Four recent graduates of The Summit Country Day School were given awards at their commencements recognizing their athletic leadership.
The Bud O'Connor Memorial Award was given to Rachel Martin and Michael Marx. The Archie Griffin Award was given to Isabel Schomburger and Matthew Warden.
The Bud O’Connor Memorial Award is named for the first president of the Summit Boosters Association. It is given annually to the graduating senior boy and girl who have exhibited excellence, dedication and Christian leadership in athletics. The award is limited to students who have spent at least two of their years in The Summit Upper School.
Rachel Martin, a North College Hill resident, will play basketball this fall at NAIA Thomas More University. In her Summit basketball career, Rachel became the all-time leader in steals. She scored her 1,000th point during her Senior Night game. In addition to her dedication to the basketball program, Rachel has been a leader in the girls’ soccer program. She helped the program capture a state championship in 2017. As a senior, she was named all-Region and a High School Scholar All-American by the United Soccer Coaches. Rachel has helped mentor younger players in both programs.
Michael Marx, Hyde Park, played football and baseball through his junior year. When an injury sidelined him senior year, he learned to bowl with his other hand so he could be part of the bowling team. Despite his injury, he attended every football game, cheering his teammates on from the sidelines. Michael has been a fixture in the stands at sporting events cheering on others and has served as a student speaker for prospective student and parent events. He will attend The Ohio State University this fall.
The Archie Griffin award is named for Archie Griffin, a two-time recipient of the Heisman Trophy for football and a professional athlete who always displayed exemplary sportsmanship. Students who receive the award need not be athletes, but must exemplify sportsmanship, ethics and integrity.
Isabel Schomburger, a resident of Hyde Park, played volleyball at The Summit and is the program’s career leader in blocks. She also has the program record for most blocks in a match with seven. When the school launched its new student leadership program, she stepped up to help lead the Athletic Team. From helping to plan pep rallies to keeping the athletic bulletin board up to date, Isabel was always willing to help when needed. She will attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall.
Matthew Warden, a resident of Loveland, played football at The Summit for four years. Matthew has been a role model for others since his freshman year. A dedicated student and young man of tremendous integrity, he has also served as a Kairos retreat leader and the student director of the Talent Show. He also holds the school record for discus. He will play football this fall at the University of Chicago.
Physical development is one of the five pillars written into The Summit’s holistic mission statement. Learn more about The Summit’s Class of 2020 at www.summitcds.org/classof2020.