Two Class of 2022 students have been selected to receive the 2021 Coach Sheahan Excellence Award: Margaret “Maggie” McIntyre ’22 and Kelsea Saulny ’22. The award is named after the late Bill Sheahan, who coached the Academy’s basketball team to its 115-game winning streak and enjoyed a 27-year relationship with the Academy. It is presented to a rising senior who exemplifies the values that Coach Sheahan ascribed to in his own life and coaching style: A Christ-centered life, a devotion to family, a conscientious student, a leader and person of integrity and commitment who is loyal to herself, her school, and her community. The award includes a scholarship towards tuition.
Both recipients were nominated by Volleyball Coach David Geiser. In Maggie’s nomination, Coach Geiser wrote: “Maggie is a humble and caring young woman who is respectful to all and is an active and positive supporter of her teammates. She is a fierce competitor but not at the expense of others. She consistently demonstrates a high level of sportsmanship, and her strong faith underlies her outwardly calm presence. She is an extremely hard worker, a quiet yet confident leader, and a trustworthy individual.” In Kelsea’s nomination, Coach Geiser wrote: “Kelsea has a strong connection and passion for helping her community which she has demonstrated through her extensive community service and civic engagement efforts. She consistently demonstrates accountability, not only for herself but her teammates as well. She is a beacon of positive energy that emanates from her strong commitment to her faith.”
On Friday, May 28, the awards were presented during the Underclass Awards Ceremony by Athletic Director Dena Rapoport.