Phoenix Country Day School celebrates 10 senior NCAA athletes

From left in back is Drew Hosmar, Andrew Ekmark, Jake Bain, Oliver Marsden, Sam Garvin, Yash Muley; From row from left is, Claire Hayden, Tara Dugel, Izzy Aguilera, Avery Sly. (submitted photo)

From left in back is Drew Hosmar, Andrew Ekmark, Jake Bain, Oliver Marsden, Sam Garvin, Yash Muley; From row from left is, Claire Hayden, Tara Dugel, Izzy Aguilera, Avery Sly. (submitted photo)

Phoenix Country Day School recently celebrated the 10 members of its class of 2016 that have committed to play sports at the NCAA level next year.

The graduating student-athletes are: Jake Bain, swim at Claremont McKenna College; Izzy Aguilera, diving at St. Bonaventure University; Yash Muley, soccer at Carleton College; Andrew Ekmark, basketball at Stanford University; Claire Hayden, fencing at Drew University; Drew Hosmar, soccer at Claremont McKenna College; Tara Dugel, squash at Columbia University; Sam Garvin, basketball at Claremont McKenna College; Oliver Marsden, swimming at Tufts University; and Avery Sly, sailing at Boston University.

“We’re so proud of all of our student-athletes, including those continuing to pursue their passion at the collegiate level,” stated athletic director Shane Lewis, in a press release. “Many of these kids have been starters and contributors to our varsity program since they were freshmen. They’ve grown so much, athletically and academically, and their efforts have opened up some incredible opportunities for life after PCDS.”

The 10 college-bound athletes represent 16 percent of the PCDS Class of 2016. The PCDS Upper School has approximately 280 students, approximately 170 of whom play varsity sports, with a significant percentage of that group playing multiple sports.

“That’s a great advantage of being a small-school athlete—if you’re good, you’ll play right away and have the chance to be recruited by top schools after playing years at the varsity level. And, if you want, you can play more than one varsity sport each year, developing your skills as an athlete,” stated Mr. Lewis in the release.

Since 1961, Phoenix Country Day School has been the Valley’s only nonprofit, private, independent day school for students in grades pre-kindergarten through grade 12, all on a single campus in Paradise Valley.

It emphasizes high academics and both extra and co-curricular activities, including academics, arts, and athletics. Graduates routinely attend the nation’s top colleges and universities, and credit their experiences at PCDS for shaping them as thinkers, doers and leaders, the release stated.

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