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

Students Volunteer at the Food Bank For Westchester

screen-shot-2016-10-13-at-2-51-11-pmIn addition to working in the Fanwood Garden, the students have completed over 100 hours of service at the Food Bank For Westchester in Elmsford, NY. This week they proudly received their official Volunteer shirts, in recognition of their time and effort.

Established in 2012, Fanwood’s Food Bank Garden is one of the largest contributors of organic produce to the Food Bank for Westchester. Under the guidance of the Food Bank, NYSD grows organic vegetables and herbs on campus.  The Fanwood Garden contributes well over 3,000 pounds of fresh vegetables to the Food Bank annually. gardenoriginal

Once harvested, the Food Bank for Westchester distributes the produce to hunger relief programs throughout the county. The garden provides an opportunity for NYSD students to utilize life skills, work on vocational training and give back to the community.  In addition, it provides students the opportunity to get hands-on experience by learning different aspects of how the garden works.

 

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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