On Tuesday, Nov. 19, KO wrapped up its fall athletic season with the Fall Sports Assembly, providing students with memorable and entertaining moments while looking back at this season’s athletic accomplishments.
The assembly took place during the typical Upper School assembly slot and was run by Director of Athletics Debbie Fiske and the SAAC presidents, seniors Angelina Maeselli and Wes Pierce. Students sat with their teams to watch the conclusion of their season together.
The main purpose of the assembly was to put the spotlight on athletes and coaches that some parts of the community may not know too much about. This year, emphasis was put on each team’s unique accomplishments, instead of simply their wins and losses, and how they fared during the season. “I thought we had to get back to tradition and celebrating athletes,” Mrs. Fiske said. “We need to make sure that student athletes get exposure in front of their classmates because there’s a lot of work, time and energy that gets put into the sports teams.”
The assembly started with a slideshow showing pictures of all teams throughout the season, from cross-country meets to both night games. “The slideshow was my favorite part of the assembly,” sophomore Samuel Boley said. “It was fun to see everyone in action and maybe playing sports I didn’t know they did.” The hosts then proceeded to ask students to look underneath their seats, in hopes of finding a Post-It note. Students who found these notes were then asked to join the hosts on stage for a trivia contest. Junior Tori Swanson won the competition after answering questions about specific details and accomplishments from each team.
After that, awards were presented to students through the Athletic Department. Sophomore Mackenzie Caruso won the Unsung Hero Award, awarded to a student may not get the recognition they deserve, but plays a critical role in their team. Junior Eden Nenshati won the KOKO Spirit award, awarded to the student that shows the most school spirit. Junior Christopher Morris won Manager of the Season as well. “My teammates were really happy for me,” he said. “They were even more excited that I was.” The final award was the Performance of the Season, voted on by the student body. While many performances from all sports were not overlooked, junior Sydney Smith took home the award for having 29 kills in varsity volleyball’s match against Loomis Chaffee, helping KO beat them for the first time since 2007.
While most students enjoyed the assembly, Mrs. Fiske and the athletic department will attempt to make it better for future seasons. “There’s always some things you can do better, and I think we want to collect feedback from the students about it,” Mrs. Fiske said. “We want to be more creative, and we want to see what went well, and what didn’t.”
KO’s Fall Sports Assembly was a big success, showcasing the achievements and success of our own student athletes through a variety of entertaining events.