Honoring Members of the Westover Community
How to submit a nomination:
Click here to download a nomination form for the Westover Award, Distinguishing Young Alumna Award, and the Volunteer Service Award.
Completed nomination forms may be filled out and emailed to email@example.com or mailed to: Carrie Loyd '05, Assistant Director of Alumnae Relations, Westover School, PO Box 847, Middlebury, CT 06762.
- The Westover Award
- THE MARIA RANDALL ALLEN '42 AWARD FOR VOLUNTEER SERVICE TO WESTOVER
- THE DISTINGUISHED YOUNG ALUMNA AWARD
Established in 1954, the Westover Award is presented by the Westover Alumnae Association to a person associated with Westover School whose tangible accomplishments are significant and who, in life and spirit, has exemplified the Westover motto: "To Think, To Do, To Be."
The candidate should have demonstrated the personal qualities that exemplify the Westover motto, both in thought and deed. An interest in Westover over the years is important but not the most significant consideration. The recipient must have had an affiliation with Westover, whether as an alumna, a trustee, or a member of the faculty or staff. Positions held as a student are not a consideration. It is what a candidate has done with his or her life that is the determining factor.
The Westover Award Committee, on behalf of the Board of Governors, actively seeks to identify deserving candidates through research, personal knowledge, word of mouth, and careful reading of class notes and articles in the Westover magazine. Anyone may submit a candidate’s name. The Alumnae Office or the committee chairman will furnish nomination forms on request. Completed forms should be sent to the committee chairman. The committee researches the nominees and submits a list of candidates to the full Board of Governors. The recipient is chosen by secret ballot. There is no requirement that the award be presented annually. The work of the Westover Award Committee is confidential.
WESTOVER AWARD RECIPIENTS
1954 — Virgilia (Peterson) Paulding ’21
1955 — Sylvia (Shaw) Haskins ’15
1956 — Marion (Savage) Heyniger ’14
1960 — Jane (Piper) Baltzell ’35
1962 — Muriel (Tuttle) Eden ’12
1963 — Katherine (Ainsworth) Mills ’22
1964 — Florence (Lowden) Miller ’16
1965 — Eliza (Talbott) Thayer ’20
1966 — Helen (Homans) Gilbert ’31
1967 — Nancy (May) Field ’35
1969 — Elsie (Talbott) Mead ’13
1970 — Alice Tully ’20
1971 — Rebecca (Love) Drew ’34
1972 — Elizabeth (Raftery) Crawford ’12
1974 — Nancy (duPont) Cooch ’37
1975 — Cora Rust Owen ’28
1976 — Adele Ervin ’42
1977 — Katherine (Woodruff) Fanning ’45
1978 — Louise (McKelvy) Walker ’32
1979 — Winifred (Clarke) Anthony ’12
1980 — Kate (Rand) Lloyd ’41
1981 — Naomi Christy ’31
1982 — Alice (Lightner) Hopf ’23
1983 — Beverly Cutler ’67
1984 — Patricia (Castles) Acheson ’42
1985 — Elizabeth M. Newton
1986 — Maria (Randall) Allen ’42
1987 — Eunice (Strong) Groark ’56
1988 — Margaret (Bush) Clement ’18
1989 — Hubert T. Mandeville
1990 — Madeleine (Kilvert) Butcher ’38
1991 — Beatrice (Bronson) Garvan ’46
1992 — Patricia (Kelly) Healy ’35
1993 — Mary (Townsend) Hamill ’59
1994 — Elizabeth (Coleman) Mooney ’44
1995 — Patricia (Foote) Davidson ’47
1996 — Florence (Anderson) Gibson ’41
1997 — Anita (Packard) Montgomery ’47
1998 — Nancy (Hoover) Zeckhauser ’60
1999 — Georgina (Miller) Bissell ’39
2000 — Eleanor Dean Acheson ’65
2001 — Betty (Blair) Mauk ’37
2002 — Susan (Silliman Tracy) Addiss ’47
2003 — Deborah Massey ’68
2004 — Betsy (Shirley) Michel ’59
2005 — Sherry (Fisher) Huber ’55
2006 — Marcy (Tench) Crimmins ’56
2007 — Amanda (Mortimer) Burden ’62
2008 — Elizabeth (Markham) Nicholson ’63
2009 — Elizabeth Huidekoper ’70
2010 — Charlotte Beyer Fiveson '65
2011 — Sarita Van Vleck '51
2012 — Barrie Hogan Landry '62
2013 — Heather Mannella Nuzzo '91
2014 — Louisa Jones Palmer '54
2015 — Ann S. Pollina P'00,'03
2016 — Jennifer Robbins Manocherian '56
2017 - Mari Hill Harpur '67
This award is given to an individual in recognition of her significant service to Westover and her consistent support of the School. The award honors an individual who has, through her work as a volunteer for Westover, demonstrated outstanding loyalty and a deep commitment to the mission of our School.
Maria Randall Allen '42 Volunteer Service Award Recipients
1998 --- Maria Randall Allen ’42
1999 --- N/A
2000 --- Virginia Stanton Duncan ’42
2001 --- Fanny Curtis Luke ’41
2002 --- Jean Van Sindren Henry ’39
2003 --- Helen Angier Trumbull ’48
2004 --- Priscilla Cunningham ’54
2005 --- Sheila O’Conner Sevier ’55
2006 --- Margaret Clement Green ’65
2007 --- Anne Holmes White ’47
2008 --- Katharine Clarkson McDonald ’39
2009 --- Anne Wigglesworth Walker ’64
2010 --- Westover Spirit
2011 --- Laurie Lisle ’61
2012 --- Rosa Gatling Williams ’77
2013 --- Leigh Keyser Phillips '68
2014 --- Antionette Walker Hamner '69
2015 --- Susan L. DeSimone '80
2016 --- Abby M. Brown '61
2017 --- Joan Gerster '72
This award is given to an alumna, five to fifteen years out of Westover School, who is inspired as an intellectual, artist, athlete, philosopher or entrepreneur, and who demonstrates integrity, responsibility and commitment to community in accordance with the Westover mission.
