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.
Erin C. ’21
Athletics have always been a huge part of my life. I’ve tried so many different sports and I tried these because of the sport itself. I played for goals, baskets, and time. Walker’s has taught me to play for my team. The teams and coaches are the main reasons why athletics at Walkers are so special. I am proud to be on EWAC because now it is my opportunity to give back and lead a community that has given me so much.
Claire Thomas is a 1st Phorm representative and a triathlete. She sponsors workouts like the Murph and much more. She played soccer, basketball, and track throughout her years and later coached a women’s college basketball team. She just completed her first Iron Man, which is on my bucket list and takes a ton of training. I look up to her because she is a determined, strong, and accomplished woman.
Additionally, John Monagan, our Dean of Studies, never settles for anything. I admire how he is always changing and adapting to new jobs, people, and teams. Not only does Mr. Monagan have high standards for himself, he also pushes his players, students, and frankly anyone he meets. He is an awesome coach because he wants us to have fun with the sport and with each other. He is an awesome leader because of his confidence and inclusion. He is an awesome person because he genuinely cares about us and our high school experience, I can’t imagine school without him. I look up to him because he is a smart, funny, persevering, and kind leader.
Jordana D. ’21
It’s important for women to hold leadership roles because they help to develop the confidence and responsibility needed to be successful. I believe everyone can benefit from gaining more confidence in themselves. Last winter I was a captain of the ski team and that was a new leadership role for me. I definitely had to step out of my comfort zone a little bit, but looking back, it made me a stronger, more confident leader. I am a strong believer that confidence is one of the most important traits a person can have and think everyone should take advantage of any opportunity they have to develop it.
I hope others see my self-motivation and work ethic and are inspired to work hard in everything they do. I put in a lot of extra work on and off the fields regardless of if people are paying attention or not. I make an effort to do things for myself and not feel the need to show off to others. This, however, has come after many years of not being so humble and I have learned that doing things just for myself, working out, extra reps, more studying, etc., has made me more motivated than ever.
Alice G. ’22
The world is in desperate need of great leaders, whether in business, politics or schools. When we are talking about women in leadership, even with all the progress we’ve made for equality in so many important ways, women are still severely underrepresented in many kinds of leadership positions. As a student in a girl school, I know that women have a set of qualities that men don’t, we can do something that men couldn’t. Being a young woman to hold leadership roles, I could enhance and develop my leadership now and eventually prove to the world that women could be a good leader as well.
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 a more hip-hop person.
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.
Madi K. ’21
I hope that other students at Walker’s see that you can be a leader in a lot of different ways. If you pursue what you’re passionate about, you’ll most likely find yourself in a leadership role, or many!
I decided to come to Ethel Walker because I never got my Hogwarts letter.
Eva M. ’21
It is important for young women to have leadership roles so they can inspire others. Women in leadership roles are influencing more and more young girls around the country to make their voice be heard.
I played soccer freshman year, and was a goalie!
Anneliese S. ’21
I want to allow for students to feel more included in the sports they are involved in, especially help underclassmen to feel like they are just as important as others. I also want to help teams to get the same recognition as others.
“She believed she could, so she did.”
Ava S. ’21
I am proud to be a member of EWAC because I have the opportunity to lead and set an example for other athletes and students within our school community. Being nominated for this council was a huge honor, as you must be recommended by a teammate or coach to be considered. I feel as though, with the help of many other athletes and friends, I will be able to not only influence our own Walker’s community, but help display to individuals who have not yet experienced Walker’s athletics, the true magic of our teams, coaches, and sports.
My Walker’s experience is unique because I am able to pursue all of my passions at once. I never thought it would be possible to play varsity soccer or ski race while riding competitively. I am so fortunate to be apart of a community that has made this possible for me, and I relish in the opportunity, as every day I am able to trek over to the barn to ride my horse, then return to school before heading down to the fields with my friends for soccer practice. My Walker’s experience is truly amazing.
Lizzy S. ’21
Walker’s athletics have given me so much. I have made countless friendships, been coached by some of the best and my favorite coaches, and played in four NEPSAC tournament games. It is only fair that I do my part to give back. EWAC members who I have known in the past, especially my captains, have always served as my guides and idols. It amazes me that I have been chosen to follow in their footsteps. There are no words for what that means to me and I will do my best to hold up their reputations and inspire young athletes to do the same, as they did for me.
This is perhaps the easiest question. If I could tell myself one thing coming into high school, it would be this: “Do not be discouraged if you are benched freshman year! That does not mean you are talentless. It means two things. One, the older players on your team have done all the preparation you have in the past to be where they are today, plus a bit more in the years you haven’t had yet. Two, nothing is going to be handed to you because you were good enough in middle school. This just means there is a lot of work you haven’t put in yet, which will get you to where you need to be next year and the year after that. Lastly, do not let an injury discourage you! This is only freshman year. Learn what you can while you are injured, become great friends with the managers and dedicate the time you would have spent practicing, to something else as equally important. Pick up a new book or spend your time focusing on a subject you struggle in. Overall, please just never give up. Sports can be hard, but you play for a reason. When things are hard, remember all the fun times your sports have brought you.”
Claire S. ’21
I believe it is important for young women to hold leadership roles because it shows them that despite a patriarchal society, women are just as intelligent and have the capabilities and qualities to lead. Furthermore, this gives women a sense of accomplishment to hopefully set more goals for the future.
I hope that people will understand the importance of community better and learn that service and school spirit is extremely essential for the functioning of a school system. Also, I hope that students will also understand that their athletic accomplishments (no matter how big or small) are important.
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.
Olivia W. ’21
I hope other students really look at the people leading EWAC and are motivated and inspired to be the best athlete and leader as they can be, as well as being a good person. As an EWAC member, I want all of us girls to motivate other students as well as be role models for other students. Every member in EWAC is a hardworking girl trying to make the Ethel Walker community a better and happier place, so I hope that others takeaway that we are trying to help every single student in this community by making their experience in athletics even better, and to as well have fun while doing it.
I think it is very crucial to hold leadership roles as young women for many reasons. As a woman, I noticed that we all bring different aspects of intellect to the table that are completely different from a man’s perspective. Women listen to one another, we are empathetic, we focus on teamwork— all of these are just some qualities that a woman has as a leader. We have been suppressed all throughout history by a man’s voice, so I think it is just that our voices need to be heard now especially in times like this today where sometimes we do not feel confident to lead, even though we all have the same capability as a male leader.
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.