Field Hockey lands 5 on All-Academic team
Due to the pandemic, the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Field Hockey team didn’t play any games on the field in the fall.
Regardless, the Titans still found plenty of success off the field as five team members earned national academic awards.
Charlotte Derose ’21, Grace Dineen ’21, Marenthe Hofstede ’21, Genna Miccoli ’22 and Madeleine Soukup ’22 were named to the 2020 Keith Waldman Optimal Performance Associates/National Field Hockey Coaches Association High School National Academic Squad.
The association recognizes juniors and seniors who have an unweighted GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) or higher.
Below is a comment from Coach Liz Squindo regarding each player
Charlotte Derose has been an impact student-athlete since middle school. The thought she puts into developing her skills - hockey and academics - is impressive. She has diverse course load this year with AP Language, Calculus, AP Environmental, Honors Advanced Physics, US History and AP Studio Art 3D. Between her coursework and leading on the field, Charlotte took on a leadership role in Stone Society, WMA’s gender equality club. Boston University is fortunate to have her in its ranks next year.
Grace Dineen has been an impressive student-athlete for WMA since middle school. While balancing the demands of her own coursework, Grace supports those around her. She is able to connect with her peers in the classroom and on the field, no matter their age or skill level. Mr. Harrington described her as a stalwart of the Atlas (student newspaper) staff this year and an outstanding role model for the young group of reporters on staff.
Marenthe Hofstede was new to the team this year, and her dedication to the game was impressive. Marenthe has made the most of her postgraduate year on the field and in the classroom. She dove into her WMA education by taking a variety of our Center for Entrepreneurship, Economics & Finance classes. As our season's MVP, Marenthe taught her teammates impressive stick skills and we are a better community because of her sincerity and quiet leadership.
Genna Miccoli achieved much academic and athletic success despite a challenging Grade 11 course load, including AP French, Honors Biology and AP Language and Composition. She would have been a central pillar in our midfield line this past season if we had games - a tiring position that requires much mental fortitude and selflessness. Genna also started and leads the "WMA Cares" Club, which focuses on health and wellness within the community.
Madeleine Soukup was new to WMA this year as a Grade 11 student-athlete. She wasted no time diving into a challenging course load and making an impact in our defensive unit on the field hockey team. Her enthusiasm begins in the morning during her classes, where she is a consistent, supportive class participant, and her positive energy doesn't stop when she steps on the turf. We look forward to her leadership on the lacrosse field this spring and next year.