DISTINGUISHED YOUNG ALUMNAE AWARD RECIPIENTS
2001 — Ann Vileisis ’85
2006 — Dena Simmons ’01
2007 — Angela Muvumba ’92
2008 — Mia (Ferrara) Pelosi ’95
2009 — Tiffany Bradley ’99
2010 — Xiania Foster '95
2011 — Nicky Emeagwali '96
2012 -- Katie Hallaran '02
2013 -- Oana Sanziana Marian '98
2014 -- Jin Lee '04
2015 -- Elizabeth Panilaitis '00
2016 -- Rebecca Paolino Holshouser '01
2017 -- Amanda Trabulsi '12
- Edith Cummings Munson 1917
- Debbie Massey '68
- Darcy Ramsey '81
- Tomo Nakanishi ’96
- Laurie Black Stefanowicz ’97
- Anneke Rothman, Former Director of Athletics
- Cathie Gemino Hillian '99
- Caitlin Snyder '04
- Meg North '06
- Courtney Mulligan Whitelocke '06
- Elizabeth ‘Wibby’ Moulton Ritchey ’52
- Margaret ‘Dale’ MacDonald Jensen ’57
- Jeanette Matheson Lussi ’82
- Aimee Gough ‘02
“She had the glory of the racing cutter full sail on a winning breeze.”
– George Meredith, a Primer to the Novels by James Moffat
Edith’s senior quotation from the 1917 Westover yearbook
As a student at Westover during its first decade, Edith Cummings did not have many opportunities to pursue her interest and talents in athletics, but she managed to make the most of what opportunities she had. While at Westover, Edith played Over hockey, basketball, and tennis. She was the captain of the Over and Senior tennis teams and she was named to the All-Westover Hockey Team in 1917. Her Senior hockey and basketball teams won their championship games that year.
Edith took up golf after graduating from Westover and in doing so, became a role model for women of her time. In 1921, she competed in the British Ladies Amateur Golf Championship. In 1922, she won the International Invitation Tournament played at the Buffalo Country Club in front of a gallery of 4,000. A New York Times article on July 1, 1922 read, “… the steady play and long drives of Miss Cummings, her perfect mashie work and consistent putting were too much for her young rival.” Later that year, Edith played in the U.S. Women’s Amateur Golf Championship, losing on the last hole to the future renowned golfer Glenna Collett. Edith later had her revenge, as she won the 1923 tournament to become National Champion. In her second Buffalo Invitational, she shaved the women’s course record with a first round 78 and went on to earn second honors while being referred to as “Edith Cummings, Empress of the nation’s links.” Edith defeated 151 starters in the 1924 Women’s Western Golf Championship at her home course, the Onwentsia Club in Lake Forest, IL.
With all her success, she appeared on the cover of Time magazine as well as profiles in Vogue, Ladies Home Journal, and many newspapers. The Aug. 25, 1924 Time cover was the first for a golfer and for a female athlete.
Edith also participated in a battle-of-the-sexes challenge on the Sasco links in Fairfield, CT, on Sept. 1, 1924. “Attention centered on three women, the Big Three of the National women’s title play … (including) National Champion Edith Cummings. Edith was matched up against Men’s National Champion Max R. Marston. The men ‘spotted’ the women five bisques [handicap strokes] each and played them individual matches. As the two National champions went into battle, Miss Cummings was heard to taunt Mr. Marston: ‘Why, Max, no man in the world can give me five bisques and get away with it!’ She recalled beating Marston in similar matches at Garden City in 1923, at Philadelphia in 1923; and whatever ‘Indian sign’ she had on him then, she still possessed. Confused, Marston topped drives, missed putts, was beaten 3 and 2 with only three bisques used against him. The rest of the men won.” [Time 1924]
Edith’s legacy endures as each year the Edith Cummings Munson Golf Award is presented at the NCAA Division I Golf Championship. The award goes to the student-athlete who is both a National Golf Coaches Association (NGCA) All-American Scholar and an NGCA All-American. A donation of $5,000 is given from the Curtis & Edith Cummings Munson Foundation to the general scholarship fund of the recipient’s institution.
Throughout her life Edith remained an avid sportswoman passionate about the outdoors especially interested in fishing and hunting. She continued to golf into her 80s. She died November 20, 1984.
From the time she could first walk, Debbie Massey was very active athletically. She enjoyed
skiing, swimming, and tennis; golf, however, would not enter her life until the age of 15.
Debbie attended Westover during a time of growth in women’s athletics. Interscholastic play was relatively new for some teams and still non-existent for others. While at Westover, Debbie
played Over and Senior field hockey; Over, Senior, and Varsity basketball; and Varsity softball. She served as captain for the Varsity team as well as the Senior team for basketball and for Varsity softball.
While she kept a 7-iron and sand wedge with her during her early years at Westover, Debbie graduated to a full set and practiced at Middlebury’s Highfield Club during her senior year. Later, at the University of Denver, Debbie was allowed to play with the men’s golf team (there wasn’t a women’s team at the time) in a couple of tournaments that weren’t sanctioned by the NCAA. During the summer after college, she played in her first national amateur tournaments and won the Women’s Western Amateur Championship.
