The Ethel Walker Athletic Council (EWAC) is a student organization that strives to improve and develop leadership skills, sportsmanship, responsibility, competitiveness, a positive attitude, and an understanding of what it means to be a leader of Walker’s athletic program.
Each spring, student-athletes are nominated to apply by coaches, current EWAC members, and/or the athletic, dance, and riding departments. The members selected represent a wide variety of co-curriculars at school and spend the year growing as a group that represents the entire student body and shares their pride in Walker’s outside of school with the greater community. EWAC has raised funds for Special Olympics, held pep rallies for the school, and spends the year promoting the importance of physical education, teamwork, and the responsibility of being a good role model. Several of these members go on to participate in their respective sport in college, with many being named captain. These opportunities exponentially grow as they continue to lead in all areas of their lives.
Beatrice B. '23
Being a leader not only means working with others who may be more experienced, but also valuing, and working with others who are less experienced or have different perspectives.
Even though we all play and participate in different sports we are all part of the same team.
Kyla B. '23
Leadership roles for young women are important as these roles help develop necessary skills for the future. Having a leadership role at a young age allows you to build confidence and responsibility. Often times young women do not get the opportunity to be in leadership roles because of how male-dominated the roles tend to be, especially in sports. At an all-girls school, we all have the opportunity to lead whether it’s in sports, politics, clubs, etc.
I hope that students at Walker’s will see the importance of balancing hard work and fun through my leadership. Many of us forget that sports are supposed to be a fun experience as well as a competitive one. Learning to balance hard work and fun has not only improved my relationship with sports but my leadership skills as a whole.
Allie D. '23
It is important for young women to hold leadership roles because it builds both confidence and character. It helps to teach a variety of skills such as organization and communication.
I hope that through my leadership on EWAC, other Walker’s girls will learn the importance of communication, dependability, and creativity. Most importantly, I hope that they will understand the significance of team building and how it helps to build trust and collaboration while minimizing conflict.
Emily F. '22
I am in African drumming and sustainability club. I am also in the orchestra.
It’s not just about being a leader within EWAC. It’s about being able to take the leadership role and spread not only what you learn from being a leader, but also being able to use your own personal skills to better the community as a whole.
One fact that may surprise people is that I love to fish!
Alice G. ’22
First, I hope they can enjoy all the activities held by EWAC. The smiles from Walker’s students are always the best fuel for me to keep up the excellent work. Second, I hope I can be an example of a good leader. I hope other students learn the qualities of being a leader, whether it’s being respectful, patient, or positive. Eventually, I hope they could be a member of EWAC or other leadership positions at Walker’s.
I tried ten different dances before, and the one I love the most is ballet. This fact usually surprises many people, because I look like more of a hip-hop dancer.
Alexia G. ’23
It is important for women to be leaders because it gives us the opportunity to use our voices to make changes for things that we are passionate about. By using our role as a leader we are the ones who set the example for others to follow. We learn by watching other people and learning from the way that they conduct themselves as well as handle difficult situations.
I want my teammates and peers to see that I have an understanding on when there is a time to have fun and when there is a time to work hard to accomplish our goals. I want to be a person that others feel comfortable coming to for advice or guidance. I aspire to someday have people looking up to me as I have looked up to others in this similar position.
Lauren K. '23
Orchestra, Jewish Student Union, Equity Team, Cicerones, Big/Little
People who “lead by example,” and listen well, can be valuable leaders to their community.
Kenzie O. '22
Sustainability club, and Cicerones.
It is okay to have different opinions about things, and you don’t need to do what everyone else does. Learn to be a leader and not a follower.
I love to read!
Natalie S. '23
It is important for young women to hold leadership roles because it allows for a wider range of thoughts and ideas. Young girls can see women in powerful roles in society and be inspired to one day do the same.
I hope other students see my work ethic and commitment to athletics and how I used these qualities to better the athletic department. I hope they learn that if you work hard and you are committed you can accomplish anything you want to, whether it’s sports or not. Outside of sports, I want other students to remember me as a good person and a role model. I hope other students see me as someone they can look up to, so they want to be that person for other students in the future.
Sarah S. ’23
I hope people will come away with a sense that I worked with other women on EWAC to better the athletic department and left it better than how I found it. I also hope that they realize that EWAC is a team just like any other and my teammates and I used our time to help the athletes through our own experiences.
I have been told that I am a horrible singer, although I tend to disagree.
Allison W. ’22
It’s so important for young women to hold leadership roles because these positions give them the tools and experience to be able to hold important and influential roles in the future. Leading as a young woman instills the confidence that is, at times, so hard to acquire.
I hope other students at Walker’s will take away from my leadership on EWAC that you don’t have to be the best athlete to be a leader in the athletics community. Passion, determination, and persistent hard work are far more important than talent when it comes to being a leader.