As I reflect on the close of another academic year, I am vividly reminded of the old ABC: Wide World of Sports theme, "The thrill of the victory, and the agony of defeat." These iconic words preceded ABC's sports coverage each weekend and helped define those unavoidable feelings of competition at the highest levels. When I hear this quote, I reflect on the many wins and losses that shaped this year, and how critical both the highs and lows are for the learning process for each of our student-athletes.
To compete in the Inter-Academic League is no easy task. Even for our best team in each sport, a win is never a guarantee on any given game day. Our students must work incredibly hard to be ready both mentally and physically for each competition they face. While at the same time our students are working just as hard to prepare for the challenges they face in the classroom. They seek opportunities to test themselves against the best student-athletes in our region, while not limiting themselves to only the competition on the field.
What you might not know is that our student-athletes are also pushing themselves in other ways on campus. They star in lead roles for the Malvern Theatre Society (MTS), serve as leaders for our Student Council, contribute to high-level scientific research, help shape freshman orientation through their leadership in the Adelphia Society, and each gives back hundreds of hours in service to those less fortunate in our surrounding community. And this is over and above the time they commit to their sport.
It is no surprise, that when it comes to considering their next academic home after Malvern, 34% of this year's Class of 2019 chose to continue to include a sport in that calculation. These students are choosing between some of the best colleges and universities for the next level of competition. In this year's class, our student-athletes chose to attend colleges like Stanford, Penn, Georgetown, Bowdoin, Middlebury, Lafayette, Bucknell, Colgate, Holy Cross, Franklin & Marshall, and Villanova, just to name a few. Each of these colleges expects a significant commitment to academics, in addition to the talent required to participate in their NCAA Division program.
The Class of 2019 is uniquely prepared to face the "thrill of victory, and agony of defeat" given all that they have faced here on Warren Ave. Because of Malvern, they carry the values of Truth, Unity, and Love with them, to help them adjust and deal with the next level of challenges in the classroom and on the athletic field at the college level.
Malvern Preparatory School is an Augustinian School, Catholic and Independent for boys in grades 6 through 12, located in the Greater Philadelphia suburb of Malvern, Pa. We are committed to the Augustinian values of Veritas, Unitas, and Caritas, meaning Truth, Unity, and Love.