From 1972 to 1976 she won 11 major amateur titles (including the Canadian Amateur, Western Amateur, and Eastern Amateur), made the Curtis Cup (her record is an unequaled 5-0) and World Amateur teams in 1974 and 1976, and was ranked as the #1 woman’s amateur golfer for three of the four years she played before becoming a professional golfer in 1977.
That year she won Rookie of the Year honors. In her career, Debbie went on to win the 1977 Mizuno Japan Classic, the 1979 Wheeling Classic, the 1990 Mazda Japan Classic and the 1980 and 1981 Women’s British Open. She served as Vice Captain of the Solheim Cup in 2000.
Debbie has served as a role model in other aspects of sports. She started her own business, Opus 1, a sports marketing firm representing LPGA players. She has served on many committees including president and vice president of the LPGA Executive Committee, the USGA Implements and Ball Committee, the National Advisory Board of the Women’s Sports Foundation, the National Advisory Board of the Executive Women’s Golf Association, and the LPGA Hall of Fame Committee. Massey received the Golf Digest Founders Cup Award for her humanitarian contributions to the American Heart Association, the Red Cross, and the Burn Foundation. She currently works in marketing and public relations at Black Lake Golf Club in Onaway, MI, teaches golf schools in the summer, and represents the club when she competes.
In 2002, Debbie was honored with the Westover Award for her accomplishments and leadership in the field of athletics. “In acknowledgement that women are taking their place in a wide arena of sports previously reserved for men,” her award citation noted, “we honor a real sportswoman who has done so much for women’s sports and who exemplifies the values that Westover stands for.”
Throughout her three years at Westover, Darcy Ramsey consistently displayed her athletic prowess. She played Varsity field hockey and basketball all three years and played Varsity softball for two years. She served as Basketball Captain in 1980. She served as First Head of Overs and First Head of the Athletic Association.
During her freshman year at Lake Forest University, Darcy played Varsity field hockey and
Varsity softball, but realized that “these aren’t the kind of sports you can play the rest of your life.” So, she started bicycle racing, a sport she has indeed continued with for almost three decades.
Darcy taught physical education and coached at the Greenwich Country Day School for four years, served as a Connecticut state trooper for several years and began competing in duathlons, competitions combining running and bicycle racing. She is an 11-time winner of the Tour de Greenwich, a Master National Road Champion in 1998, a six-time Ironman triathlete, a two-time Olympic Trials competitor in cycling, and a three-time member of Team USA/Duathlon.
In 1994 she was the winner of her age group at the 1994 World Duathlon Championships in Switzerland (which combines a 9-mile run, a 93-mile bike race, and then ends with a 19-mile run) and in 2006 she returned to Switzerland to earn a silver medal at the Powerman Duathlon World Championships.
Darcy has also accomplished much in her professional life in sports. She owned and operated a spinning studio, Velocity, for six years. She is currently working as a personal trainer and as a coach for triathletes and bicycle racers in Connecticut’s Fairfield County area. She is AFAA (Aerobics and Fitness Association of America) certified, is a Master Spin Instructor, a USA Certified Cycling Coach, and a USA Triathlon Certified Coach.
Despite her busy work schedule, Darcy continues to compete in the sports she loves. “I feel fortunate,” she said. “I have taken a sport and turned it into a livelihood.”
On the hardwood of the volleyball court, Tomo Nakanishi’s squads accomplished an unprecedented record and back-to-back New England Championships in 1995 and 1996.
Her dedication to and expertise in her sport inspired Westover to create the Tomo Nakanishi Award,
which is given at Westover’s annual Orchard Ceremony. The citation for the award notes that Tomo “became an immediate exemplar, both as a teacher of skills and as a teacher of attitudes, leading her team to three years of unprecedented successes. This award goes to a senior athlete who has shown during her years at Westover a devotion to a particular sport through her hard work during practice, and her intense, intelligent play in games. The recipient of this award is to be an accomplished athlete who demonstrates a truly competitive spirit.”
A native of Japan, Tomo was recruited as an 11-year-old volleyball player by a prestigious junior high school in Osaka. She led a very talented team, was named a captain, and her team won the Junior Olympic Cup. She came to Westover after graduation from her junior high and became an immediate sports star. While at Westover, Tomo also played Varsity soccer for two years and became the driving force behind the volleyball program. In addition to leading her team to two New England Championships, she served as captain for her one-loss senior season.
Recruited by several Division I colleges, Tomo ultimately chose to attend Brown University. Tomo, an outside hitter, earned Rookie of the Year honors as a freshman and was named to the First Team All-Ivy. During her sophomore year she helped Brown to its first 20-win season since the 1980s and its first post-season invitation. As a junior, she was named Ivy Player of the Year and led the Bears to an undefeated league season, a 23-9 record overall, and a trip to the NCAA Tournament. As a senior, she would complete her career as one of only four Ivy League athletes to have been named First Team All-Ivy for all four years. She still holds Brown’s records for kills (1,716) and digs (1,762), was inducted into the Brown Athletic Hall of Fame in 2006, and has been named one of the top 100 Brown athletes of the century.
Tomo’s success, however, was not only on the hardwood. Tomo was named Academic All-Ivy ’99, was awarded the USAA All-American Scholar Award, and was an Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar.
Tomo credits her experience at Westover with helping her prepare for success at the next level in her sport as well as life.
By the 1990s, Westover was beginning to assert itself on athletic fields and courts. Teams and individuals from this decade were accomplishing major strides in athletic achievement. One very important contributor to this effort was Laurie Black Stefanowizc, a premier soccer player.
Before her Westover career, Laurie was a member of the Yankee Premier Club and helped her team to a third place finish at the club’s National Championships.
She played for six years for the Connecticut State Olympic Development Team and was twice selected to the Region 1 Olympic Development Team.
