Athletes earn Athlete of the Fall Season award


By Ariana Alcantar, Editor in chief

Four fall sports athletes were recognized with the 2018 Fall Season Athlete award for their hard work and success in the field of play in their respective sport.

Sophomore Kendall Farm has been playing golf for four years. This year, she advanced to the state tournament.

“The best part about golf is that it is a really fun way to get into competitions, get involved, and meet new people,” Farm said.

Farm plans to attend a college or a university and play golf.  

Sophomore Christina Kapetaneas has been playing tennis since she was 8 years old.

Kapetaneas said she’s inspired by people around her who make her want to do her best in life.

“The best part of playing this sport is the challenges it gives in terms of strength both mentally and physically, stamina, and getting enough motivation to play your best throughout the lengthy matches,” Kapetaneas said.

After high school, Kapetaneas plans on attending a university and medical school.

Senior Grace Ramirez has played tennis “for as long as (she) can remember, but didn’t start playing competitively until freshman year.”

Ramirez is inspired by professional tennis players like Serena Williams.
“(She) inspires me not just because she has dominated tennis for two whole decades, but also because she keeps fighting for her goals despite numerous setbacks,” Ramirez said.

After high school, Ramirez plans to attend Loyola University in Chicago to study political science and environmental policy on the pre-law track and will also play competitive tennis there.

“The best part of playing tennis is definitely getting to grow and thrive alongside my teammates,” Ramirez said.

Senior Rikson Naway is a two-year cross country and track and field runner.

Naway uses his personal experience to advise athletes.

“Work hard, focus on school and the sport you are doing, attend all practices and it will pay off for you,” Naway said.

This year, Naway was one of the top seven finishers at regionals that advanced to IHSA.
“One of the best things in cross country is the feeling when you cross the finish and hear the noises from your coach and teammates,” Naway said.

Naway plans to attend  Lewis University to study aviation.

Athletes were honored Nov. 13 during the Board of Education meeting.