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Jeffries, Jewett Earn Hard Hat Award
Posted 05/09/2018 10:34AM

Will Jeffries '19 and Sarah Jewett '19 have been selected as the inaugural winners of the Hard Hat Award, presented by Country Day Athletics' Strength and Conditioning program.

Led by Director of Strength and Conditioning Darnell Clark and Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Drew Witman, the Hard Hat Award highlights Country Day student-athletes for their commitment to athletic and personal development. In selecting award recipients, Coaches Clark and Witman look for student-athletes who:

  • Maximize their potential through consistent dedication to their training;
  • Positively influence others through their actions, energy, and attitudes;
  • Embrace coaching in an effort to continually grow and improve; and
  • Take risks and push beyond their comfort zones.

"Our motto in our strength and conditioning program is 'Trust the Process,'" said Clark. "I want our student-athletes to know that the process is often challenging, but that they can achieve their goals with consistent and deliberate practice, grit, and perseverance. The Hard Hat Award winners embody these qualities not only in the weight room and in their chosen sports, but in the classroom and in life."

This year's recipients provided some thoughts on the award and gave some insights into who they are.

Will Jeffries '19, Varsity BaseballWill Jeffries

Describe what a Hard Hat athlete looks like to you.

To me, a Bucs Hard Hat Award recipient is someone who is motivated to achieve their goals both athletically and in personal development. They take pride in themselves, their appearance, and their abilities. They encourage others to better themselves both personally and athletically through dedication to training efforts. Moreover, a Hard Hat athlete is willing to give up sleep and free time with friends in order to achieve the athletic and personal development goals that they have set for themselves.

How has the strength and conditioning program at Charlotte Country Day impacted you as an athlete and person?

It has made a tremendous impact on me as both an athlete and as a person. Coach Clark and Coach Witman are always there to ensure that my form is correct while I am exercising so that I do not hurt myself. They also have been influential in showing me new exercises to condition and strengthen my body in more challenging and new ways. The strength and conditioning program has also taught me many life lessons. The coaches have taught me to push through the tough times in my life just as I push through a tough workout. I always keep in mind that just as a tough exercise, stretch, or workout will eventually come to an end, so will the tough times in my life.

What is the most challenging part of your training? How did you persevere through it?

The most challenging part of my training is early morning lifts. I enjoy sleep just as much as everyone else, and most nights I am kept awake late at night finishing homework since I do not get home from practice until around dinner time every night. It is almost impossible to convince myself to roll out of bed at 5:45 in the morning to get to school by 6:15 to lift before class. The hardest part of my training is simply getting out of bed. The one thing that helps me get out of bed every morning that early, though, is remembering my goals and knowing that the only option for me to achieve them is to get out of bed and get in the gym.

What teammate of yours inspires you and why?

Tyler Rigot ("Big Rig" or "Diesel," as we call him) is a pitcher on the varsity baseball team, just as I am. We have constant discussions on who can squat, bench, and dead lift more weight. Whenever he gets a new personal best that beats mine, it motivates me to work harder and longer in order to beat him. These small competitions over who can lift more weight or do more push ups motivate and inspire me to work harder in my training efforts.

If you were a kitchen appliance, what would you be and why?

A coffee maker, since it makes coffee, which contains caffeine to give energy to people. I feel as if I bring energy to all the teams I am on with my positive and energetic attitude.

What's your favorite '90s jam?

All-Star by Smash Mouth, due to the fact that I know a lot of the words to the song. It is so fun to sing along to, and it is in one of my favorite childhood movies, Shrek.

What is your secret talent that few people know about?

I am really good at puzzles. As a kid, my mom would always have me do puzzles instead of watching TV or playing video games, so I came to be quite good at them.

Sarah Jewett '19, Varsity Girls' LacrosseSarah Jewett

Describe what a Hard Hat athlete looks like to you.

A Hard Hat athlete comes to every workout with a growth mindset, and they challenge themselves every day to improve mentally and physically.

How has the strength and conditioning program at Charlotte Country Day impacted you as an athlete and person?

The strength and conditioning department has made me a tougher person. It has pushed me to my emotional and physical limits, and because of this I have a stronger resilience and know how far I can push myself every day.

What would you tell your freshman self about what it takes to become successful in your physical training?

Don't worry about how fast everyone else is running or how many reps they can do because all that matters is your own personal growth.

If you were a kitchen appliance, what would you be and why?

I would be a toaster because I am a morning person and toasters always help people get ready in the morning, and I am reliable.

What's your favorite '90s jam?

I can totally jam to Tubthumping by Chumbawamba. It just has a great beat!

What movie star would play you in a movie about your life?

I would have Emma Watson from the third Harry Potter movie play me. That was the peak of her career.

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