This year marked the inauguration of the Athletes-of-the Month program at Rahway High School, begun by its student-run newspaper, Rho Eta Sigma. The brainchild of editor-in-chief Alejandro Ramirez and organized by Ramirez and sports editor Dominick Williams, the program finished the year strong and now looks forward to continuing next year beginning in September with the high school’s fall sports season. Rho Eta Sigma presents its final recipients of the 2017-2018 school year with two winners for the spring sports season, seniors Isabel Elliott and Jason Winters. Both spoke with us recently. See their interviews below.
Interview with Isabel Elliott—
Athlete of the Spring Season
Q: Isabel, congratulations on being chosen as Athlete-of-the-Spring for the softball season. How does it feel?
A: Thank you. I was very surprised. It’s been my best year definitely, the most fun, and especially my best hitting season.
Q: Tell us a bit about the season and how everything went this year.
A: I played outfield this year, centerfield. I really enjoyed it. It was my first time playing outfield. I’d previously played infield positions, especially shortstop. I really developed as a
player this year. I became a much more vocal player now that I was one of the oldest on the team. The team was very different this year too. It was very much a family.
Q: How long have you been playing?
A: I first started playing in 7th grade for the Middle School team under Coach O’Callahan. I was pretty bad. But I stuck with it because I enjoyed it. I was always going to my uncles’ softball games every Sunday. I sort of grew up with it.
Q: So what are your plans for next year?
A: So next year I’ll be attending Drew University in Madison, NJ. I would like to continue with softball if possible. I want to study psychology and eventually work in a school.
Q: Is there anyone you’d like to thank?
A: I’d like to thank Coach Hennessy for nominating me and for showing me everything. I want to thank Coach Crowell for being very supportive of me. And I want to thank my family and friends for coming to games and supporting me.
Q: Isabel, thanks for the interview. And congratulations again.
A: Thank you, Isabel Elliott
Interview with Jason Winters—
Athlete of the Spring Season
Q: Jason, congratulations on being chosen as Athlete-of-the-Spring for the baseball season.
A: Thanks. I’m very honored. I was very surprised to find out I had won.
Q: Tell us about the season and your background in baseball.
A: I’ve been playing in Rahway since I was four years old. I currently play right field and I pitch. I also play travel baseball, so I play something like 500 games a year.
Q: Did you have any notable accomplishments this year?
A: Yeah, the main one is that I achieved 92 career hits. The school record is 94. We had a bunch of games cancelled due to weather, and I really think I might have achieved 100 career hits if I had just a few more games.
Q: What are your plans for next year?
A: I’ve joined the Marines, so I ship out to boot camp in North Carolina on September 10, though I may change the date to August. My brother David is already in the military, the Army, so this played a role in my decision. I actually had some college offers to play baseball, Lehigh was one, but my coaches told them, he’s joining the Marines so baseball and college will have to wait.
Q: That’s really an amazing thing that you decided to put those other things on hold in order to join the service. Is there anyone you’d like to thank for your success in life up to this point?
A: Yes, I’d like to thank my coaches and teammates. And I’d especially like to thank my dad who raised me, taught me how to play baseball, and has always motivated me.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add?
A: Yes, a phrase I came up with a while ago. “No cats live here.” It means, have not fear.
Q: Thanks, Jason, for the interview. Good luck in the Marines.
A: Thank you very much.