Athletes of the Month

 

 

Cadet Name: Zaahir Woody

Grade: 12

Position/Rank: Platoon Sergeant

From Zaahir:

“This year’s basketball team is a special group who from day one decided to work hard and buy into what coach wanted us to do. We’ve trusted coach and we pushed each other every single moment. We all had the same goals and came together as a family. Just like a family, we all wanted what’s best for one another.

Our main goals as a team were to go undefeated in league play and win an HVAL Championship. We also wanted to get a high seed in the New England Tournament and restore some of the pride and tradition that NYMA is known for.

The season had some ups and downs in the beginning, but we got through it and really came together. Now as we gear up for the playoffs, I feel like we are peaking at the right time and can’t wait for the rest of our season.

It’s great to see the teachers come out and support us at the games as well as the Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent.”

 


 

Cadet Name: William Mayfield

Grade: 12

Position/Rank: Cadet

Where are you from: Queanbeyan, Australia

Favorite TV Show: The Simpsons

Favorite Movie: Ice Age

Favorite Food: Anything but cucumbers

Hobbies: Swimming, Surfing, Rugby

Favorite Sport: Basketball

Favorite Athlete: Kyle Kuzma (L.A. Lakers)

Role Model: My Step Dad

Favorite Quote: “Well, I think mating for life is stupid. I mean, there's plenty of Sid to go around” – Sid the Sloth from Ice Age

Favorite Subject: Chemistry

Tell us one thing not many people know about the Basketball team? We can eat a lot…LOL.

If you could predict the future for you and your teammates what would you say?  We are going to win it all!

What is your Favorite thing about NYMA? The kids at school and how everyone knows each other!

Past Winners

February 2018

Cadet Name: Zaahir Woody

Grade: 12

Position/Rank: Platoon Sergeant

Where are you from: Wappingers Falls, New York

Nickname: “Booda” -I was a chubby baby with a Buddha belly so my mom started calling me that. It stuck and now almost everyone calls me that...LOL.

Favorite TV Show: Rob and Big

Favorite Movie: Moana

Favorite Food: Shrimp

Hobbies: Skateboarding, Bowling, listening to music and rapping

Favorite Sport:  Basketball

Favorite Athlete: Kawhi Leonard

Role Model: My little brother. He motivates me and inspires me to do better.

Favorite Quote: “Success doesn’t stop when you get there.” - Michael Jordan

Favorite Subject: English

Tell us one thing not many people know about the Basketball team? We’re all pretty talented musicians and can make a song about anything.

If you could predict the future for you and your teammates what would you say? We want to win a championship and get championship rings so we can show that we worked hard and that we are never going to stop working hard.

What is your Favorite thing about NYMA? The teachers and the support we get in the classroom and at Esp. Also, the french fries with ranch dressing

 


 
Cadet Name: Zamere McKenzie

Coming Soon

January 2018

Cadet Name: William Mayfield

Grade: 12

Position/Rank: Cadet

Where are you from: Queanbeyan, Australia

Favorite TV Show: The Simpsons

Favorite Movie: Ice Age

Favorite Food: Anything but cucumbers

Hobbies: Swimming, Surfing, Rugby

Favorite Sport: Basketball

Favorite Athlete: Kyle Kuzma (L.A. Lakers)

Role Model: My Step Dad

Favorite Quote: “Well, I think mating for life is stupid. I mean, there's plenty of Sid to go around” – Sid the Sloth from Ice Age

Favorite Subject: Chemistry

Tell us one thing not many people know about the Basketball team? We can eat a lot…LOL.

If you could predict the future for you and your teammates what would you say?  We are going to win it all!

What is your Favorite thing about NYMA? The kids at school and how everyone knows each other!

 


 
Cadet Name: Zaahir Woody

Grade: 12

Position/Rank: Platoon Sergeant

Where are you from: Wappingers Falls, New York

Nickname: “Booda” -I was a chubby baby with a Buddha belly so my mom started calling me that. It stuck and now almost everyone calls me that...LOL.

