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Our 2018 Senior MVPs

Dustin Stensby '18


Sports: Football, Tennis, Basketball
Hometown: Winchester, TN
College Plans: The University of the South
Dustin received Most Valuable Player honors in football, was named to the MTAC All-Conference team, and was MTAC Bowl Game Eligible. He was named Most Improved Player in tennis. His junior year, he received the Coaches’ Award in baseball. He participated in the school’s Costa Rica Sea Turtle and Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Programs. Dustin, an honors student at SAS, will continue his football career at Sewanee.

Zhaoqi Zhang '18


Sports: Mountain Biking, Tennis
Hometown: Shenzhen, China
College Plans: Ohio State University
Zhang was a four-year varsity athlete in tennis and a three-year member of the varsity mountain biking team. He earned the Most Improved Player and Coaches’ Award in tennis and was a three-year MVP in mountain biking. An Honors student, proctor, and past recipient of the school’s Students Helping Out Weekly (SHOW) award, Zhang enjoyed the opportunity to take courses at the University of the South, where he enrolled in World Politics, Calculus II, Macroeconomics, and Linear Algebra. He was a member of the school’s Barbell, Cycling, and International Clubs. He plants to major in mechanical engineering.

Rachel Alvarez '18


Sports: Soccer
Hometown: Sewanee, TN
College Plans: The University of the South
An outstanding soccer goalie, Rachel was a four-year varsity member of the team, winning the Coaches’ Award her freshman year and named Most Valuable Player and to the All-District team her senior year. Rachel was an Honors student and served the school as a proctor, service coordinator, and co-president of Dub (spirit) Club. She was a member of the Senior Banner Committee and Senior Gift Committee and was chosen by her classmates to co-present the gift and banner at Honors Day. Rachel was co-recipient of this year’s Day Student Award given by the faculty to the individual whose character and involvement in the life of the school have contributed significantly to the SAS community. Over the years, she participated in History Club, International Club, Write Club, and Strength & Conditioning, and performed in Creative Expression Assemblies. She traveled with the school on the Yellowstone Wildlife and Costa Rica Sea Turtle Ecology Programs. She intends to continue her soccer career at Sewanee.

Aubrey Black '18


Sports: Tennis, Golf, Basketball
Hometown: Sewanee, TN
College Plans: The University of the South
Aubrey was a four-year, three-sport athlete playing tennis, golf, and basketball. He was a four-year MVP in tennis. His senior year, he placed 4th in doubles at the district tournament, qualified for the regional tournament, received the Coaches’ Award, and was named to the All-District team. In golf, he received Most Improved Player for two years, and, in his senior year, placed fourth in the district, qualified for regionals, and was named MVP and to the All-District team. He received the Coaches’ Award in basketball his senior year. In addition to his athletic interests, Aubrey was a High Honors student, a proctor, and a member of the Honor Council. He won honors in Chinese and traveled with the school for the Jamaica Service Trip, the Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Program, and the Costa Rica Sea Turtle Ecology Program. Aubrey will continue his golf career at Sewanee.

Carolyn Bruce '18


Sports: Volleyball
Hometown: Sewanee, TN
College Plans: Rhodes College
Carolyn was a four-year starter for the varsity volleyball team. She received the Most Improved Player her freshman year and was co-captain and received the Most Valuable Player award her senior year. Salutatorian of the Class of 2018, Carolyn was a High Honors student, a proctor, and a member of the Honor Council. She received academic awards in Latin, math, and English. Carolyn participated in the school’s Creative Expression Assemblies and in ECO-SAS, Global and Local Outreach, and Write Club. She was an avid thespian and singer and had major roles in many school productions. She performed a solo recital her senior year. Carolyn was co-vice president of Random Acts of Kindness, organized a fundraiser through the club for Guatemala Youth Initiative, helped to encourage and organize SAS student involvement in Morton Memorial Methodist Church’s food ministry, and participated in Mountain T.O.P.’s summer programs and the SAS 2015 Jamaica service trip. She received the Lulu Hampton Owen Service Award given to the individual who has shown outstanding service to the school and to the community-at-large.

