The MBS tennis team won yesterday’s match against Dutchess Day School, 3-1. The match was competitive, friendly, and fun.
Matt B. won his singles match with a shutout, 6-0. Nick S. won his singles match, 6-2. For the last win, Eliza and Jamieson just obtained the win with a 4-3 match result. Writes Coach Jenna Mazzuchelli, “I’d like to acknowledge Maya T. and Sophia M. for winning two games during their set, as well!”
Well done to all the tennis players, and congratulations on your win(s) MBS athletes!
The athlete of the month for April is being awarded to Jonathan Murphy, a Maplebrook senior and member of the MBS Society of Honor. Jonathan came into tennis this year as a beginner, with the goal of trying something new for his final athletic season at MBS. His eagerness to learn the sport, dedication to practice, and willingness to always help and provide positive encouragement to his teammates has made him an enormous asset to the team this season.
During matches, Jonathan always treats his fellow tennis players with great respect, on both the MBS team and opposing teams; his exemplary sportsmanship has drawn praise from coaches and players on other schools’ teams. Additionally, Jonathan’s serving, receiving, and score-keeping skills continue to improve with every match.
Maplebrook alumnus, Rodney Smith, Jr. (Class of 2008) is serving both his older and younger neighbors in the community of Huntsville, AL with his organization, Raising Men Lawn Care Service.
After graduating from Maplebrook School in 2008, Mr. Smith went onto college in Alabama, where he earned a degree in computer science. In 2015, Smith founded R.M.L.C.S., which provides free lawn care and driveway snow-shoveling services to Huntsville residents who are elderly, veterans, disabled, and single mothers by organizing boys and girls (7-17) to lend their neighbors a hand. In doing so, R.M.L.C.S. not only gives back to the community by taking care of lawns, but also fosters confidence and a growing sense of community awareness & responsibility in the youth who take the rakes and shovels into their hands to serve their neighbors.
In addition to being a mentor for the younger members of his Alabama community, Mr. Smith is an inspiring member of our alumni – one that current Maplebrook students can look up to as a role model. “His sensitivity and devotion towards others is amazing,” states Maplebook Head of School, Donna Konkolics. “Needless to say we are quite proud of Rodney.”
On Sunday, April 9, 2017 Maplebrook School will once again be a sponsor of the Hand in Hand 5K Run/Walk over the Hudson, the proceeds of which go towards the Panichi Center for Communication & Learning. This annual event is a great opportunity for our students to participate in the local community and to give back – and we invite you to join us!
New for this year, the race will be starting on the Poughkeepsie side of the Walkway over the Hudson, at 61 Parker Avenue. Entry fees are $20 for runners who register before race day (day-of fee is $25) and $10 for walkers. The first 125 runners will receive an event T-shirt, and prizes will be awarded to the first-place female and male runners. The walking event is non-competitive. Families with little ones are invited to participate as well – children under 5 can walk (or run!) in this event for free.
Downloadable registration and pledge forms may be found here on the Maplebrook School website. For more information on this event, or to pre-register, please call Tabitha at 845-373-9511 ext. 257. Registration for the 5K is also available online through active.com. We hope to see you at the Walkway on April 9th!
Eliza Goodall has been chosen as the February Athlete of the Month for her quality sportsmanship and skill demonstrated during the 2017 swimming season. Eliza is a veteran swimmer and excels in the pool, where she can execute a number of swimming strokes flawlessly. Eliza is also a talented diver.
Along with her natural athletic ability, Eliza is a great teammate. Always willing to help her fellow swimmers during practice and motivate them to complete drills, her drive and care for others has fostered a positive atmosphere around the MBS Pool.