St Mark’s roundup: Presidentially honored alumnus, student athletic achievements, and annual Christmas service for community

Above: St. Mark’s School is proud of their students’ athletic achievements this year.
(Contributed Photo)

St. Mark’s School asked me to share some of their news on students’ athletic honors.

While at it, I’ve rounded up some of their noteworthy stories from the past couple of months. Here are the headlines:

Ben Bradlee ’39 Receives Presidential Medal of Freedom – November 21, 2013
On Wednesday, November 20, a great honor was bestowed upon a storied St. Mark’s graduate. That morning, President Obama presented Benjamin C. Bradlee (SM Class of 1939) with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. . .

After graduating from St. Mark’s, Mr. Bradlee entered Harvard, but he took time off from his studies to serve as a Naval officer during World War II. He subsequently became a journalist, perhaps “the most respected newsman of his generation,” according to White House press office. . .

Ben Bradlee served as a Trustee of St. Mark’s from 1965-1971, and he was a frequent visitor and speaker on campus during his time at the [Washington] Post. (read more)

St. Mark’s School’s Alexa Mackintire from Westborough Named MVP of NEPSAC Division B Field Hockey Tournament– December 11, 2013
Topping off a spectacular season, in which her team won both the Independent School League (ISL) and New England Preparatory School Athletic Conference (NEPSAC) Division B Field Hockey championship titles, St. Mark’s co-captain Alexa Mackintire (St. Mark’s class of 2014) was named Most Valuable Player of the entire New England Division B Championship tournament. This is her second straight year receiving this honor. Alexa is from Westborough, MA.

Mackintire was also voted both St. Mark’s MVP and overall MVP for the ISL this fall. In 2012 she helped St. Mark’s Varsity field hockey win both the ISL and NEPSAC championships. Mackintire has led the St. Mark’s team in scoring for three straight seasons, and is a three-time ISL All-Star. She has been named to three consecutive NEPSAC All-Tournament teams , and was also recognized as the Tournament’s Most Valuable Player in 2012. She has now received that honor again, in 2013. 

In 2011 and 2012, Alexa was selected to the USA Under-17 National Field Hockey team, captaining that squad in 2012. In the spring of 2013 she was selected to the USA Under-19 National squad. Last year, she was also named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-America First Team. Only 16 high school athletes in the entire United States earn this distinction.

SM Athletic News: Aaron McLean All-N.E; Alexa Mackintire All-Region; Sam Ward All-State; Hope D’Orsi – Signs Letter of Intent – December 11, 2013
More athletic honors and achievements have recently been bestowed on St. Markers

Fifth Former Aaron McLean was named to the All-New England Class C football team. This is a rare honor for a St. Marker—McLean is only the second SM player so recognized over the last decade—and especially so for a junior. McLean led St. Mark’s in receiving this year and he led the entire ISL in touchdown receptions with 10, earning All-ISL status.

Sam Ward ’14 was recently selected by the Massachusetts Soccer Coaches’ Association to the 2013 Massachusetts All-State Soccer team. This is the second consecutive All-State recognition for Ward, a rare honor indeed. This past fall, Ward was again an All-ISL selection and the MVP of an outstanding boys’ varsity soccer squad, helping the team achieve its best record in almost twenty years. (read more)

Annual Service of Lessons & Carols Highlights Christmas Season at St. Mark’s– December 11, 2013
On Sunday, December 8 and again on Tuesday, December 10, St. Mark’s celebrated the season with its annual Service of Lessons & Carols in Belmont Chapel. The congregation joined the School Choir and Orchestra, along with readers from around the St. Mark’s community. . .

The Festival of Lessons & Carols is a service that date backs to 1880 in the Anglican communion, and it became a fixture in the Episcopal Church in the early 20th century. At St. Mark’s, a service of Lessons & Carols was first presented seventy years ago, and the tradition continues to this day. The Sunday service was open to the public, while the Tuesday evening service was for students and faculty. (read more)

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