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ST. ANDREW’S FANS WHO WATCHED THE FLORIDA STATE SEMINOLES SEAL A NAIL-BITING VICTORY OVER THE AUBURN TIGERS in the 2014 BCS National Championship football game may have seen a familiar face on the Seminoles team. Former St. Andrew’s football standout Nate Slater ’11 plays linebacker for Florida State. When the final seconds ticked off the clock, Slater stormed the field with his teammates before joining his family in the stands for the celebration.

Now the proud owner of a national championship ring, Slater is one of six honor roll students on the Seminoles team. He credits much his success as a collegiate student athlete to his preparation at St. Andrew’s. “St. Andrew’s gave me the proper time management skills to handle school, football practices, meetings, workouts, and everything else that goes into being a college athlete,” Slater says. Slater isn’t the only former Saint who has applied lessons learned as a St. Andrew’s student athlete to play at the college level. Sixteen St. Andrew’s graduates are currently student athletes at colleges or universities nationwide, taking the fields and courts in football, baseball, basketball, track, cross country, soccer, golf, and tennis. St. Andrew’s Athletic Director DeWayne Cupples credits the school’s emphasis on sports as part of a wellrounded educational experience and the strength of the St. Andrew’s coaching staff with helping prepare students to compete at the next level.

“St. Andrew’s has some of the best coaches in the state,” Cupples says. “Several of our coaches have competed at the college or the professional level, and they know what it takes to get there. Our coaches are realistic with our athletes in advising them how well they could compete in college athletics, and making sure they understand the time commitment and the work ethic they’ll need to play college sports.” “Coaches at St. Andrew’s taught me to push myself, to compete at all times, and to never be complacent,” says Tanner Menist ’13, who plays football for the Millsaps College Majors. “At St. Andrew’s, I had a phenomenal coaching staff that was willing to work with me and believed I could be good enough to compete in college,” says Elisabeth Gaillet ’13, who attends the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) on a cross country scholarship. “I was taught that I would not be handed medals, that I would have to work really hard to get them. I told the coaching staff early on 56

Archways 19 - Spring 2014  
Archways 19 - Spring 2014  

Archways is the flagship publication from St. Andrew's Episcopal School, an independent, coeducational, preparatory day school serving stude...