Students who have been encouraged to Fail Up, Start with Questions, Assume the Best, Share the Well, and Have Fun, continue to eliminate boundaries and step up to stand out – in school and beyond the Mount Vernon campus.
Upper School students Dylan Paul (Class of 2018) and Nick Schab (Class of 2020) are two students who have done just that. They row.
Running through Atlanta, the Chattahoochee River provides a lengthy course through which these young men and their teammates shape their character and build the figurative muscles they need to succeed and become real-world ready.
Rowing for the Atlanta Junior Rowers Association (AJRA), both Dylan and Nick are Mustangs on the water.
Dylan (pictured, left) has been part of AJRA for several years and has been on the Varsity team since he was a freshman. He holds two team ERG/rowing machine records, has medaled in several events over the past three years in southern regattas/regional events, his boat finished 3rd at nationals, and he earned a position on the U.S. Rowing High Performance team. Several colleges have shown an interest in Dylan, such as: Harvard, Princeton, Dartmouth, Yale, Cornell University, and the United States Naval Academy.
Dylan shares, “Rowing is the ultimate team sport – you can’t have just one stand-out performer. There are eight people in a boat – each one is only 1/8 of the power. This sport builds character, inspires community, and has high standards/goals — it’s such a positive environment. On the competitive level, our team made a name for itself coming in 3rd at Nationals and also 4th at Head of the Charles.”
Nick (pictured, right) is fairly new to rowing, but is now on the Mens Novice team and has earned himself a position in the A-Boat. He practices after school four days a week and on Saturday mornings. At Head of the Hooch, AJRA placed first overall, his boat came in first place.
Nick reflects on his rowing experience thus far, “It teaches perseverance – we have a year-round season. I started because I wanted to train for football. In the summer between seventh and eighth grade I decided to try it for the workout. In eighth grade I had developed the interest and skill level to join the Novice Team, full time. We compete in multiple races on race days – there is no break. It’s non-stop. It’s tough.”
In addition to Dylan and Nick, Allie Tucker (Class of 2015), rowed for AJRA and currently rows at College of Charleston.