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TASIS 2019–2020 Athletes of the Year Announced

TASIS Athletic Director Masa Yo ’04 and Associate Athletic Director Alex Zanecchia ’02 hosted a virtual Winter Sports and Academic Year Sports Awards assembly for all High School athletes and coaches on the afternoon of May 15, recapping the winter sports season and announcing the recipients of the 2019–2020 Athlete of the Year awards. The full assembly can be watched above.

“Although we are sad that we can’t do this in person together, today we will acknowledge the winter season sports award winners as well as the 2019–2020 academic year sports awards,” opened Mr. Yo, who has worked at TASIS since the summer of 2003 but is in his first year as Athletic Director. 

Skillfully edited by Middle School Administrative Intern Vitor Mendes, the virtual assembly then moved to the winter sports slideshow (0:22 mark), which showcased highlights from each team and unveiled the awards for cheerleading, badminton, basketball, and swimming.

Cross Country Coach Greg Birk then discussed the 2020 virtual Beat the Bells Run (5:28) before Mr. Yo revealed the recipients of this year’s Pride Awards (6:52), which were initiated in the fall of 2018 to honor seniors who have shown commitment and dedication to a particular sport for all four of their High School years at TASIS. A record 12 seniors—Megan Chen, Nicolal Brinkmann, Trinity Mack, Enrique Gazaneo, Patryk Herok, Ianis Paval, Lucia Ugolotti, Airi Barnes, Emilie Hansen, Jennifer Kraemer, Giulia Meregalli, and Alara Secilmis—received this accolade in 2019–2020.

Next was the presentation of the Female and Male Athlete of the Year awards (8:48). Mr. Zanecchia reviewed all of the deserving female nominees—Carly Bachofen ’22, Airi Barnes ’20, Alejandra Cova ’22, Elle Kirby ’21, and Catherine McClellan ’22—before announcing that Barnes earned the prestigious award after an outstanding four-year career in which she made major contributions to the soccer, volleyball, swimming, track, and cheerleading teams. Several of her coaches then offered praise for all she has accomplished at TASIS.

Mr. Yo then ran through the male nominees—Martin Leon Caplan ’21, Ivan Linnikov ’22, Pablo Rivero Dominguez ’20, Cristobal Rodriguez Melguizo ’22, and Zhantemir Sarsenov ’21—before revealing that the award was captured by Rivero Dominguez, who was a standout for the basketball, rugby, cross country, track, and volleyball teams over the course of a stellar three-year career at TASIS. His coaches then paid tribute to his success.

Mr. Yo closed the assembly by thanking all the students and adults who contributed to the athletic program this year and offered well wishes to everyone as we continue to grapple with these challenging times. “I want to finish off by saying thank you and good luck to all our seniors,” he concluded. “You will be missed. And for those who are coming back in September, we can’t wait to have you back on campus in person.”

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