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Joe Schneider '15 wins basketball gold at Maccabiah Games

By Ashley Bradway '18

Joseph Schneider '15 has gone where very few athletes have gone before — both literally and metaphorically.

Joe represented the United States on the men's open basketball team for ages 18-25 during the 20th annual Maccabiah Games this summer. The Maccabiah Games, often referred to as the "Jewish Olympics," take place every four years in Israel. More than 10,000 athletes from 80 countries participated in the games, including a number of Olympic medalists, record holders and world-class athletes. But despite the odds, Joe's team won all six games it played, earning the gold.

A few years ago, Joe participated in the Jewish Community Center Maccabiah; the coach saw his skill and recommended he try out for the official games. The tryouts occur in New York and California, and attract an eclectic mix of athletes, as Joe describes, "some people played professionally in teams in Europe; others were college students like me."

Four years ago, the Amherst College standout tried out for the team and didn't make it, but he came back, and this time he made the cut— along with 11 others.

The group traveled to Israel and spent a week touring the country before the games and seeing important sites like the Western Wall and the City of David. The tours are part of the Maccabiah's mission to strengthen participant's connection to the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

It was Joe's first time in Israel — an experience he is not apt to forget. As he explains, "It was awesome being able to compete with 10,000 other athletes like myself who were Jewish; of course we were there to win gold, but we were also so proud of being of being Jewish and being surrounded by people just like us."

Andrew G. Veitch '65

Andrew G. Veitch '65 wrote, "Last spring I was initiated into the Buzzards Society of the Stamford (CT) Yacht Club for having participated in at least 10 Vineyard races. The 238-mile Vineyard race is a yearly yacht race held Labor Day weekend starting from Stamford to the Buzzards Bay light tower and back to Stamford passing south of Block Island."

Jeff Buchholz '80

Jeff Buchholz '80 is currently working at IBM as a sales engineer but earned his funeral director/embalmer license this year. He's been married for 29 years to Tracey Beckstead Buchholz. They have two children, Brenton, a senior at American International College, and William a junior at Cheney Technical High School.

Judy Wesson Candage '82

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Teresa (Holuk) Bruno '99 and Frank Bruno '98

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Andrea Stanley '94

Valley Malt, a business started by Andrea Stanley '94 and her husband Christian, has been featured in Amy Halloran's new book, "The New Bread Basket: How the New Crop of Grain Growers, Plant Breeders, Millers, Maltsters, Bakers, Brewers, and Local Food Activists Are Redefining Our Daily Loaf." From Amy, "Take Andrea and Christian Stanley, a couple who taught themselves the craft of malting and opened the first malthouse in New England in one hundred years. Such pioneering grain projects give consumers an alternative to industrial bread and beer, and return their production to a scale that respects people, local communities, and the health of the environment."

Jennifer Junkin '01

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Jonathan Winegar-Mendez '02

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Pat Phelan '04

The "New England Soccer Journal" ranked Pat Phelan '04 #40 in their Top 50 Greatest Players From New England in the January-February 2016 issue. They referred to him as a "rugged operator patrolling the New England Revolution midfield" with "combative qualities." Pat spent most of his six-year pro career with the New England Revolution. Congratulations Pat!

David Kreps '06

David Kreps '06 has been busy since his days at WMA. After graduating from the University of Southern Maine with a bachelor's in biology, David went on to American International College for graduate school. In May 2015 he earned a doctorate in physical therapy, received the Community Service Award at graduation, passed the national physical therapy exam and is now a licensed physical therapist. David currently works at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Springfield, Mass.

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