ISB Celebrates Victory as Four Student-Athletes Sign NCAA National Letters of Intent
In a heartening display of school spirit and support, the International School of Bangkok (ISB) was attended by proud parents, coaches, supportive faculty and fellow students, gathering to celebrate the achievements of four outstanding student-athletes on the NCAA National Signing Day this past Wednesday; Hadley King and Dhruv Patel in swimming, Cameron Rohde in track and field, and Nate Scranton in baseball.
Hadley King, a standout athlete in swimming, will be taking her talents to the United States Military Academy West Point, New York. Her journey in the pool began at the age of 12, and throughout her high school career at ISB, Hadley left an indelible mark by setting four IASAS swimming records, including breaking her own previous record. Swim Coach Day praised not only Hadley's personal commitment but also highlighted her outstanding sportsmanship, emphasizing her joy for her teammates' successes. Sharing what helped her to the next level Hadley says, “It’s never too late to start swimming! Lots of hard-work, put your head down and be gritty.” Additionally, it’s the ISB values which are demonstrated by her coaches, teammates and faculty that she will take away with her to West Point.
‘Trust in yourself, trust in the program and trust in the team’
Dhruv Patel is a dedicated swimmer bound for Calvin University, Michigan. Described as not only a fantastic athlete but also a remarkable individual, Dhruv has made a lasting impact on his teachers, coaches, and teammates during his time at ISB. His transformation from a passionate desire to compete at the collegiate level speaks volumes about his dedication to his sport. Dhruv says “Trust in yourself, trust in the program, and trust in the team. Be a person first and an athlete second and be kind to others and give to your teammates as much as they give to you.”
Cameron Rohde, sprinting to the University of Arizona with a track and field scholarship, is attributing his success to ISB's competitive environment. Cameron emphasizes the value of hard work, a trait that translates beyond athletics into all aspects of life. As he heads to college, he's taking with him the worldly perspective gained from diverse cultures and backgrounds at ISB. He was roundly praised by his coach, Olympic Hurdler Tricia Roberts, for his impact on hurdling in particular, as younger athletes in the team have been inspired to try this sport after watching Cameron’s technique. Several of his Thai National Team mates from other schools and universities traveled to ISB for the early morning ceremony to celebrate this wonderful moment with Cameron, a wonderful display of sportsmanship and support.
Cameron's skills have garnered him recognition, even dropping international times and fueling dreams of competing in the 2028 Olympics. Offering some words of advice to the lower grades, Cameron says "Be disciplined and aim to become an expert in your sport or chosen subject. It's the key to standing out and taking you far in life."
Hitting the Home Run
Nate Scranton signed his intent to study Business Administration and Baseball at Bethany Lutheran College in Minnesota. Nate, ISB student since kindergarten, was hailed as a standout player and student by Coach Wade, who identified his talent, dedication and love for the game as soon as he saw him play seven years ago. Nate, in turn, attributes his success to the unwavering support of his coaches, parents, and the tight-knit baseball community at ISB. He is thankful for the sacrifices made by his parents to get him to tournaments, camps around South East Asia and to coach Wade for his guidance and support.
The celebration marks a milestone for ISB, recognizing the achievements of these student-athletes as they enter on the next chapter of their academic and sporting journeys. The dedication, countless hours of training, and passion for their respective sports have undoubtedly paid off. As they step into the collegiate arena, the ISB community wishes them the best of luck, confident that these four remarkable individuals will continue to make their mark both academically and athletically.
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