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Seattle Academy Announces Athletic Contribution Awards

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Emerson Richmond-Burke '19 (middle) hands Elise Gundlach '23 (left) the Bruce Baldwin Award for athletic contribution while Trevor Dunningan '19 (right) looks on. 

At their yearly Senior Lunch and Curtain Call events, Seattle Academy recognized their annual athletics contribution awards. These awards are given each year to the young men and women who have contributed the most to the Seattle Academy athletic program through leadership, courage, sportsmanship, and excellence. These multi-sport athletes embody the core values of Seattle Academy of trust, respect, integrity, and responsibility through sports.

This year there were co-winners in both the Middle and Upper Schools.

For the Upper School boys’ award, seniors Kel Chen and Trevor Dunnigan were honored.  The Upper School girls’ award, named after Katherine Olson, honored seniors Rusha Bartlett and Emerson Richmond-Burke. In the Middle School, the Bruce Baldwin Award, went to 8th graders Lucy Bishop, Elise Gundlach, Ryan Heyworth, and John King. 

Kel was a two sport athlete in wrestling and Ultimate. He was the team captain for the wrestling team and is the first wrestler to represent Seattle Academy at the state wrestling tournament. “He is one of the toughest kids that I have ever coached,” said his coach Allen Stein.  “He learned the sport in just a few months.” Kel also won the team Coaches’ Award this past season for the Ultimate team.

Trevor has been an outstanding member of the Seattle Academy track and Ultimate programs throughout his time at SAAS. This past year he was named and Emerald City League (ECL) 1st Team All Star in track and placed fifth in state in the most difficult of sports – the pole vault.  In Ultimate, Trevor was a four-year starter, and this past year was named and ECL 1st Team All Stat and won the team Coaches’ Award. Said his track coach Kate Carlson, “He has a quiet focus, consistent and coachable, and a real self-awareness to compete and improve each day.” 

Rusha was a team captain in both volleyball and basketball and in her senior year also played lacrosse. This past fall she won the team Coaches’ Award for volleyball. This past winter Rusha also won the basketball team’s Most Valuable Player Award. Says her basketball coach, Joel DeBruhl, “I was lucky enough to coach her for three years, and I could always count on the maximum effort from her. She finished most games battered and bruised, but always with a smile.”

Emerson was a three sport athlete in soccer, basketball, and Ultimate and is a two-time ECL Most Valuable Player, winning the award in soccer her junior year and Ultimate her senior year. This incredible accomplishment, winning two MVP awards in different sports, is the first time any individual in school history has accomplished this feat. Says her Ultimate coach Alyssa Weatherford, “She was the legs of the program the moment she stepped on the field. This year she was the heart.” 

Also at the Senior Lunch, the Cardinals honored the five senior athletes who have signed their letter of intent to continue playing sports at the NCAA D1 level.  Baseball extraordinaire Owen Cobb, a shortstop at Garfield, will attend Stanford University. Tennis standout, and state doubles champion, Anders Gibbons accepted an offer to play and attend Dartmouth University. Soccer standout and ECL Most Valuable Player, Emerson Richmond-Burke will attend Stonybrook. Also in soccer, the school’s all-time leading scorer Adrian Valentine signed a letter of intent to attend Fordham. Rounding out the D1 athletes, Gage Raftery signed a letter of intent to attend Providence and also play soccer.

Congratulations to all our award winners and best of luck at the next level to all our seniors playing in college!


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