Fanwood Grad Competes in 2017 Deaflympics

Former Fanwood student, Shellane McKitty, will be competing in 3 upcoming Deaflympics2017 events in Samsun, Turkey. See below for the schedule and GOOD LUCK, SHELLANE!

The events will be airing live on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4F_NB0NgMfExUZIizCPBmA

7/26 – 400m semi-final at 10:30am EST
7/27 – 400m final at 9am EST
7/28 – 4 x 100 relay semi-final at 12:50pm EST
7/29 – 4 x 100 relay final at 11:40am EST
7/29 – 4 x 400 relay final at 11:40am EST
7/30 – closing ceremony

 

Arbor Day Festivities

The rainy weather did nothing to dampen the excitement for the annual Arbor Day Ceremony.  This event is a meaningful one for our senior class and is steeped in tradition. The Arbor Day Ceremony at Fanwood is not only considered to be a senior class right of passage, but it is also one of the most treasured annual events.

Seniors planted a tree and buried a time capsule filled with memories of their time here at Fanwood. As tradition states, this time capsule will be opened years from now when the senior class return to celebrate their years together at Fanwood.

Thank you to everyone who helped make this event special for the students.

Athletes of the Month

The female athlete of the month for December is Samantha Pon. Samantha is a versatile player who helps the Lady Tornadoes in any way she can. In the month of December Samantha helped lead the team to a 2nd place finish in the New Jersey Tip off Tournament.  At that tournament, Samantha earned a spot on the All-Tournament team in recognition of her hard work throughout the weekend.

During the month of December Samantha had 62 rebounds (7.8 per game), 35 steals (4.4 per game), and 48 points (6 per game). As the captain of the team, she has done a wonderful job at leading the team on, and off, the court. Congrats Samantha!

 

 

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Carlos Vega is December’s Athlete of the Month. The team coaches based this decision on his strong leadership as captain of the team, as well as his dedication to his teammates.

Carlos averaged 18 points per game since the month November and was instrumental in leading his team to victory in the Tip-off tournament at NJSD. Carlos also earned a spot on the All-Tournament team in recognition of his hard work throughout the weekend.

Carlos constantly took responsibility for his team’s success and fed his team with support and guidance throughout the season. As a first time captain, Carlos quickly learned to face challenges as a leader, which the coaches were quite proud of.  Some of his goals this season was to build his confidence and show his passion in working with his team.  Carlos grew a great deal this season, and became a player who exemplified teamwork through his passing and shooting skills. His dream is to win the championship at ASD on Feb. 27 and states, “we work together as a team with confidence and preparedness”.

 

Athletes of the Month

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Samantha, a 10th grader, is our female athlete of the month for October. It is her third year playing volleyball. Her leadership and plays on the court have been wonderful since the beginning of the season.

Samantha led Fanwood to a record of 12-12 during the month of October. At the ESDAA Volleyball Tournament, she earned the All Star Tournament Award and led Fanwood to 4th place.

One of highlights during ESDAA Volleyball Tournament was when Samantha ended the game vs. Lexington School for the Deaf with her trademark strong service point. As a setter, Samantha has a natural instinct and drive for the game. She has a really great intuition about which player to give the ball to, or when to try for a kill. Samantha controls the game really well.

Samantha’s expectation for her teammates is always high and this them to improve as players. When other players become frustrated or feel “off”, I love that she won’t let it affect her own performance; she continues to play at her best regardless. This year, her service skills have improved so much. Also, she is able to handle pressure really well. With that being said, she is an extraordinary player and teammate.

Congratulations, Samantha!


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Fernando, a junior grade, is our male athlete of the month for October. This is his third year playing soccer and this year he started as goalkeeper for first time. In the past, he mostly played midfield.

Since Fanwood’s star goalkeeper graduated last year, we started the season without one. Coaches Nicolas and Paul asked Fernando if he would be interested in filing this position. Fernando accepted the challenge and was ready to learn!

Naturally, his first game was not as smooth as we hoped, but the coaches and team have watched him maintain a positive, hard-working attitude in order to become a stronger goalkeeper. Game after game, he improved more and more, and was soon able to consistently make many important saves for the team.

Fernando earned 71 saves during the month of October alone, which is a huge improvement from Septembers 25 saves. Although he showed frustration when he missed saves, he always sought out ways that he could improve, and grow as a player.

The coaches know that Fernando’s leadership on the team will grow and he will become key role on their team. He showed up on time for practice and was always ready to learn something new. Fernando was not a complainer; each time he fell, he picked himself up and readied himself for the next play. This is exactly what is expected of a goalkeeper. The coaches know that he is on his way to becoming a model play for the Tornadoes.

