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Grads Return to Talk College Sports

Four former star Weston High School athletes will be coming back to WHS to talk about their college athletic career. In particular, they will be speaking to student athletes, parents and coaches about how their experience in Weston impacted their college career.

Panelists include Ali Atkinson (track & field runner at Colgate), Mike Evans (founder of Full Court Peace, an international peacemaking organization that uses basketball as a social tool), Gordie Zimmerman (lacrosse captain at Wheaton College club program) and Ryan Loechner (head coach Weston Swimming).

Mark Berkowitz, Weston High Athletic Director encouraged attendance for those who want to learn about what it takes to compete."What better way to continue the amazing tradition that is Weston High School Athletics then to have alumni come back and talk to Weston High School athletes,'' Berkowitz said.

Weston Sports Commission has organized this event for Middle School and High School athletes, their coaches and parents. Michael Carter, President of the Commission will moderate the panel. Michael indicated the panelists will cover the valuable lessons of youth sports, what these athletes would do differently, advice to parents, the personal impact their respective sport has had on their character and the biggest difference between high school and college sports.

Atkinson was captain of Weston's field hockey, indoor and outdoor track teams. She was an All-SWC field hockey player and an All-State runner. Ali is now a sprinter on the women's track and field team at Colgate University, a Division I program. She is on three relays that hold the school record.

Gordie Zimmerman was a four-year varsity lacrosse starter and captain of 2007 Weston High School State championship team. Gordie is the second leading scorer in Weston history. Gordie is now playing and captaining for Wheaton College club lacrosse. Gordie is the junior varsity lacrosse coach for Wheaton North High School.

Mike Evans was captain of WHS basketball team and became Weston's first All-State player in 15 years, leading his team to the State semifinals. He played basketball at Hamilton College, where he was captain of his team. Mike continued his career playing professionally in Northern Ireland and won the league's MVP. Mike is the Founder of Full Court Peace that uses basketball as a social tool. Michael will pursue a Master's Degree from Harvard University in the fall, and has been named the team's Graduate Manager.

Ryan Loechner was captain of Weston's swimming, cross country and Track teams. He qualified for state championships in swimming and pole vault. He then went on to swim at Principia College, a NCAA Division III school, serving as captain. He broke a school record and became the conference champion in swimming. Today, he is the head of coach of Weston Swimming.

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