Favorite TV Show: Rob and Big

Favorite Movie: Moana

Favorite Food: Shrimp

Hobbies: Skateboarding, Bowling, listening to music and rapping

Favorite Sport:  Basketball

Favorite Athlete: Kawhi Leonard

Role Model: My little brother. He motivates me and inspires me to do better.

Favorite Quote: “Success doesn’t stop when you get there.” - Michael Jordan

Favorite Subject: English

Tell us one thing not many people know about the Basketball team? We’re all pretty talented musicians and can make a song about anything.

If you could predict the future for you and your teammates what would you say? We want to win a championship and get championship rings so we can show that we worked hard and that we are never going to stop working hard.

What is your Favorite thing about NYMA? The teachers and the support we get in the classroom and at Esp. Also, the french fries with ranch dressing

December 2017

Cadet Name: William Mayfield

Grade: 12

Position/Rank: Cadet

Where are you from: Queanbeyan, Australia

Favorite TV Show: The Simpsons

Favorite Movie: Ice Age

Favorite Food: Anything but cucumbers

Hobbies: Swimming, Surfing, Rugby

Favorite Sport: Basketball

Favorite Athlete: Kyle Kuzma (L.A. Lakers)

Role Model: My Step Dad

Favorite Quote: “Well, I think mating for life is stupid. I mean, there's plenty of Sid to go around” – Sid the Sloth from Ice Age

Favorite Subject: Chemistry

Tell us one thing not many people know about the Basketball team? We can eat a lot…LOL.

If you could predict the future for you and your teammates what would you say?  We are going to win it all!

What is your Favorite thing about NYMA? The kids at school and how everyone knows each other!

 


 

Cadet Name: Zaahir Woody
Grade: 12

Position/Rank: Platoon Sergeant

Where are you from: Wappingers Falls, New York

Nickname: “Booda” -I was a chubby baby with a Buddha belly so my mom started calling me that. It stuck and now almost everyone calls me that...LOL.

Favorite TV Show: Rob and Big

Favorite Movie: Moana

Favorite Food: Shrimp

Hobbies: Skateboarding, Bowling, listening to music and rapping

Favorite Sport:  Basketball

Favorite Athlete: Kawhi Leonard

Role Model: My little brother. He motivates me and inspires me to do better.

Favorite Quote: “Success doesn’t stop when you get there.” - Michael Jordan

Favorite Subject: English

Tell us one thing not many people know about the Basketball team? We’re all pretty talented musicians and can make a song about anything.

If you could predict the future for you and your teammates what would you say? We want to win a championship and get championship rings so we can show that we worked hard and that we are never going to stop working hard.

What is your Favorite thing about NYMA? The teachers and the support we get in the classroom and at Esp. Also, the french fries with ranch dressing

November 2017

Name: Matthew Montes

Grade: Sophomore (2020)

Position/Rank: Platoon Sergeant

From Matthew:

"Over the cross country season, I had been molding my endurance, lungs, muscles, and spirit to that of a warrior. A warrior and I had a lot in common when it came to being in the moment; you are alone and all I have is the body given to me.

Before every race, from my regional championship race to my first rookie meet, I would squat to the soil, feel and connect with what was sacred ground in my eyes, and most importantly think about why I’m doing this. It’s necessary to always have a reason for your actions. I ran for not only my satisfaction of winning, but for the honor of my family and school. To be more than a warrior...to be a knight.

The trip alone to the New England Championships in Maine for cross country was an experience. We had conducted 2 course walks and it also was about 20 degrees outside. It was perfect for a nice afternoon run because as an Oregonian, cold is my specialty. Also, the course was mountains and enclosed which made it difficult to pass other runners. It forced you to move with the heard. Developing the skill to “sneak through the window” is something one can only get with experience and constant practice.

I believe that’s what lead to my success as a runner. I pushed myself when no one asked for it. Every night training again and again...always running an extra 10 laps around our quad. I constantly reviewed certain scenarios and how to deal with them. I developed fast bursts while conserving energy for passing and worked on last-lap sprints for icing on the cake.

