centuries, both enjoyed the spotlight again during the recent production of “All Shook Up” by the Wesleyan Wolf Players. Telling the Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night” to the music of Elvis Presley, theater goers enjoyed a classic story of love, mistaken identities, and a few surprises along the way.
This past weekend the Wrestling Wolves traveled all the way to Brunswick High School to compete at State Sectionals. Christopher Izzo and Judson Means wrestled hard but were unable to qualify for the State Tournament. Jackson Douglas picked up a win to place 7th, which makes him an alternate for the State Tournament at present. Trent Debow (2nd) and Broder Conley (3rd) both qualified for the State Tournament this weekend at the legendary Macon Centreplex. Good luck to those wrestlers still in the hunt for an individual state title!
Share a little about your story- what experiences or opportunities led you to your current role? My story really started the day I was born. I have had the privilege to watch my dad coach at Georgia Tech since the day I was born, and I watched him impact so many lives. The days spent on that campus growing up and as a student-athlete is where my passion blossomed. After a spinal fusion my junior year at Georgia Tech, I knew my playing career was over, and I started to inquire about potential jobs in Major League Baseball front offices. I had conversations with a couple different teams, but I ultimately settled on the Blue Jays due to the thoroughness of their vetting process. I knew that if they took hiring this seriously, it was the place for me.
On Wednesday, Feb. 2, third grade students performed "In Pursuit of the Fruits" on the Bowen Cafetorium stage. The fruit of Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23) are woven throughout the play, and each class performs a portion of the play based on a children’s book or short story:
Students in Ms. Loftis’ class share the story of Jeff Brumbeau’s The Quiltmaker’s Gift.
Students in Mrs. Thomas’ class perform based on Max Lucado’s Best of All.
Students in Mrs. Hall’s class explain Eileen Spinelli’s Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch.
Belmont University welcomed Kaitlyn Bobo to their Women's Soccer program on National Signing Day today. Bobo was a 2021 All-State player, All-County Scholar Athlete, and Offensive Player of the Year for the Wolves. She is also a National Honors Society member, and a member of the English Honors Society. To learn more about Bobo and her future teammates, click here.
Seniors Nea Sanders and Imani Washington earned recognition from the Gwinnett Daily Post as Super 6 Track and Field athletes in the county. Sanders finished second in the state in the Triple Jump, 400 meter, 300 meter hurdle events last spring. Washington claimed a state championship in the shotput last year and finished second in the discus. For more on these two track stars, click here.
On Jan. 26, the college advising office hosted an online webinar with Erik Lips, associate director of financial aid at Emory University. Nearly 60 families attended the "Guide to Paying for College" event, and Lips brought his wit and expertise to the subject of paying for college. Lips presented on and discussed the cost of attendance (COA), expected family contribution (EFC), financial need, FAFSA, and categories, types, and sources of financial aid.
Share a little about your story- what experiences or opportunities led you to your current role?
As a student at Wesleyan, I was involved in all kinds of activities – I lettered in swimming, football, soccer, cross country, and track and field, and I even lettered for being the statistician for the basketball team. I was also involved in men’s chorus ensemble and various theater productions, and I learned the value of multi-activity training compared to single-activity specialization.
After graduating from Wesleyan, I earned a spot on a college team where I competed and placed at NJCAA Nationals and was co-captain of a national runner-up team my second year, while also working as an assistant for the local youth swim team.
I returned to Atlanta for graduate school and served as a community coach for Wesleyan football, swimming, and track and field.
Since the fall of 2018, I have served as the CEO of the Jets Aquatic Club, which is a 501(c)(3) non-profit specializing in providing swim programming to northeast Arkansas. I manage and direct day-to-day business operations, create and monitor monthly and annual budgets, oversee all Jets employees, fundraise, engage with the local business community, recruit and retain participants, and have a lot of lunch meetings. Additionally, I serve as head coach, so I train 25-30 elite athletes ranging from 10 to 40 years of age and work directly with assistant coaches to ensure development of future talent.
Audiences for the Wolf Players’ presentation of All Shook Up should be prepared for the intersection of Shakespeare and Elvis Presley… and a real motorcycle. Set in 1955, the story of All Shook Up retells Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night with Elvis-inspired characters, singing, and dancing, and Chad Simmons, technical director, knew that incredible props would elevate the performance. Simmons purchased a used 2002 Kawaski motorcycle, and Serena Wright, assistant technical director, deconstructed the bike and rebuilt it to be one of the key props driving the musical’s plot.