Blaise Zeitler '18


Sports: Football, Basketball, Cross Country, Track, Baseball
Hometown: Sewanee, TN
College Plans: Millsaps College
Blaise was named 2018 Best Male Athlete. He received Most Improved Player honors his freshman year in baseball and was named MVP in basketball his sophomore and senior years. He scored over 1,000 points in basketball and was named to the All-District basketball team three times. He was also named an All-Star in football and was part of this year’s MTAC Bowl Game Eligible team. Blaise was a proctor and SAS Ambassador. Blaise was president of the school’s Dub (spirit) Club and a member of the Christian Athletes and Race Awareness & Dialogue Clubs. He was an avid participant in the school’s film program and showed three of his films in Creative Expression Assemblies. As part of his service commitment, he helped to maintain the SAS Farm and participated in the school’s Jamaica service trip. Blaise will continue his basketball career in college.


Ester Yang '18


Sports: Tennis, Swimming, Basketball
Hometown: Nanjing, China
College Plans: University of Washington
Ester was a four-year MVP and two-year captain for the varsity tennis team, a three-time state qualifier, and the 2017 State Runner-Up. She was named to the All-District tennis team this year and her team qualified for the Division II-A State tournament. She also participated on the school’s swim team and basketball team, earning Most Improved Swimmer her junior year. She was named SAS’s 2018 Best Female Athlete. Ester was a High Honors student, a member of the Honor Council, a proctor, and an SAS Ambassador. She received the Sewanee Military Academy Memorial Merit Award for academic excellence, athletic proficiency and accomplishments, and outstanding character. She has received academic honors in math and science. She took full advantage of SAS’s opportunity to take courses at The University of the South, taking classes in World Politics, Calculus II, Linear Algebra, and Introduction to Macroeconomics. Over the years, she participated in the school’s International Club, Math Club, and Anime Club.

Emmanuel Thombs '18


Sports: Football, Basketball, Track
Hometown: Raleigh., NC
College Plans: Wittenberg University
Emmanuel broke the school’s high jump record and was named Most Valuable track athlete. He was a member of this year’s MTAC Bowl Game Eligible football team and was voted Most Improved Player in basketball his junior year. Emmanuel was an Honors student and served SAS as a proctor and SAS Ambassador. He was a two-year participant in the Sewanee Young Writers Conference and participated in the North Carolina Clinical Education program. Emmanuel intends to continue his track career in college.

Sarah Johnson '18


Sports: Soccer, Basketball, Track
Hometown: Gruetli-Laager, TN
College Plans: The University of the South
Sarah was a proctor, an SAS Ambassador, and competed for two years on the track team and four years on the basketball and soccer teams. She was co-captain of the basketball team. Over the years, she received Most Improved Player awards in soccer and basketball, Most Valuable Player awards in track and basketball, and the Coaches’ Award for soccer. Sarah was co-recipient of the Day Student Award given to the individual whose character and involvement in the life of the school have contributed significantly to the SAS community. As a junior, she received the SMA Junior Leadership Award. She was a co-president of the Barbell Club and a member of the Spanish Club. She exhibited her pottery in the SAS Gallery and her work was chosen for presentation as this year’s Colmore Award. Sarah participated in the school’s outreach trip to Jamaica. She will continue her basketball career at Sewanee.

Bailey McLean '18


Sports: Soccer, Football, Track, Wrestling
Hometown: Sewanee, TN
College Plans: University of North Georgia
Bailey earned Most Improved Player and Most Valuable Player honors in wrestling and the Most Improved Player and Coaches’ Award in football. He was captain of the football and wrestling teams and was MTAC Bowl Game Eligible in football. Bailey was an Honors student and an SAS Ambassador. Over the years, he was a member of the climbing team, the History Club, and the radio station. Bailey participated in the school’s Yellowstone Wildlife Ecology Project. He is an Eagle Scout and received the President’s Volunteer Service Award. In the fall, he will attend the University of North Georgia.

Catherine Gray '18


Sports: Swimming
Hometown: Winchester, TN
College Plans: University of Tennessee-Knoxville
Catherine a three-year member of the varsity swim team, qualified for state competition in the 100 Back, and received the Most Valuable Swimmer award each year. Catherine was an Honors student and an SAS Ambassador. She was active in the school’s pottery program, exhibited her work in the SAS Gallery this spring, and was co-recipient of the Advanced Functional Pottery award. In addition to her school activities, she was a lifeguard and participated in a mission trip to Columbia through Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

Yihao "Steven" Zhu '18


Sports: Soccer, Football
Hometown: Shanghai, China
College Plans: Purdue University
Steven was named Most Valuable Player for the school’s varsity soccer team and was a member of the school’s MTAC Bowl Game Eligible football team. He was an Honors student and served as a proctor. Steven took advantage of the opportunity to take courses at the University of the South, completing Calculus I and II.

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