The KPS volleyball team is getting some impressive ink this season, and rightfully so. A recent NJ.com article by Brian Bobal noted that "The team entered the semifinals of the Prep Tournament with an unblemished 12-0 record and two tough tests between it and a title. Up first was a date with fourth-seeded Rutgers Prep. Behind 10 kills from Iman Handy and six from Sabrina Skyers, Kent Place was able to hold off Rutgers Prep 25-22, 25-16 to advance to the final."
The Dragons advanced to the finals to face prep school rival Lawrenceville. Eager to redeem their 2018 loss to Mount St. Dominic, KPS was up to the task. Taking Lawrenceville in two sets and securing the 2019 NJISAA Prep Championship title.
Bobal added, "Kent Place itself has been on a roll all season long thanks to its great balance of youth and veteran leadership. Burrows, Cotter, Hagar, and Lane Patterson have provided the senior leadership and have each chipped in significantly. Burrows has 243 assists and 32 aces to her name, Cotter has 25 blocks and 23 kills, Hagar has 150 digs, 20 assists, and 20 aces, and Patterson has 56 kills, 18 blocks and 20 aces of her own."
Not to be outdone by their junior and senior classmates, KPS boasts tremendous talent in the sophomore and freshmen class as well. NJ.com commented, "Elizabeth Miller has been stout at the net with 35 blocks to go with 26 kills. Iman Handy and Sabrina Skyers, meanwhile, provide a massive punch offensively with 100 and 72 kills respectively. Skyers has excelled at the service line with 35 aces on the year."
The team collected its 18th win of the season with a 2-0 shut out of crosstown rival Oak Knoll on Tuesday. The Dragons set their sights next on the UCC's held at Roselle Catholic on Wednesday evening, October 23, where they will play in the semi-finals of the Union County Conference Tournament against No. 1 seeded Union Catholic at 7:30 p.m. A win on Wednesday sends the team to Kean University on Saturday night for an 8:00 p.m. UCIAC Championship.
Put on your green and gold and come out and cheer on the 18-0 KPS Dragons.
That's our mantra in robotics. Try crazy things, be free with your ideas, and see what happens. If you're going to build the future, you'll need to be a pioneer. –Emma, seventh grade
LEAN INTO DIFFICULTY.
When it comes to academics, it pays to challenge yourself. I'm in the Bioethics Symposium, presenting research on the ethics of genetically-enhanced intelligence. At times it's daunting—research, deadlines, time management—but it's also a whole new way of thinking. Very independent and "you-driven." –Isabella, sophomore
OWN YOUR OWN EXPERIENCE
It's one of the "conversation norms" we have at Kent Place, and it's always resonated with me. Everyone has a different and equally valid perspective to bring to the table—so put yourself out there. –Mary, senior
DON’T THINK YOU’RE GOING TO GET A LABEL.
There are no jocks here at Kent Place, no science geeks, no theater nerds. Last month a varsity athlete went to sing at the Vatican. Everyone here has some unique quality — and they’re amazing at what they do. –Claire, senior
REACH BEYOND WHAT YOU THINK YOU CAN ACCOMPLISH.
You'll face plenty of challenges, but push through them. Brilliant women use their resources: their teachers, our studios and library and, of course, each other. If you're stuck, collaboration can almost always get you across the finish line. –Suzanne Carreno-Powers, Math Teacher and STEM Coordinator
GET READY FOR RIGOROUS WORK.
And multiple extracurricular activities. Busy days, and a few late nights. But through it all, don’t lose your sense of fun. –Alessandra, junior
KPS alumnae are amazing. I met one alumna after a math and science panel who works in retail architecture. That made me think about a cool way to combine two of my interests — math and fashion. –Amber, junior
YOUR TIME AT KPS IS GOING TO OPEN UP OPTIONS YOU HADN'T EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT.
And when it's time to choose, you're going to know yourself so well, you'll pick the college that's the best fit for you—academically, socially, personally. So don't get tunnel vision. This is your process. Just know that you'll be ready! –Jennifer Simpson, Director of College Advising
SOLVING PROBLEMS IS A JOURNEY, ENJOY THE RIDE!
In the Middle School we do a Science Expo—either two or four people work on a science project for a couple of months and then present it to the entire class. We go into some in-depth projects and it’s incredible what we learn along the way, and how willing our teachers are to help us through the tough parts. –Toni Ann, eighth grade
SPEAK YOUR MIND.
Every girl here learns from an early age how to speak up and speak to adults. You never feel silly raising your hand, and you’re given lots of opportunities to speak publicly. I’m never shy about saying what’s on my mind. –Vittoria, fourth grade
ETHICS WILL CHANGE YOUR ENTIRE OUTLOOK.
Right away, we tackled questions of "right versus right." We're learning to look at every issue from both sides, which helps with everything from homework to friendships. –Elizabeth, eighth grade