Three students of The Weber School were recognized as 2019 All-American Athlete of the Year Award winners from the National Strength and Conditioning Association. The award recognizes the outstanding dedication to strength, conditioning and athletic achievements of Stephen Rusnak, Shayna Leibowitz and Shami Frenkel.
The weight and conditioning program has been at The Weber School for two years. “By being in the program, students have seen improvements in the sports they play because the program has made them stronger,” said Assistant Coach Jessica La Gala.
Not only does the program help the students in the athletic world, but also in the academic world. “In order to be an athlete at Weber, students must be in high academic standing and these three students have proved that they can thrive in athletics and academics,” La Gala said.
As a freshman, Leibowitz “has broken many school records for such a young age,” the coach said. Leibowitz participates in track and field at Weber.
Rusnak, a sophomore, has been in the program since it was created and received his award for wrestling. Freshman Frenkel told La Gala that he noticed a difference after trying out for the baseball Maccabi team and that “he could hit harder and throw pitches faster because of the weight training classes,” the coach recalled.
She said it is exciting for the students at such a young age to receive this award and it proves they can balance academics and athletics.