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!
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”.
Here at Fanwood, educators believe that, on top of the common core classes, students should also learn to be aware of health, social, and political issues. Led by teacher, Amy Newland, students organized a #GoRedForWomen day, where they all wore red and dedicated part of class time towards learning about the impacts of heart disease.
#GoRedForWomen encourages awareness of the issue of women and heart disease, and is also an action to save more lives. The movement harnesses the energy, passion and power women have to band together and collectively wipe out heart disease.
In fact, more women than men die every year from heart disease and stroke. The good news is that 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Go Red For Women advocates for more research and swifter action for women’s heart health.
Fanwood’s Middle School students competed Gallaudet’s Battle of the Books Competition. This is the first time the School has entered into this particular academic competition, and the team felt feelings of excitement and apprehension about what to expect in a “real” match.
The purpose of Battle of the Books is to promote literacy amongst Deaf and Hard of Hearing middle school students; promote a spirit of academic competition and good sportsmanship; and to encourage critical thinking skills. Click here for more info about the competition
Their first competition was against the Marie Philip School. The students were nervous at first, but handled their first ever game with poise! It was a very close game, but Fanwood took the win a final score of 36-34.
Excited by their win, and the growing audience of supporters, the team started match 2 vs. Michigan School for the Deaf with confidence. The final score was 38-26..Fanwood earned their second win!
The team faced Maryland School for the Deaf (MSD) in the final match of the day. It was the most challenging round yet, but they did a really great job of staying focused. Ultimately, MSD took the win with a final score of 24-42.
The Fanwood coaches, parents, and staff members are proud of the teams success in their first ever competition. They witnessed the hard work and dedication put forth by the students. Judging by their smiling faces, it was clear the students felt a sense of pride and genuine enjoyment.
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!
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 and 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