GA Star Athletes shines in UAAP 79
by Harley Santos and Louise Saavedra
Being a student-athlete requires the ability to balance one's academic performance, grueling hours of training, competitions and extra-curricular activities. That is what it takes to become a student-athlete and have the opportunity to participate in the UAAP. Basketball, football, swimming, taekwando and baseball are some of the sports that GA student-athletes excel in. For Basketball Dave Ildefonso, Swimming Girls even though they have practically four members only three swam in the UAAP Season due to residency, though the lack members they swam their best and prove them that they still can shine. One of which is Suzanne Himor from 11- Canisius who was the first Female Atenean to receive a medal and second Sarah Alvina from 11-De Brito. Taekwando Harley Santos from 11-Chabanel shines in his first UAAP Season and was awarded the Rookie MVP of the year and is also part of the Taekwando Philippine Team. Football Vinnie Vinculado from 11-Chabanel, Nacino from 11-De Brito and Jenlord Barcelona from 11-Favre placed 3rd Runner Up in their concluded season. And lastly for Baseball J Mendoza from 11-Chabanel is on of the Baseball Philippine team. Despite being looked down by other strand, the GA strand chose to shine in different ways they can, their efforts were not wasted, as they struggled to represent the school and the city, having fun and meeting new friends in the process. They made their country, school, family and friends proud as they did their best efforts in winning the competition. Admirable students these people are, for despite the school stress, they have time to balance their studies with sports. Ateneo will always support their elite athletes and give them the best they can.
by Ali Pelea