Athletes of the Week (AOW) are selected based on athletic performance and sportsmanship. Positive sporting behaviour is valued at KES and integral to our athletic philosophy and School mission statement emphasizing gentleness, learning, dignity, and respect. These student athletes also reflect the seven principles of “true sport” which states: go for it, play fair, respect others, keep it fun, stay healthy, include everyone, and give back.
For the Week of February 13-20
Junior Girl – Maria Jose Pedroza Leon ‘27 joined the ski team to become a better skier and asked the coaches if it would be okay if she did not race competitively but to come and support the team. Fast forward to the first regional race of the season, and Maria was excited to participate and put her training to work placing, and she placed second in the region in the junior girl category. This was due to her mature approach to training, while continuing to have fun. Well done, Maria!
Senior Girl – Valentina Hoehne’s ‘25 mature commitment to training and her willingness to try new styles and techniques, all while having fun, allowed her to lead the intermediate KES girls team to a first-place finish at the first regional ski race this season. She also placed first individually. Congratulations, Valentina!
Senior Boy – Raphael Rebernik ‘25 arrived at KES in January, and he has been participating wholeheartedly with the ski team on-snow training and team-building classroom sessions with his big smile and easy-going manner. A certified ski instructor in Austria, he brings seasoned talent that he has been willing to tweak for racing. At the first race of the season, he placed first in the intermediate boys category, leading his team of five Grade 9 and 10 boys to a first-place finish. Congratulations Raphi!
For the Week of February 21-26
Junior Boy – Alonso Lacayo Rubio ‘27 has approached every ski day and training session with energy and excitement. He has listened closely to coach feedback in order to improve his technical skiing, and he has loved racing the moment he entered his first training course. In the first race of the season, he placed fifth in the very competitive junior boy category. Well done, Alonso!
Junior Girl – Lillian Blois ‘27 is a multitalented student-athlete. As her main sport is swimming in the winter season, she is only able to join the snowboard team once a week and for races. When she is at practice, she tries her best to get the most out of every single run. Her efforts were rewarded with a first-place finish in the first race of the western region. Even though she missed one rehearsal to compete in the race, she did a phenomenal job portraying Grandpa Joe in the Junior School musical Willy Wonka Jr. Great work, Lillian.
Senior Girl – Doreen Xing’s ‘23 riding has improved significantly since she joined the varsity snowboard team in Grade 9. Her riding has never looked better than it does right now. She was excited and pumped to finally compete again in a race, and she started off with a solid third-place podium finish in the first regional race.
Senior Boy – Fox Sullivan ‘24 is putting in a lot of work on the snow to scratch off every millisecond on the giant slalom course. Additionally, he is demonstrating great leadership by helping to set slalom courses during practice as well as providing valuable feedback to his peers. He achieved a first-place finish in the first snowboard race of the western region. Fox was overall the second-fastest racer that day (18 racers western region and 32 racers capital region) being 0.06 seconds short to tie for first place overall.
Director of Athletics
Long Pond Invitational