Students, faculty and parents celebrated the accomplishments of Western Reserve Academy's student athletes during the spring Athletic Awards Ceremony on May 19 in the Chapel.
In addition to the presentation of 34 awards to student athletes in seven varsity sports, senior Jack McKenzie, a Hudson resident, earned a Gold Medal -- the school's highest athletic honor -- bringing the number of Gold Medal winners to 275 since the first was awarded in the 1950-51 academic year.
McKenzie is the 12th baseball player to win the award and the first since 2003.
Named as Most Valuable Players for the spring athletic season were:
• Baseball: Joseph Mylott (junior) and Patrick Mylott (junior)
• Softball: Kelsey Gordon (senior)
• Girls lacrosse: Hudson resident Maggie Wise (senior)
• Boys tennis: Grant MacPherson (senior)
• Boys lacrosse: Robbie Markwell (senior) and Otto Bohan (sophomore)
• Boys track and field: Robert Head (senior) and Kendall Anderson (sophomore)
• Girls track and field: Anne Carter (senior)
The Carl Basnett Award, given by the Class of 1965 to honor the memory of Carl Basnett, was presented to seniors Nate Lund of Hudson and Tricia Cunningham.
In addition to the award winners, Director of Athletics & Afternoon Programs Herb Haller recognized the 265 student athletes who earned letters this year in 23 varsity sports.
He also acknowledged the 36 students who were varsity captains and the nine seniors who were three-sport letter winners.