Recently, Foxcroft School students have achieved truly impressive accomplishments. These include:
Senior Olivia Mascatello, who has used Foxcroft School’s Exceptional Proficiency Program to train for four years, earned a trip to the 2016 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships Saturday (Jan.30) when she and her Team Delaware Junior Team skated to victory at the Eastern Synchronized Skating Sectional Championships in Richmond, VA.
The national championship — Olivia’s third with Team Delaware – takes place February 24-27, in Kalamazoo, MI. The team, coached by Megan O’Donnell and Wendy Deppe, consists of 17 girls from Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia. At Nationals, Team Delaware will be one of 14 squads — four from each of the three U.S. sectionals and two from overseas. As with sectionals, the competition will consist of a short program and the long program, or “free skate.”
Olivia, a Middleburg resident will be very busy preparing.
“Our practice schedule will increase,” she said Monday. “Most likely I will be traveling to Delaware for practice every Wednesday and on the weekends.”
Olivia can handle this schedule, along with the hours of individualized training she does at the Ice House in Ashburn, VA, and maintain her academic and community activities at Foxcroft because of the School’s unique EP Program.
World Equestrian Festival
Another participant in Foxcroft’s Exceptional Proficiency Program, Eliza Fauntleroy of Manakin Sabot, VA, is off to a successful start at the World Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL. Last week, the freshman was champion in the Small Junior Huntter Owner/Rider division on Tenerife, a horse that her older sister, Noel, showed with success for many years.
Eliza trains with Danny Robertshaw and Ron Danta (hunters) and Alison Firestone Robitaille (jumpers), who is a graduate of Foxcroft and a member of its Sports Hall of Fame. Eliza is a comer: In November, she rode another horse, Hollywood, to first place in the Small Junior Hunter 15 & under class and collected ribbons in three other classes at the Washington International Horse Show.
Since Robitaille was a student in the 1990s, Foxcroft has offered its unique EP Program, which enables a student with a special talent and a compelling passion to spend time away from campus to train, compete, and pursue her personal dream.
Figure skaters, singers, sport climbers and motorcycle racers – among others – have participated and, each winter, several riders spend the time in Wellington, training with Foxcroft School Director of Riding Kate Worsham or with other trainers. Sloane Coles, Nellie Foosaner, Alexa Weeks Pessoa lead a long list of Foxcroft students who have gone become successful Grand Prix competitors.
National Academic Squad
Senior Pipsy Steyn and juniors Allison Buffenbarger and Lindsay Woods have been named to the 2015 High School National Academic Squad by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association, according to Athletic Director Michelle Woodruff. Steyn and Buffenbarger are Lessburg residents; Woods lives in Philomont.
The National Academic Squad program recognizes high school seniors and juniors who have achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 out of 4.0, or the equivalent, through the first quarter of the 2015-16 school year. All three athletes, who also earned All-State honors, accomplished this.
In addition, Allison and Lindsay were recognized as Scholars of Distinction because they achieved a minimum cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.9 out of 4.0.
The trio were all named to VISAA Division II All-State First Team after helping to lead Foxcroft to a 15-3-1 record and a spot in the Virginia state championship game, where the team fell to Fredericksburg Academy 4-3.
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