Athletics and college: Alums meet with senior Bears


Senior Landon Bears interested in playing sports on the collegiate level after graduation met with Landon alumni who currently play in a variety of sports and divisions in the NCAA to learn more about what college life is like as a student athlete.

Landon's College Counseling Office welcomed back seven alums from a wide range of sports for the panel discussion. Alums weighed in on topics ranging from social media, to strength training regimens, to injuries and recovery.

The event was one initiative in Landon's ongoing effort to prepare boys holistically for productive college careers. All Bears learn strategies to help them balance different responsibilities, both in the classroom and on the field. Alumni showed how effective planning, adapting to next-level expectations, and balancing the responsibilities of college life can help make for a successful student career.

Alumni panelists included Randy Bednar '16 (University of Maryland baseball), Michael Branche '18 (University of Dayton soccer), Griffin Brown '16 (Colgate University lacrosse), Isher Gill '16 (George Washington University water polo), Alex Hagerup '18 (Fairfield University lacrosse), Mac Hollensteiner '18 (Georgetown University football), and Nico Kenary '18 (Amherst College soccer).

Bears hoping to play sports in college said it was beneficial to hear from NCAA athletes who are also familiar with Landon's co-curricular sports program.

"I was happy to hear from Nico about how the New England Small College Athletic Conference is such a great conference, and that going to a smaller college doesn't mean you'll miss out on anything," said Miles Tonkel '19, a Division III lacrosse recruit for Colby College.

The panel discussion marked the first of several college counseling events open to students and families this semester as seniors prepare to leave for college this fall.