Laurie demonstrated her soccer prowess from the day she stepped onto the Westover campus. She was a four- year Varsity player, served as captain her senior year and was that team’s Most Valuable Player. In addition, her talent was recognized and respected by opposing coaches who selected her as an All-State player during all of her four years at Westover.
After her graduation, Laurie went on to attend Vanderbilt University and became a four-year varsity member for the Commodores, where she was described as “the heart and soul of the team.” She was named Second Team All Southeast Conference (SEC) as a sophomore and was named First Team All SEC and Third Team All-Central Region as a senior. She played and started as a defender in all 21 games her senior year. Laurie was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll team four times during her college career.
In February 2001, Laurie’s senior year, she was a fourth-round draft choice of the Atlanta Beat, a Women’s United Soccer Association team, during the professional league’s inaugural season. Laurie earned a position as a reserve midfield/defender as one of the youngest members of the team. The team earned a 10-4-7 record leading the eight-team league but lost in the finals to the Bay Area Cyber Rays on penalty kicks.
After The Beat’s season ended, Laurie accepted a position with Millsport, a sports marketing firm. Currently, she is a Vice President with Catamount Management Group, a financial advisory services based in Westport, CT.
She serves on the boards of Caroline House, the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation, and the Fairfield County Sports Commission Advisory Board. She and her husband, Jeff, reside in Fairfield, CT, and are the parents of two daughters, Ellie and Maisie.
Through her service as Director of Athletics and as a French teacher during her time at Westover, Anneke Rothman has had a lasting effect on three generations of Westover students. During her 31 years at the School, her duties included serving as a coach of field hockey, volleyball, lacrosse, softball, and basketball, and an instructor of soccer, gymnastics, and badminton.
It is fitting that Anneke is an inaugural inductee of the Athletic Association Hall of Fame. She came to Westover in 1971 when participation in interscholastic sports was still quite limited for girls. She found a culture that encouraged participation but not competition.
In her time at Westover, she encouraged and affected change in both the girls and the School. Westover followed her lead and over time made significant changes to its athletics program. Mandeville Field, a new field for field hockey and lacrosse, was constructed in 1978; game days were moved from Tuesdays and Thursdays to the independent school schedule of Wednesdays and Saturdays; practice time was increased from 60 minutes to 100 minutes; and sports schedules were expanded to provide a greater number of competitors.
Anneke also increased and varied the number of athletic offerings, inspiring a wider range of students to discover a passion for sports and fitness.
Student-athletes knew Anneke to be fair but demanding. Many stories are shared at reunions that tell of Anneke leading early morning runs at sports camp, her encouraging words that could be firm and pointed, and – of course – her desire for perfection in graduation marching practice.
As Darcy Ramsey ’81, one of her fellow Hall of Fame inductees and a past First Head of the Athletic Association, put it, “Anneke said, ‘You’re going to run’ and she didn’t take no for an answer!”
On both the School’s playing fields and on its courts, Anneke has said, she hoped she “instilled in the girls a desire to want to keep up their fitness, to work hard during practice sessions, to play hard in games, and consequently to find pleasure and enjoyment in their sports.”
At Anneke’s urging Westover responded once again to the needs of the students with the construction of the Fuller Athletic Center, which was completed in 2001. As a fitting tribute the Rothman Fitness Room was dedicated in her honor at the center’s opening ceremonies.
Cathie Gemino Hillian '99
2014 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee Cathie Gemino Hillian has an extensive athletic history. At a time when Westover was dedicating itself to answering the needs of some of its most talented athletes, Cathie stands out as a leader.
Cathie served as the Second Head of the Athletic Association in her senior year. She was a three-sport Varsity athlete competing in Soccer, Basketball, and Softball. She was elected a captain of all three sports her senior year. She was recognized as All-State in her senior year.
At the 1999 Orchard Ceremony, Cathie received the Ann Cochran Stewart ’29 Basketball Award. The award,inscribed with the motto “Enthusiasm and joy could she both call her own,” is presented to “that basketball player who, through her enthusiasm and dedication, contributed most to the game of basketball at Westover.” She also received the Carmen Eckman ’95 Soccer Award for the player who, in her years at Westover, was instrumental in raising the level of play both in practice and in games and who greatly contributed to bringing the soccer team to a championship level. She also was recognized with the Senior Athletic Award, given to the senior, who has, “during her years at Westover, been on the varsity team practically every trimester, and who has added through her skills and sportsmanship to good competition and who has been an excellent representative for Westover School.”
Cathie’s athletic participation continued as a member of the Springfield College Varsity Soccer team. She served as a defensive specialist playing the back position. She played in every game her sophomore and junior years and during that stretch she helped the team to two winning seasons, amassing a record of 27-11-3. During the 2001-2002 season, she was named, Women’s Weight Lifter of the Year.
After college she returned to Westover to assist Carol Santos as an Assistant Varsity Basketball Coach for three seasons and has continued to be an important member of Westover’s counseling program serving our girls daily through our Health Center. A mother of three children, she remains active in basketball and softball and continues to run competitively, having competed in the Rugged Maniac 5K.
Caitlin Snyder, a 2014 Westover School Athletic Hall of Fame Inductee, was selected in her first year of eligibility. Caitlin was a standout Soccer, Basketball, and Softball player during her four years at Westover. She was elected a three-sport captain her senior year and was Second Head of the Athletic Association.
