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2022 Athletic Awards Recap

Daniel Clarke
The annual St. Luke’s Athletics Awards Night on Tuesday, May 31, celebrated the accomplishments of all 20 Upper School sports and our student-athletes.

The event was held in the Seldin Performing Arts Center, where St. Luke’s honored a record 331 students who participated in Upper School athletics. 

Athletic Director Mike West, Associate Athletic Director Jennifer Besgen, Assistant Athletic Director Anna Knechtel, Assistant Athletic Trainer Nicole Guido, and Sports Information Specialist Dan Clarke collaborated on the event, where the outstanding achievements of St. Luke's student-athletes and the community members who helped them succeed were recognized.

Guests took a look back at the year with highlight videos dedicated to each of the three seasons, as well as a special one devoted to the Class of 2022 athletes. The 52 three-sport athletes, another record for the Storm, and the 20 student-athletes who will play athletics at the collegiate received special recognition.

Karey Balkind ‘22 and Henry Robb ‘22 were two of only a handful of students from across the league to receive the FAA Scholar-Athlete Award. To qualify for this accolade, a student-athlete has to rank in the top 10% of their senior class and have taken at least three advanced courses. Nominees must be multi-sport athletes who were honored as All-League FAA athletes within the last 12 months.

West was delighted with how the evening unfolded: “It was a great evening to recognize and celebrate our athletes. The culture of multi-sport participation is strong, and the desire to get the most out of each and every moment together was on full display at the awards ceremony and throughout the year. This year’s awards celebration reinforced our strong sense of community and put an exclamation point on a year like no other.”

2021-2022 Athletic Award Winners 
Outstanding Senior Athletes: 
Caroline Lau ‘22 and Everett Andersen ‘22
Peter Stratton Memorial (humanitarianism, team spirit, companionship, sportsmanship, and overall contribution to St. Luke’s): 
Lili Messina ‘22, Annalise Correia ‘22, and Fritz Laibe ‘22
Herbert Upson Memorial (sportsmanship, dedication, over-achievement, and intense desire to succeed): 
Andrea DiTeodoro ‘22 and Michael Riley ‘22
Athlete of DIstinction: 

Andrea DiTeodoro ‘22 and Caitlin Neafsey ‘22
Storm Award (Leadership & Performance): 
9th Grade – Georgia Bennett ‘25 and Will Moskowitz ‘25
10th Grade – Alex Bacher ‘24 and Watson Meyer ‘24
11th Grade –  Mackenzie Nelson ‘23 and Eoin Mueller ‘23
12th Grade – Layla Magnusen ‘22 and Aren Cummings ‘22
FAA Scholar-Athletes: 
Karey Balkind ‘22 and Henry Robb ‘22
Athletics/Service (Joyce Andersen): 
Matthew Sherter ‘22
Team Manager of the Year: 
Abby Thomas ‘23
Sportsmanship Team of the Year: 
Volleyball 
Storm Supporter of the Year (Game Management Personnel): 
Evan Downey

Middle School Coach of the Year: 
Jean Myles 
Upper School Coach of the Year: 
Emily Walsh 
Heart of the Storm/Teddy Balkind Memorial Award (Teammate Honor for Commitment and Effort): 
Cross Country – Henry Robb ‘22
Field Hockey – Sloan Barker ‘22
Football – Matt O’Connor ‘22
Boys Soccer – George Foster ‘23
Girls Soccer – Elli O’Meara ‘22 and Ali Gall ‘22
Volleyball – Karey Balkind ‘22
Boys Basketball – Sean Clemons ‘22 and Ryan Frank ‘22
Girls Basketball – Caroline Lau ‘22
Ice Hockey – Jared Kramer ‘22
Ski – Dakota Kelly ‘22
Boys Squash – Peter Cioffi ‘23
Girls Squash - Catherine Clark ‘22 and Olivia Jones ‘22
Baseball – Teddy Cashman ‘22
Boys Golf – Ben Loomis ‘22
Boys Lacrosse – Dillon Mannix ‘22
Girls Lacrosse – Macy Owsley ‘22
Softball – Jessie Hausman ‘22
Boys Tennis – Reed Parmelee ‘22
Girls Tennis – Layla Magnusen ‘22
Girls Golf – Sloan Barker ‘22
Honorary Varsity Letters (Given to SLS seniors who fully commit to sports that are not offered at school): 
Swimming – Nicholas Besgen ‘22
Riding – Anna Bradley ‘22
Rowing – Mac Busby ‘22
Swimming – Amira El Hattab ‘22
Swimming – Eason Jones ‘22
Swimming – Finnbar Regan ‘22

Watch the livestream of the Athletic Awards Ceremony below.

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