May 14, 2020 | News
2020 Girls Athletic Awards Virtual Banquet

Palm Beach Day Academy’s Athletic Department celebrated the athletic achievements of the 7th – 9th Grade girls at their Annual Sports Banquet. This year’s ceremony, however, looked a bit different than the traditional banquet held in years past at Palm Beach’s Sailfish Club. Instead, the PBDA coaches took to the screen to replicate the banquet as best they could in a virtual format.

Athletes, their parents, and PBDA faculty were invited to tune-in to a Vimeo link at 6:30pm on Wednesday, May 13 to celebrate the girls’ many wins and learnings on the field and courts throughout the ’19-’20 year. The online ceremony began with opening remarks by Head of School Fanning Hearon, followed by a welcome by Athletic Director Paul Cicio. Next, Patti Griffin, the Varsity and JV Volleyball Coach, and Cloe Mimun, the JV Volleyball Coach, reflected on this year’s volleyball season. Following, Billy Coyle, the Varsity Basketball Coach, and Grace Gunkel, the JV Basketball Coach, highlighted memorable moments, games and plays throughout the girl’s basketball seasons. Season commentary continued from Chris Niebling, the Varisty and JV Soccer Coach, and Grace Gunkel, the Varsity Lacrosse Coach, before the below awards were announced. The first-of-its-kind virtual banquet wrapped with a moving 6-minute slideshow and closing remarks by Head of Upper Campus, Sarah Kemeness.

Athletic Director Paul Cicio also honored the Walter H. Butler Field Day Captains. This year’s award went to the winning Flamingo Captain Kate Griffin, as well as Pelican Captain Jasmine Lofti. Following, the coaches honored this year’s Field Day Maddock Winners, Jasmine Lofti for the standing Broad Jump and Girls Relay, and Kate Griffin for the Running Broad Jump and Boy/Girl Relay.

Congratulations to all JV and Varsity Athletes, and to the following 2020 Athletic Award winners:

Carol M. Rafter Excellence in Athletics Award – Kate Griffin

Varsity Most Improved Award – Jasmine Lofti

Varsity Sportsmanship Award – Ansley Middleton

Varsity Coaches Award – Ella Pastore

Varsity Volleyball Award – Chloe Levine

JV Volleyball Award – Marin Cvelbar

Varsity Basketball Award – Ella Pastore

JV Basketball Award – Ella Womble and Hayley Womble

Varsity Soccer Award – Caroline Johnson

JV Soccer Award – Katherine Pottash

Varsity Lacrosse Award – Kate Griffin

Varsity Tennis Award – Maxine Wexler