Caitlin was recognized at the 2004 Orchard Ceremony with the Ann Cochran Stewart ’29 Basketball Award. The award, inscribed with the motto “Enthusiasm and joy could she both call her own,” is presented to "that basketball player who, through her enthusiasm and dedication, contributed most to the game of basketball at Westover." She received the Carol Heath Softball Award, which is awarded to that softball player who has shown dedication and commitment to the team and passion for the sport. She was also the recipient of the Senior Athletic Award, given to the Senior who has, “during her years at Westover, been on the varsity team practically every trimester, and who has added through her skills and sportsmanship to good competition and who has been an excellent representative for Westover School.”
Softball was where Caitlin shone the most, playing catcher and infielder positions. While attending Westover, Caitlin contributed to the success of the
She continued her softball career as a four-year member of the Salve Regina Softball Team, serving as Captain in 2008. She was named All-Conference her Junior year and she secured several top ten records for the program. These include: 8th most at bats : (408); tied 9th most doubles (16); tied 9th most runs batted in (58); tied 4th most sacrifice flies (5); tied 2nd most runners picked off; 4th most put outs (634); tied 7th most double plays turned (6); and 9th highest fielding percentage (minimum 100 chances) .968 (634-57-23).
During her four years at Westover, Meg North was a leader on and off the athletic stage. She served as the First Head of the Athletic Association, was a four-year member and Junior and Senior Head of Hand Bells. She was an active member of the Environmental Action Club and served as Head her senior year. In addition to being on Honor Roll, she received the Excellence in History Award at graduation. She was a three-sport varsity athlete earning eleven Varsity letters competing in soccer, squash and lacrosse. She was recognized as a National Student Athlete.
Meg was a co-recipient of the first Elizabeth Moulton Ritchey Award (formerly the Senior Athletic Award) given to the senior(s), “who has, during her years at Westover, been on the varsity team practically every trimester, and who has added through her skills and sportsmanship to good competition and who has been an excellent representative for Westover School. The award is named for Elizabeth Moulton Ritchey, ’52 quintessential athlete and dedicated alumna.” In addition to being senior captain, Meg was recognized as a 2005 CISAC All League Honorable Mention and received the 2006 Orchard Carmen Eckman Soccer Award, “named for a senior soccer player who, in her years at Westover, was instrumental in raising the level of play both in practice and in games and who greatly contributed to bringing the soccer team to a championship level.”
In lacrosse, as a freshman, she was a member of the 2003 Undefeated CISAC Championship team and received the Keyser Athletic Scholarship which allows the recipient to attend a summer camp, “and who will use this experience to improve her respective Westover team chosen on ability, motivation and the potential for future contributions.” Meg was a CISAC All League Honorable Mention (’05) and when serving as a captain and defensive specialist in 2006, she was named CISAC All League.
In squash, Meg was recruited to play squash by her sister Liz North (’04- 1st Head of AA and Squash Captain ’03-04). She began play on the JV ladder seeing competition in ladder positions #5 through #2. She was coached by Sandy Larkin (Westover’s first official competitive Squash Coach) and Assistant Peter North (yes, her father!). Coach Larkin was prophetic as he stated in Meg’s freshman year comment, “ In her four years, Meg will witness and be responsible for great improvements in Westover Squash.” Just the following year, Meg found herself playing #1 on the New England Class C Finalist team. She remained at #1 through her junior year when the team traveled to Florida for winter training (a team first) and then earned the right to compete in the Class B Tournament. However, Coach Larkin’s prediction became even more of a reality in her senior year when Meg became Westover’s first ever Flight Winner at the Class B New England Tournament playing in the #2 position. As a captain, she also led the team to a US Squash High School National Team Consolation Finalist finish with a team top 20 ranking in the nation. Westover’s historic first appearance at this event. She received the Tin Mug Squash Award at Orchard that year for, “contributing greatly to raising the level of competition. The recipient has been an excellent example for younger players and has shown good sportsmanship, dedication, determination and passion for the sport of Squash.”
Meg continued to build on her already impressive Squash resume at St. Lawrence University, one of three players from the class of 2006 to play at the collegiate level, including St. Lawrence teammate, Alyssa Smith ’06. As a Saint in 2007, her team won the Epps Cup at the CSA Team Championships as the team finished ranked #25 in the nation. She was named 2007 Liberty League Rookie of the Year. She played the #1 position her sophomore year being named All Liberty League and competed at the 2008 CSA Individual Nationals. She would also be named to the All Liberty League in her junior and senior years (the last year of the league for women’s squash.) playing #3. She had an excellent senior season going 12-7 when the team finished #23 in the nation.
At St. Lawrence, she received her BA in Environmental Studies with a minor in African Studies and continued her education earning her Master of Public Health (Global Health) from Boston University School of Public Health and was selected as a Global Health Corps Fellow. She completed her fellowship as a program coordinator for Vecna Cares Charitable Trust in Cambridge, MA.
She currently resides in Kigali, Rwanda where she works as the East African Program Officer for The Women’s Bakery, a non-profit organization started by another Westover graduate Markey Culver ’04. As East Africa Program Officer, she is responsible for the day to day operations of their East Africa Programs including partnership development, training, and bakery oversight. “The Women’s Bakery is a social enterprise committed to creating economic opportunities for women by training them to build, operate, manage, and sustain their own bakeries which sell affordable, locally sourced, highly nutritious breads. The Women’s Bakery addresses women’s lack of access to the following interrelated, prevalent problems in East African communities: 1) Economic empowerment 2) Social empowerment 3) Nutritious, affordable foods 4) Local market generation.”
Courtney Mulligan Whitelocke took full advantage of what Westover had to offer and gave back to her school in countless ways. She was Second Head of the Athletic Association as a senior, as well as serving as a Student Academic Committee English Representative, Head Old Girl and a Day Student Representative during her tenure. She was also a four-year member of the Flute Ensemble.