My cross country season was an underdog story on how a kid from a small town in Oregon came to New York and improved drastically every race. I’ve never run competitively before. Then I won first place in our last home race out of 70 runners and went on to finish 25th out of 220. I hope to continue my passion for running in cross country in the upcoming years at NYMA as a Knight."

October 2017

Name: Brandon Fooks

Grade: Senior (2018)

Position: Company Commander/Captain

Where are you from: East Brunswick, New Jersey

Favorite TV Show: The Office

Favorite Movie: Notorious

Favorite Food: Escargot(snails)

Hobbies: Basketball, Ping Pong, Cooking, and Driving

Favorite Sport: Tennis

Favorite Athlete: Novak Djokovic

Role Model: Biggie Smalls and Sergeant Bailey

Favorite Quote: "Don’t believe everything you hear. Real eyes, Realize, Real Lies."

- Tupac

Favorite Subject: Chemistry

Tell us one thing not many people know about the Soccer team? Soccer isn’t as easy as it looks.

If you could predict the future for you and your teammates what would you say? We are going to do well in the playoffs!

What is your Favorite thing about NYMA? The friends I have made here!

 


 

Name: Nigel Petti-Fernandez
Grade: Senior (2018)

Position: 1st Captain

Where are you from: New York/New York

Favorite TV Show: Rick and Morty

Favorite Movie: Jurassic Park

Favorite Food: Pizza

Hobbies: Video games and basketball

Favorite Sport: Basketball

Favorite Athlete: Lebron James

Role Model: My dad

Favorite Quote: "Pressure will crack a rock."

Favorite Subject: History

Tell us one thing not many people know about the Soccer team? We don’t like to stretch.

If you could predict the future for you and your teammates what would you say? Showing off that championship.

What is your Favorite thing about NYMA? The people here!

September 2017

Name: Matthew Montes

Grade: Sophomore (2020)

Position: Platoon Sergeant

Hometown: Ashland, Oregon

Favorite TV Show: Madmen. My brother loves that show and we used to watch it together. It reminds me of him.

Favorite Movie: Star Wars - Episode 3. I LOVE STAR WARS! I used to watch it all the time with my brother. I love movies in general. Every weekend my father and I would either go see a movie in the theater, rent one, or go to Best Buy and purchase one to bring home and watch together.

Favorite Food: Escargot (snails), oysters w/vinegar and cocktail sauce, or sometimes just a really nice cheeseburger.

Hobbies: Building huge Star War Legos with my brother Michael.

Favorite Sport: Tennis (to play). Basketball and football (to watch).

Favorite Athlete: Roger Federer and Derrick Rose.

Role Model: My brother, Michael.

Favorite Quote: "You have to be able to swim in the doodoo and stay clean." -Master Sergeant Bailey

Favorite Subject: Chemistry. My dad always said Science class depends on the teacher you have and how they present the material. Mrs. Larabee is a great teacher…she's awesome!

Tell us one thing not many people know about the XC team? Everyone has a hair brush, LOL!

What do you miss most about home? My family and hugs. I’m a hugger.

If you could predict the future for you and your teammates what would you say? I think we are going to win and win a lot. Everyone is working hard and getting better every day and we already started bringing home medals and trophies.

What is your favorite thing about NYMA? The order and structure of the school. I love that you are accountable and have to do everything in a designated time frame.

 


Name: Remy Sykes

Grade: Sophomore (2020)

Position/Rank: Private

Favorite TV Show: Sportscenter

Favorite Movie: Ride Along

Favorite Food: Rice and beans

Hobbies: Sports and video games

Favorite Sport: Lacrosse

Favorite Athlete: Russell Westbrook

Role Model: My family

Favorite Quote: "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get" - Forrest Gump

Favorite Subject: History

Tell us one thing not many people know about the Soccer team?

Soccer is a lot more running than it looks like.

If you could predict the future for you and your teammates what would you say?

We are going to have a good season!

What is your Favorite thing about NYMA?

The cadets are my favorite part. Everyone is really friendly and my teammates are great!