Snails Sign National Letter of Intent

April 17, 2020

This Spring, The Madeira School recognized four outstanding student-athletes on their commitment to further both their academic and athletic careers this coming Fall. Emma Bishop will attend The College of Charleston, Amara Eley will attend Rutgers University–Camden, Grace Frerichs will attend Tufts University and Lily Rathbun will attend the University of California Berkeley. “Each athlete has been an integral part of the cultural shift evident over their four years at Madeira,” reflects Athletic Director, Katie LaRue. “We are grateful for their contributions both as athletes but more importantly as leaders. They have stepped up and put in countless hours to improve their leadership and sport specific skills. They will be greatly missed.”

Emma Bishop, a four-year day student from Washington, DC has officially committed to ride for the equestrian program at the College of Charleston. Bishop has been a member of the Varsity IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association) team at Madeira for the last four years. As a freshman, Bishop earned champion overall as well as reserve champion in the American Conference of the American National Riding Commission (ANRC). Bishop finished the Winter season placing first in the under saddle 3’3” Junior Hunters and used that momentum to place second in the United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) Hunter Derby at the Spring Welcome.

“I am so proud of Emma and her many accomplishments, expresses Director of Equestrian Program, Ian McCartney. “She is a dedicated competitor and has worked really hard to improve her riding skills over the last four years. More importantly, she has always been a kind and supportive member of our equestrian program. Good luck at Charleston, Emma. We will miss you. Go Cougars!”

Amara Eley, a resident of Alexandria, Virginia will join the Women’s Basketball team for Rutgers University–Camden. Throughout Amara’s time at Madeira she’s had the opportunity of becoming a three-season varsity athlete contributing to the soccer, basketball, softball and track and field programs. “Amara has become our most consistent player this year”, says Director of Athletics and Varsity Basketball Head coach, Katie LaRue. “She has scored over 500 points in her career at Madeira making her one of the top scorers in recent history. She has matured and become a stronger leader and compassionate teammate. It’s been a pleasure and an honor to coach Amara for 4 seasons. We wish her the best and have no doubt she will do great things in the future!”

A highlight for Eley during her Madeira career includes joining the track and field program her junior year and meeting her mentor, Neli Mitrev. “Coach Neli believed in me from the first day I joined track,” expresses Amara. “She pushed me to be a better athlete but more importantly a better person, and I am truly grateful.”

Grace Frerichs, a four-year senior boarder from Mount Vernon, Virginia will attend Tufts University and join the Women’s Lacrosse. During Grace’s time at Madeira she’s contributed to numerous varsity programs including, soccer, field hockey, swim and dive, rock climbing, and lacrosse. Although her time as an athlete at Madeira was cut short, she will always remember her time as a member of the lacrosse program and the growth she experienced attending leadership breakfast.

Lily Rathbun, a resident of Falls Church, Virginia will attend the University of California Berkeley and join the Women’s Lacrosse program. Rathbun has left her mark on several varsity programs at Madeira including; field hockey, swim and dive, basketball and lacrosse. “I will always remember the close bond and friendships I’ve developed being a member of the lacrosse team,” says Rathbun. “The lacrosse team was always a welcoming space, and the support I received from the coaches and my teammates was unsurmountable. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to play with my best friends and learn under some of the best coaches I have ever had during my time at Madeira. 

“It is such an honor to celebrate the success and commitment of Lily to the University of California Berkeley and Grace to Tufts University, says Assistant Director of Athletics and Varsity Head Coach Kelly Chandler. “Both Lily and Grace have been the foundation of our program the last three years, each being recognized with All-League honors and leading our team in many statistical categories. We are so proud of their accomplishments and wish them the best in this new chapter!”

Congratulations to Emma, Amara, Grace and Lily!


Watch the full signing ceremony here

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