A three-sport Varsity athlete she found herself exceling academically as an Honor Roll student. Earning a total of eleven Varsity letters in Soccer, Squash and Lacrosse she was recognized as a National Student Athlete.
In 2004, she was selected by the coaches to receive The Westover Sportsmanship Award at Orchard, “given to an athlete who, through her participation, spirit, and teamwork has contributed the most to the promotion of good sportsmanship in the field of athletics during the year.”
She was a 2006 co-recipient of the first Elizabeth Moulton Ritchey Award (formerly the Senior Athletic Award) given to the senior(s), “who has, during her years at Westover, been on the varsity team practically every trimester, and who has added through her skills and sportsmanship to good competition and who has been an excellent representative for Westover School. School. The award is named for Elizabeth Moulton Ritchey, ’52 quintessential athlete and dedicated alumna.’ In her four years on the Varsity Soccer Team, she was recognized as a 2005 CISAC All League Honorable Mention and served as a captain her senior season. After one season on JV Basketball and receiving the team’s Sportsmanship Award, she was enticed to learn something new and found herself on the squash courts her sophomore year playing on the Varsity ladder at #4. She helped the 2004 team to a New England Championship Class C Finalist finish earning the title of Finalist at #4. She was part of the first team to winter train in Florida and also made history competing at Westover’s first appearance at the US High School Nationals finishing as Consolation Finalists and a team top 20 ranking in the nation. That ‘06 season, she finished 4th in the Class B New England Championships in the #3 spot. She was also the 2006 Coach’s Award recipient. Courtney also excelled at Lacrosse.
She was a member of the 2003 Undefeated CISAC Championship Team, earned a 2005 CISAC All League Honorable Mention and was CISAC All League in ‘06. A senior captain, she also led the team in goals and assists was Westover’s MVP and was selected by opposing coaches as a New England All Star. She was honored at Orchard with the Sarah G. Rush Lacrosse Award, “ given to that player who has shown enthusiasm, dedication, and determination in the sport of Lacrosse.”
Courtney was recruited by Franklin and Marshall College Squash Coach Ron Epps. During her four-year career she played top 6 including as high as #1, enjoyed a consistent Diplomat team ranking of top 20 in the nation, was a four year member of the Dean’s list and for her academic accomplishments a Delphic Scholar- Athlete Society member. She was captain her senior season (she also served in this capacity fall term of her sophomore year when some upperclassmen were on exchange).
During her junior and senior seasons she complied a 21-13 record and most notably she currently sits on the record board for “Top 20 in All Time Wins” (min. of 30) for the 50 year old F&M Women’s Squash Program.
Former #1 player in the world, Coach John White had this to say about her, “Courtney was a great competitor, captain and best of all a great leader both on and off the court. Courtney made sure that all the team members were at training on time, had everything in order for the home and away matches and best of all had their studies in order. She knew when to have fun and when the hard work on the court needed to get done. Courtney ran and ran, and ran every ball down, she never gave up...she hated to lose and because of this she outplayed and beat many a stronger opponent! This is what made her a great captain and competitor. Courtney is the type of team player and captain that any coach would love to work with and her character is what makes coaching that much easier!”
Extending her athletic involvement, she was a Lacrosse Coach at the Lancaster Country Day School and today she competes in the New York Women’s Squash League. She volunteers and serves as a mentor to Westover Squash Team members from City Squash, a not-for-profit after-school enrichment program based in NYC. The organization helps motivated and talented young people from economically disadvantaged households fulfill their academic, athletic and personal potential.
After finding her love of Art History at Westover she received a BA in Art History with a Minor in French from F&M and her master’s in Art History and Art World Practice from Christie’s Education, London, UK and the University of Glasgow.
She is currently employed as a Project Manager for the NYC Department of Transportation’s Urban Art Program, aids with representing DOT on Percent for Art projects working closely with the Department of Cultural Affairs, works on project development, interviewing and selecting artists, site selection, social media, creating presentations for artist selection panels and assists with Summer Streets, an annual celebration of NYC streets. She directs volunteers from NY Cares and other local organizations to assist selected artists in chosen projects. DOT Art partners with community-based organizations and commissions emerging and established artists to produce site-responsive art.
Artists present temporary public art in neighborhoods across the five boroughs helping transform the city's streets from ordinary to extraordinary with unexpected interventions - colorful murals, dynamic light projections and thought-provoking sculptures.
Elizabeth “Wibby” Moulton Ritchey spent three years at Westover. During her tenure she made her mark on the athletic program. She was a constant presence on the fields and courts as a signature athlete in Ice Hockey, Basketball, Field Hockey, and Baseball. (She apparently was also known for her “dimples.”)
In 1950 – her first year at Westover – she represented the Overs in Field Hockey, was the Ice Hockey goalie, contributed to Basketball, and played left field for the Baseball team. During the “calling” at the end of the year, she was credited with earning 12 points. In 1951, there were only five teams offered during the school year; Wibby found herself on four of them. She moved to shortstop in Baseball, played as a forward in Basketball, was the center halfback for the Over Field Hockey team, and was also on the All Westover Field Hockey Team. She played center in Ice Hockey, and also served as the team’s captain. She was elected as the Assistant Manager of the Overs and earned 14 points for her Spirit Team that year.
Wibby continued to shine as a senior, solidifying herself in Westover history. She continued to be a standout on the Senior teams of all four of her chosen sports. She again found herself on the All Westover Field Hockey Team for the second straight year. She added President of the Athletic Association to her resume and, at the “calling out of the members of the teams,” she was highlighted as garnering a total of 40 total points for her years at Westover.
After Westover, she attended Vassar and was honored to be asked to play for the Field Hockey team; however, because the team did not actually play games against other colleges, she focused on other interests. Her career path took her to work in television production working for such shows as Captain Kangaroo and The Electric Company. Dedicated to education, she served on her local board of education.
