The University of Richmond Department of Athletics hosted their annual Scholar Athlete Breakfast on Monday, November 5, where they honored fifty-nine student-athletes for their academic accomplishments, including the top scholars from each team and the teams with the top cumulative GPA from the 2017-18 school year. 2015 Archmere Academy graduate Colleen Carney, a senior cross country and track & field runner at the university, was not only among that group, but was also awarded the biggest honor of the day. Colleenwas named the University of Richmond Scholar Athlete of the Year. Colleen is completing her dual degree in Leadership Studies and Healthcare Studies.
The University of Richmond's website wrote, "It's such an incredible honor to recognize so many student-athletes for their academic achievements," said Assistant Athletic Director for Academics Bruce Matthews. "It's remarkable what they're able to accomplish at an institution that challenges you both academically and athletically."
To read Colleen's bio and her college accolades, click here.
Former Mastersinger and Archmere Academy graduate Alexander Weir '17 sings with the Tanglewood Festival Choir, performing throughout the year with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops. Alexander was part of a small group of choir members, who, together with a few Boston Symphony Children’s Choir members, and members of the Boston Pops brass and percussion sections, performed the National Anthem at Game 2 of the World Series in Boston last week. Alex is a sophomore at Northeastern University, majoring in finance, and minoring in music performance.
John Yasik '77 set Archmere's record 4:16.8 in 1,500 meters at 1976 New Castle County Championships and anchored Auks’ record-setting two-mile relay foursome. Other scholastic accomplishments included state Junior Olympic mile title, two runner-up finishes in county cross country meet and third-place finish in states.
At the University of Delaware, John ran on three East Coast Conference championship track teams, was part of record-setting 4 x 1,500-meter unit and qualified for 1980 NCAA Cross Country Regionals. He later became one of the state’s top road racers and clocked a 2:30:19 at the 1985 Boston Marathon. He then founded the cross country program at Newark’s Holy Angels School in Catholic Youth Ministries and started the Neighborhood Relays, an annual Olympic-style track meet in Hockessin.
The opportunity to appear in “Unplanned” unfolded unconventionally. Corsini had been in touch with producers, then lost contact. Suddenly, in February, one of them was a customer in the restaurant where she worked. She got an audition and was on the “Unplanned” set in Stillwater, Okla., by May. A book of the same name written by Johnson provides an unvarnished view of abortion. Corsini’s character is in the thick of the hypocrisy Johnson encounters from within Planned Parenthood.
“I play Megan,” Corsini said. “I work at Planned Parenthood with her. We’re very, very close friends and I go on this journey with her. It’s me, her and this other girl, Taylor. Do we stay at Planned Parenthood or leave? We’re really the three who are trying to get out.”
Corsini has been advised that she may be able to develop a niche for acting in roles that help deliver a message in society, and that really appeals to her.
“I want to be an actress because I want to inspire people by large numbers. I want people to leave the theater thinking, ‘Oh, my gosh, my life has been changed.’”
The College Board’s Advanced Placement Program (AP) provides willing and academically prepared students with the opportunity to take rigorous college-level courses while still in high school, and to earn college credit, advanced placement, or both for successful performance on the AP Exams. About 22 percent of the more than 2.2 million students worldwide who took AP Exams performed at a sufficiently high level to also earn an AP Scholar Award. The College Board recognizes several levels of achievement based on students’ performance on AP Exams.
Eighteen students at Archmere Academy qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average score of 4 or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and scores of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. These students are from the Class of 2018 – Lauren Chua, Gillen Curren, Dara Dawson, Amanda Denning, Sophie Friedman, Natasha Gengler, Madison Larmore, Helen Laster, Anna Martino, Madyson McDougal, Shreyas Parab, Krupa Patel, Connor Smeader, Brant Wesley, Jackson Whallon, Alisa Yakovenko, Anna Zdunek, and Grace Zhang.