Anna Rae Copeland and Chandler Coperhaver were both recently honored by the Gwinnett Daily Post as Preseason Super Six players in Lacrosse. Coperhaver is a goal keeper with 189 career saves to his name. Copeland scored 91 goals last year, assisted her teammates 43 times, and won 136 draws. For more on the pair of honorees, click here.
Congratulations to Cristo Martinez, Aidan Kresl, and Kaitlyn Bobo for earning Pre-Season All-State recognition from GeorgiaHighSchoolSoccer.com. Making the Honorable Mention list were Lainey Jerding, Cady Triplett, and Grave Elsevier.
Kresl also added a "Super 6" nod from the Gwinnett Daily Post as one of the top 6 boys players in Gwinnett County.
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After completing my career as a student-athlete playing softball at Indiana University, I decided to pursue a master’s degree in sports industry management at Georgetown University. While there, I worked three jobs: at the local Nike retail store, as a social media intern at an editorial startup SportTechie, and as a hitting instructor. I had always had big dreams of working in sports and hoped one day it would lead me to Nike corporate. When the MLB All-Star Game came to D.C., I volunteered with the hope of networking myself into a job in baseball. As luck would have it, my introductions lead me to take a job at Blast Motion, a sports tech startup in southern California. After almost three years at Blast Motion and a boss who pushed me to expand my social media skills into digital marketing and branding, I landed a job with my dream company, Nike. Life is funny that way. You can make all the plans you want, but I would not be where I am today without the support of my family, my friends, and my faith.
Artwork by junior Jennifer Noel was recently selected for a national art exhibition. Noel’s work, “Connected through the Chaos” is a work that explores the pandemic, masking, and how it has affected the community. Her art was one of only 200 pieces selected from nearly 1,700 submissions for the 2022 NAHS/NJAHS Juried Exhibition held annually in Washington, D.C. This year’s exhibition is being held virtually.
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Growing up, I was always involved in the game of football. I always looked up to my coaches as mentors, leaders, and role models for good character. After graduating from the University of Richmond, I knew I wanted to stay involved in the world of football and leave a lasting impact like the men before me did. After working for a few years in various areas of college athletics like events, operations, and recruiting, I received the opportunity to be a graduate assistant coach for the football team at the University of Virginia. After earning my master’s degree this fall, I hope to take my experiences to full-time coaching.
Mateo Rengifo earned CoSIDA Academic All-District 6 honors and Honorable Mention All-Southland Conference for his efforts kicking for the Lions. On the season, Rengifo was 10-15 on Field Goals and 72-77 on PATs.
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After graduating from Wesleyan in 2008, I started at the University of Florida (UF) where I was a member of three SEC championship volleyball teams and went to four NCAA Sweet 16s and one NCAA Elite 8. We had seven freshmen on the team during my redshirt senior year, and part of my role as captain was getting them acclimated and accustomed to our system. During that year, my coach told me that I would make a great coach someday, and I promptly told her I would never put my livelihood in the hands of 17-to-23-year-old women.
The Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce has honored Kayla Kim as Wesleyan School’s STAR student for the 2021-2022 school year. In turn, Kayla was able to select the teacher who has had the greatest influence on her academic life to be named Wesleyan’s STAR teacher, and she selected Dr. Isiah Hill.
The Wolves accumulated many postseason awards for their efforts in the 2021 campaign.
Defensive Coordinator Chip Myrick was recognized by Parker Resources as one of the top Defensive Coordinators in A-Private this season after holding opponents to 11 points/game.
Brooks Sturgeon earned AJC All-State Honors as a Placekicker after setting records at Wesleyan for Longest Field Goal, Longest Punt, Most Field Goals made in a season and in a career, and the highest punting average in a season.
The Gwinnett Touchdown Club awarded Drew Ball with Scholar-Athlete of the Year, Matthew Brown with the "Team First" award, Jaydin Brown with the Cecil Morris Award, and Team Mom Cori Coleszar with the Dave Hunter Award for outstanding service to a high school football program. The TD club also recognized Byrne Ahrenkiel, Drew Ball, Michael Soukup, and Brooks Sturgeon as Honorable Mention All-County.
The Region 5 Coaches awarded the following Wolves with All-Region Honors: First Team: Jamie Tremble, Thomas Cook, Matthew Brown, Byrne Ahrenkiel, and Drew Ball Second Team: Jett Miller, Will Tucker, Reed Purcell, Andrew Willis, Bo Britt, Michael Soukup, Trent Debow, Matthew Wright, Nick Schaller, Charlie Rickell, and Townes Hardy Honorable Mention: Will Burns, Bobby Cook, Jay Black, and Charlie Hillegass