After Wibby’s passing in 2005, her dear friend Cynthia Crowley honored her commitment to children, education, and sports by establishing the “Elizabeth Moulton Ritchey ’52 Prize (formally known as the Senior Athletic Award) which is awarded each year at Orchard to the outstanding Westover senior athlete or athletes. The award was first presented in 2006 to last year’s Hall of Fame Inductees, Margaret Treat North ’06 and Courtney Mulligan Whitelocke ’06.
Cynthia graciously shared this about Wibby: “Wibby enriched a lot of people’s lives and now she has a permanent place at Westover to honor her. Being in the ‘limelight’ was never Wibby’s choice, but at some time in one’s life, the good works and kindness one has sustained over a lifetime ought to be recognized.” It is therefore fitting now to also recognize Wibby as an official inductee of the 2017 Westover School Athletic Hall of Fame.
Margaret “Dale” MacDonald Jensen set a benchmark for future athletes at Westover. She was a legacy student as her mother, Maud Gillette MacDonald ’33, and an aunt, Dale Gillette Rogers ’30, attended Westover. Setting the stage, her mother played tennis while here at school.
Being active was vitally important to Dale and taking advantage of competing on her Spirit Teams became a focus during her time at school. And, after Westover, Dale demonstrated her love of Westover athletics and continued to support our mission of “inspiring the athlete,” as has her husband Dick since Dale’s passing in 2013. To give you an idea of her competitiveness, in her senior yearbook, it states that her “suppressed ambition” was “to win the Women’s Open.”
In an era of limited access to athletics for women, Dale took advantage of every opportunity that came her way. Before Westover, Dale began to hone her athletic skills. According to her best friend from the third grade on, Laura Evans Ridder ’57, the two would ski every weekend when there was snow in Duluth. This passion for skiing continued at Westover and was remembered by her classmates. It was noted that she could be “seen dangling her skis from the Bromley tow line.” Her love of golf was also apparent even at her young age. Laura had this to say about her friend, “She loved her sports and really excelled at them.”
Dale participated in five different sports during her three years at Westover. A West, she played Ice Hockey, Basketball, and Softball in 1955; as a sophomore she was selected to serve as Captain of West Ice Hockey. That same year, her West Basketball Team were the champions with a 32-23 win in the final game. In her junior year, she added Field Hockey and Tennis to her repertoire. She had the honor of being the West Captain of Softball as well. As a senior, Dale continued to be a standout, playing on all five senior teams. Dale was elected Third Head of the Athletic Association and served as the Secretary-Treasurer during her senior year. She was also involved in the Photography Club and was in the Nativity Play.
Dale continued to stay very active throughout her life. She competed in tennis and golf and shared her skills and her love of the game with her children, Scott and Wendy. “Dale played a ‘mean’ game of golf,” Scott said. “She always played by the rules and imparted that to me. I remember how easy it was for her to kick my a** in anything athletic and how she made it seem so natural. It sure was the teaching philosophy of Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD) … just above my ability to keep me reaching. Finally, I got old enough to keep up,” Scott added. Sharing all that is good about sports was important to Dale as she lived the ideals that have come to identify Westover athletes. Both Scott and Wendy learned to love sports because she taught them to have fun while participating. Her grandchildren continue to carry on her ability and tradition. What better legacy can one have?
Congratulations to Dale’s family on this occasion of her induction into Westover School’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Jeannette Matheson Lussi’s Westover athletic journey began when she joined the community as a sophomore. She immediately let her presence be known. A force to be reckoned with on the field, Jeanette was a major contributor to the athletic program.
At Westover, she was able to continue with the sport she loved most, Soccer, immediately earning a spot on the Varsity squad. In addition, she played Varsity Paddle Tennis in the winter and, after learning lacrosse from her brothers, she was a welcomed addition to the Varsity Lacrosse program. However, she apparently was requested to “play more like a girl.” She remained on these Varsity squads for three years and was elected Soccer captain her senior year. Jeannette promoted the soccer program, being named to the Connecticut All Star Team in both her junior and senior years. She also was 2nd Head of Wests, was an Overtone, and participated in the Latin Club.
After Westover, Jeannette attended Roanoke College, where she played Lacrosse, partly because it did not have a Soccer program. At Roanoke, she contributed to the Lacrosse program her freshman year, playing in eight of their nine games, earning five points, and picking up 25 ground balls. The team finished 6-3, and 5-1 in their conference.
Always active, Jeannette decided in 1999 to take her athletic interests to a whole new level and she became a triathlete. The challenge was to maintain a healthy balance, both mentally and physically, to be able to finish a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike race and a 26.4-mile run. She maintained her training as a mother of three and participated in three to four competitions a year, including the 2000 Izuzu Ironman USA, in Lake Placid, New York. She has participated in five Ironman races, two Boston Marathons, and half-marathons, duathalons and countless 10K and 5K races. According to Athlinks (2016) she has run 158 races and covered 2,500 miles – too many to list, but to give an idea of her competitiveness: between March 2015 and March 2016, Jeannette earned seven first-place age-group finishes and seven second-place age-group finishes in races that included half marathons, a Sprint Duathlon 15k, 10ks, and 5ks.
Among other achievements, Jeannette received the 2007 Female Master Award from the Montgomery County Road Runners Club and was the September 2013 runner of the month for the Baltimore Road Runners Club. She also played master’s Soccer and competitive Paddle Tennis, is an equestrian, and continues to play Ice Hockey. She has been a proponent for helmet safety for skating and biking.