Congratulation, Fernando!

Lady Tornadoes at the 2016 ESDAA Volleyball Tournament

Last night the Lady Tornadoes opened the 2016 ESDAA Volleyball tournament with a bang. Hosted by the Marie Philip School in Framingham, PA, the event opened with a round robin competition.

Fanwood entered the tournament strong, winning their first three games against Rochester School for the Deaf, Marie Philip School, and New Jersey school for the Deaf (NJSD). They came to their only defeat of the day against Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf (WPSD) landing them #2 in Pool A. This qualified Fanwood for the gold bracket and faced Lexington school for the Deaf (LEX) next.

Fanwood won the first set 28 to 26 but fell to LEX in the second set with a score of 20 to 25. In the third and final set, the LEX took an early lead, but Fanwood didn’t give up and came back to win the game!

Today, we are moving up to the Semi Finals against Delaware School for the Deaf at 10:30am. The game will be streaming live on https://twitter.com/mps_athletics/

2016 ESDAA Soccer Tournament Results

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WPSD hosted 6 schools from 5 different states for the 2nd Annual 2016 ESDAA Soccer Tournament this weekend. Fanwood was in Pool B and faced Lexington School for the Deaf (LSD) in their first game on Friday, with a final score of 0-3.

Their second pool B game was against WPSD. Fanwood played hard, fighting through the rain and muddy field conditions, but ultimately lost the game with a final score of 0-2.

NYSD was placed last in Pool B andsoccer-2 faced Pool A’s Ohio School for the Deaf, on Saturday competing for 5th/6th place overall. In the end, NYSD lost the game with a final score of 0-2 and finished in 6th place overall at the 2016 ESDAA Soccer Tournament.

Senior, Carlos V., was one of the athletes awarded “All-Tournament Player”. Coaches Nicolas and Paul are very proud of the boys; even though the weather was terrible, they played hard from start to end and never gave up. At the end of tournament, the boys were banded together like a brotherhood and learned that they will be always be the Tornadoes, whether they come in first or last place.

Third Place Trophy:  American School for the Deaf
Second Place Trophy: Lexington School for the Deaf
First Place Trophy:Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf

Go Fanwood Tornadoes!

tornadoes-editThe Boys’ Soccer team plays at home today vs. The Harvey School at 4:00pm.  Hope to see you there to show your Fanwood support!


Also…the Fall Athletic season is well on it’s way and our student-athletes are working hard on (and off) the field. Click below for updates and information from their season so far. Go Fanwood!

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NYSD Homecoming Wrap Up

There was an added edge to the September 24th Homecoming festivities this year, as the rival team, American School for the Deaf (ASD) is nearing their 200th Anniversary, as well. Both schools were prepared to compete in a friendly, but fierce, competition.

Volleyball Results
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NYSD’s volleyball team opened Homecoming Day with a four set win over American School for the Deaf (25-18, 25-10, 24-26, 25-20).  During the first two sets, the girls played with such high energy and passion. As for our third set, we became a little too comfortable and allowed American School for the Deaf respond with strong play & they won this set.

Our girls were able to escape with a victory after fourth set. Samantha P. led the team with 23 service points, 8 aces, 2 assists, and 5 digs. Anjel P. earned 10 service points, 1 ace, two assists, and a kill. -Head Coach Kandace Morris

Soccer Results
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NYSD’s first game of the season fell on Homecoming this year against American School for the Deaf (ASD).  This was a special game, as both NYSD and ASD are nearing their 200th Anniversary. NYSD started off a little rusty in the first half, but found their stride and played well. ASD managed to get one in the net and then ASD earned a penalty kick from and NYSD foul in the goal zone, ending the first half with a score of 0-2.

NYSD improved their passing game in the second half and stepped up their defensive game. The team earned a penalty kick opportunity in the second half, but unfortunately missed the net.

Player Highlight Statistics
GK Fernando T.- 10 saves
GK Joey P.- 2 saves
Chris M.- 1 shot, 2 saves
Martin T.- 2 shots
Yazeed A.- 2 shots, 3 corner kicks
Carlos V.- 1 shot

Fanwood’s Homecoming Pep Rally

2016-hc-banner-finalThe Deaf Awareness Week activities culminated in a school-wide Pep Rally, in anticipation of the Homecoming games this Saturday.

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All students and staff members showed their support to the Volleyball and Soccer teams as they prepare to face American School for the Deaf tomorrow.

There is an added edge to the Homecoming festivities this year, as ASD is nearing their 200th Anniversary, too. Both schools are looking forward to a friendly, but fierce, competition. CLICK HERE FOR PEP RALLY PICTURES