The Cadets' season was a tremendous success, but it got even better as they won the State Championship on Saturday, May 20. It was even better because they beat their arch-rival in the Saints of St. Christopher's. Eli Ottinger and Jack Carpin were standout players as they each contributed with two hits and an RBI.
The month of May at Benedictine is busy for both the Cadets and faculty. With platoon drill, change of command and exams, there is never a dull moment during the month. Another event that happened is the 2017-18 class elections for the freshmen, sophomore, and junior classes. On a specific day of the week, the classes get together to decide who will lead them for the following year.
On Monday afternoon junior Chris Collins announced his intention to attend and play football for the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill. Collins will become a member of the Class of '22. Collins cited three reasons for his decision to become a Tar Heel: academic excellence, his level of comfort on campus and the respect he has for his future position coach. "Those were the three things that put UNC over the top."
Nigel Williams is a Cadet to remember. Williams, born in Richmond, Va., grew up playing football along with many other sports. Williams played youth football for the Glen Lea Lions. He started out by playing flag football, and he moved on to play tackle football through middle school for Glen Lea.
The first annual student-faculty basketball game was held last week on April 26, at Benedictine's old school on the "Rut" court. The game was filled with great anticipation as well as excitement. The students did end up getting the win, but there was more than just a game.
While nearly everyone anticipates the end of the school year, two Benedictine student-athletes are looking forward to a major trip. The juniors, Ike Andrews and Jake Schattner, will head to Kentucky Lake, Tennessee, to fish for a national title. The fishing phenoms punched their ticket to nationals by reigning victorious in last weekend's state championship tourney. Andrews and Schattner pulled in a total of nine largemouth bass that weighed a total of just under 20 pounds.
Last year's Speech Contest was fairly promising. But this year's line-up proved to be one to really remember. Whether it was Nick Turner opening up and giving us a quick view into his life as a Cadet, or Cole Simon's unplanned humor, 2017's Speech Contest was interesting. Nathan Gleberman was prepared for any mishaps that might occur, as he brought a bottle of water, which he stated was for whenever he might forget a line or stray from a point.
This Wednesday, April 25, some of the male faculty and the students from this year's championship Bon Air basketball team, the "Ankle Spankers" will be playing in a fundraiser basketball game on Rut Court at old Benedictine. The proceeds of this game will go towards the senior trip.
Benedictine's Model General Assembly was highly successful this year, as the Cadets rolled into the state capital. When all was said and done, the team performed in superb fashion. The eight Cadets who participated defended their proposals and were able to push all five of those proposals through both houses of government.
On Friday, March 17 Benedictine held its annual squad drill competition. Squad drill is one of many time honored events & traditions of Benedictine's CORPS of Cadets. The event kicked off with the Cadets marching onto the parade deck and performing pass and review. Shortly after, the Cadet choir performed a rendition of the National Anthem as the Benedictine Color Guard posted our nations Colors.