Having coached her children’s soccer teams, Jeannette found promoting Soccer for girls was a priority. In May 2007, she and her then 12-year-old daughter Tyler were pictured on the cover of Washington Parent highlighting an article entitled “Mother-Daughter Bonding Through Sports.” The article noted, “Jeannette’s advice for all mothers: share in your daughter’s passion for whatever sport or activity she enjoys. Encourage her, get involved and, whenever possible, play her game.”Today she is an owner of Assisted Living Well Compassionate Care. Thank you, Jeannette, for being an inspiration to past and future Westover students.
Aimee Gough made her mark at Westover in a variety of ways. She played Volleyball, Soccer, and Softball for all four years. An excellent example of an athlete who developed her talent over time, Aimee began her career at Westover contributing to two Junior Varsity programs before moving to the Varsity squads.
Aimee played two years of JV Soccer, serving as captain her sophomore year and one year of JV Volleyball. She completed her experience in Volleyball for three years and Soccer for two years at the Varsity level. In Softball, she was an immediate standout and played on the Varsity for all four years and was named captain during her senior year in 2002. In 2001, she was awarded the Carol Heath Softball Award, which is given to the Softball player who has shown dedication, commitment, and passion for the sport.
In 2001, Aimee also was the recipient of the Sportsmanship Award, which is given to an athlete who, through her participation, spirit, and teamwork, has contributed the most to the promotion of good sportsmanship in the field of athletics during the year. While at Westover, she also took part in the Cooking Club, Peer Support, and Chanterelle.
Aimee attended Harvard University, where she again excelled in athletics. She switched her focus to Rugby and found a new love. She played JV Volleyball and JV Softball as a freshman but she found, “that these teams lacked the sense of camaraderie and team spirit that I loved in high school.” So, during her sophomore year, she joined Harvard’s Radcliffe Rugby Football Club and “was hooked.” The team had a storied past as they were collegiate national champions in 1998; with Aimee on the squad, the team qualified for nationals in two of her seasons. In the spring of 2005, the team finished with a #15th ranking in the nation. In the fall 2005, the team finished undefeated and after the Northeast Playoffs they found themselves in 2nd Place, Division I in the Northeast Rugby Union and earned a seed in the Round of Sixteen Tournament in April 2006. The team also brought home the Ivy League Championship Trophy in April 2006 for the first time since 1999. This campaign included an exciting 24-15 win over Brown sealed by a last minute “try” scored by Aimee.
Aimee was named to the All-Ivy Team for her contributions. Aimee was named one of the top 66 players in the country, being named to the 2005-06 USA Rugby Collegiate All-American Second Team, one of only ten individuals to represent the Northeast. This was quite feat considering that in 2005-06 nearly 10,000 women played college rugby. “The growth in collegiate rugby, its competitiveness, and excellent quality of play continue to amaze us, thus making the committee’s decision process long and difficult,” said Alan Osur, the 2006 Women’s Collegiate All-American Committee Chair ( http://www.epru.org/news/ usa-rugby-releases-womens-collegiate-all-american-selections-2006-2007). Aimee also was elected by her teammates and served as Forwards Captain during her senior year.
Aimee is currently a doctor of general surgery working in Santa Barbara, California. Congratulations, Aimee, for being recognized as a stand out in Westover Athletic history.
Athletic Hall of Fame
The Westover School Athletic Hall of Fame was established during the Centennial year 2009-2010 to honor and memorialize those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Westover Athletics and have helped bring integrity, excellence, and recognition to the school and its athletic program.
All nominees are considered and selected by the Athletic Hall of Fame committee. The committee is chaired by the Director of Athletics and shall consist of, but is not limited to, past Athletic Directors, a representative of the Alumnae Office, members of the Board of Governors, alumnae, faculty, and a member of the Hall of Fame.
The Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is held during Reunion Weekend.
The Hall of Fame Committee considers the following criteria in making selections:
-Number of sports played
-Number of varsity letters earned
-Awards received (e.g. Senior -Athletic Award, Orchard, MVP, MIP)
Individual accomplishments (e.g. All league status, All State, All American)
-Team accomplishments (e.g. league championships, undefeated seasons)
-Collegiate and post-graduate athletic accomplishments (e.g. Recreational, Community, Senior programs)
-Sportsmanship and character
This nominee must be a graduate of Westover (the committee may waive this only in very special circumstances).
The nominee must have been a starter or significant contributor in one or more sports.
Her participation in athletics, other than at Westover, was so extraordinary that it brought credit to Westover and served as a model for the school community.
Eligibility begins with the 10th Reunion.
The Varsity team nominee must have must have achieved distinction, such as an undefeated record, a league championship, participation in the New England Tournament or a New England Championship. Exceptions may be granted by the selection committee.
The team’s performance should exemplify sportsmanship and excellence while making an impact on the school community.
Eligibility begins with the 10th Reunion.
Coach/ Athletic Director/ Trainer/Other
The nominee must have been a coach at Westover School who made significant contributions to the athletic program.
The nominee must have distinguished themselves through honorable service and commitment to the Westover athletic program.
Sportsmanship and teaching are key elements of performance.
Eligibility begins upon departure from Westover.
Nominations can be submitted by the following: Alumnae, Faculty, and Administration, news media, and coaches — past and present.
How and where to send nomination: Click here to download a nomination form.
Completed nomination forms may be mailed to: Tiz Mulligan, Director of Athletics, Westover School, PO Box 847, Middlebury, CT 06762.
The Hall of Fame Committee shall review nominations on an annual basis.
The committee shall determine final selections. While there is no specific limit to the number of alumnae inducted, only one team and one special recognition will be inducted unless there are exceptional circumstances.
The year of the inductions will be determined by the committee and will take place at Reunion Weekend.