Tuesday 21st November, 2006 Posted: 15:01 CIT (20:01 GMT)
The Academy Sports Club will once again play host to an American College Prep boarding school that recruits international students and provides them with financial aid and scholarships.
Bridget Johnson, Associate Director of Admissions of Episcopal High School, in Alexandria, Virginia will be in Grand Cayman from 24–26th November. She will meet with parents and students in a special information reception at Comfort Suites on Friday, 24th from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
The Academy is inviting young footballers – boys and girls –– from all the clubs, along with their parents and all other interested parents and students to participate in the session.
The Episcopal High School first came to Cayman in 2003 when the Academy Sports Club hosted a School Fair, in which nine US college prep schools made presentations on their programmes and interviewed students. The schools also evaluated the football players through a series of exhibition matches among local football teams.
Out of this School Fair, seven students received grants to attend college prep schools in the US. Craig Bodden and Tevon Levine of the Bodden Town Football Club enrolled at Cheshire Academy in Connecticut, along with Malcolm Forbes and Andre Gooden from the Academy.
Other Academy members, Machel Turner and Wade Mitchell–Evans attended the Hotchkiss School, also in Connecticut and Mikhail Turner went to Episcopal.
Machel and Wade recently received diplomas from Hotchkiss. Machel is now enrolled at Davidson College in North Carolina and Wade is attending Worchester Polytechnic in Massachusetts.
Coach Winston Chung, who has spearheaded the Academy’s programme of exposing and nurturing the football talent of club members as well as their academic development, has been instrumental in facilitating the visit from Episcopal.
“I fully endorse the visit and its purpose in seeking to provide more scholastic opportunities for Cayman’s students. The quality of education that is available at schools such as Episcopal is invaluable as it provides openings to Ivy League and other universities in the United States. I encourage all young football players who have an interest in pursuing higher education to make themselves available for this visit,” Coach Chung said.
The Academy Sports Club has a history of providing educational opportunities for its members. Ariel Tatum was the first recipient of a scholarship to study and play abroad and attended the Holderness Prep School in New Hampshire. He is now in his final year at Wheaton College in Massachusetts on a full scholarship.
Trevor Gibbs was the second recipient of a Prep School scholarship and attended the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut before moving on to Hiram College in Ohio, also on a scholarship. Trevor is now in his second year at Hiram.
Mother of Wade Mitchell–Evans, Mrs. Dalton Evans stated that “Prep school education has molded my son and helped him to be better prepared for college. This has made me more comfortable about him being at college in the US.”
Persons interested in attending the session may contact Ann Marie Turner at 926–7522 for further information.