Academy of the Holy Names senior soccer team members pose together after being recognized for their extended contributions to their respective teams during their time at AHN high school. (Photo Credit: Madison Kwo/Used with Permission)
Academy of the Holy Names senior soccer team members pose together after being recognized for their extended contributions to their respective teams during their time at AHN high school.

Photo Credit: Madison Kwo/Used with Permission

2023 Winter Sports Senior Night

January 25, 2023

The Academy of the Holy Names celebrated all seniors who participate in winter sports on Friday, January 20, 2023. The celebration of seniors has long been a tradition of the school and is an event that student-athletes, coaches, parents, and friends look forward to throughout their time with the Academy. 

The evening began with the soccer team’s seniors lining up with their parents and other loved ones and being individually called to the center of the field. Here, each senior was honored with a personal speech written by an underclassman on their team. They were gifted Academy memorabilia and posed for many photos to keep memories of the night alive. At the pinnacle of the evening’s festivities, the Academy soccer team prevailed with a 2-0 win over Episcopal School of Jacksonville. 

Senior Brynn Wilary poses with her friend, Linnea Nestor, who came to support her through the senior night celebrations. Wilary commented on the ceremonial activities saying, “Senior night was a great night to commemorate the four years i have spent with the Academy soccer program. Celebrating the night with my friends and family made it even more special.” (Photo Credit: Madison Kwo/Used with Permission)

Senior goalkeeper Adele Politz (’23) detailed the evening saying, “Senior night has been something I have been looking forward to since I started with the Academy soccer program four years ago. Everything about it was so fun and special. The game was good as well, I enjoyed getting a win with my senior teammates on such a special night.” 

Senior Amanda Chau is photographed being honored by her younger teammate and given a basket from the Academy team. Chau explained her feelings at the moment saying, “I have been looking forward to this night for four years and was so excited to be able to have such a good time with the best teammates.”  (Photo Credit: Madison Kwo/Used with Permission)

The night continued with Basketball. Before the commencing whistle, the lone senior on the team, Jayda Pinder (‘23) was called to the middle of the court where sophmore Anna Prieto (‘25) gave the customary speech which detailed the many memories and accomplishments Pinder (’23) had established throughout her four years on the team. Prieto (’25) detailed her experience saying, “I had a great time getting to see how happy our whole team was honoring all of the hard work Jayda has put into our team.” The game progressed with a favorable performance from the Jags, resulting in a 62-45 win over River Ridge High School to end the special night off perfectly. 

Pinder detailed her experience saying, “I enjoyed senior night because I was surrounded by friends and family and was reminded how far I have come in my basketball career.”

Basketball senior Jayda Pinder stands with her family at the center of the court before the match versus River Ridge High School begins. She is joined by her coaches and teammates during the evening of recognition!  (Photo Credit: Olivia Book/Used with permission)

The third group of senior athletes that were honored on AHN senior night were the Jaguarettes. At halftime of the basketball match, fans were able to enjoy performances by the dancing group. Before the performance, senior dancer, Lacey Simon (’23) was honored as the only senior on the team. Simon (’23) is a four year member of the squad and has been with the group through its progression over the years. 

Photographed is the Jaguarettes team surrounding senior Lacey Simon, who was celebrated by her teammates and recognized with a speech from junior Reese Edlund.  (Photo Credit: Olivia Payne/Used with Permission )

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