Athletes of the Year
The Athlete of the Year is a major award at AIS. It is awarded to the top male and female athlete at the middle and high school levels. This award recognizes the contributions by a student athlete over the course of the school year. The person who earns this distinction typically participated in multiple sport seasons, receiving recognition for excellence for various teams. Being a well-rounded athlete is no small accomplishment, and combining that athleticism, with being a team leader, showing good character and modelling sportsmanship helps set the Athlete of the Year apart from his/her peers for special recognition.
This year, competition for the AIS Athlete of the Year was very close, however, four student athletes rose above and have been singled out as 2015-2016 American International School Athletes of the Year!
Kanari is a highly talented athlete who excelled in two sports during the year. He was recognized as a captain and most valuable player on each of the teams he represented, swimming in season one and track and field in season three. I have had the privilege of watching this this student athlete develop during our four years together in the AIS high school. His tremendous growth as a leader and team player set him apart this year. On both teams, he led the way athletically, including winning a 4x100 relay gold medal and an individual bronze medal in long jump at the ISSFHK Track and Field Championships! Most importantly, however, were his personal contributions to his teams. He was an amazing role model and mentor for the young athletes on both the swimming and track teams as he worked to help them gain the confidence needed to improve. He is leaving a legacy as a two time winner of this award as he was the AIS Middle School Athlete of the Year in 2012 and can now add the HS Athlete of the Year to his long list of accomplishments. Congratulations to Kanari Inukai ’16 for being the 2016 High School Male Athlete of the Year!
Hye-Ji is a dedicated, very talented athlete who excelled in two sports. She has been the the heart and soul of the basketball and football teams for a long and time and this year, she was twice recognized as the captain and Most Valuable Player. Her hard work and competitive spirit make her the type of athlete that all coaches would love to have on their teams. She is an athlete that a team can be built around as she makes a difference every time she practices and competes. She plays to win, but clearly recognizes that winning is not the end all. Her teammates hold her in high esteem while the opposition recognize her as one of the most formidable opponents they will face all season. She has been previously singled out as the Middle School Athlete of the Year in 2012 and is very deserving of the High School Award. She is a true student athlete who has set the academic and athletic bar high for all future AIS athletes. Congratulations to Hye-Ji Elizabeth Chung ’16 for being the 2016 High School Female Athlete of the Year!
Darshan is a strong athlete with talent and determination that has grown immensely since his arrival to the middle school. He was a key member of three teams this year where he was recognized for his dedication, hard work and leadership. He was known as the athlete who would do what it took to help the football, basketball and the badminton teams. It was during his badminton season where he earned a well deserved Coach’s Award. Perhaps the sporting highlight of the year for this student was during second season. As a member of the basketball team, he was part of an undefeated season that culminated with an ISSFHK Championship banner! He is an athlete who has yet to reach his peak and I look forward to hearing of his contributions in the high school. Congratulations to Darshan Shah ‘20 for being the 2016 AIS Middle School Male Athlete of the Year!
Jordan was a multi-sport athlete, participating on three teams. She is young, energetic, talented and typifies the character, leadership and humility of many of our students and transferred these attributes to the competitive playing fields. She was recognized as a co-captain of the volleyball team and the most valuable player of the Junior track team. She was also part of a major piece of history making at AIS, as a valued member of the U14 volleyball and basketball teams that captured their first ever ISSFHK championship banners! As a seventh grade student she has accomplished much to be proud of this season. I wish her all the best as as she continues her athletic and personal growth. Congratulations to Jordan Fox ‘21 for being the 2016 AIS Middle School Female Athlete of the Year!