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Grey Nun Academy Gators Celebrate Close of Inaugural Co-ed Volleyball Season
Expanded GNA Spring Athletic Program Also Included New Cross Country Team

May 14, 2019 (YARDLEY, PA) - Following the launch of its first successful volleyball season, the Grey Nun Academy Gators closed the season with an impressive showing against the Cambridge School. The new co-ed volleyball program was open to girls and boys in grades 5-8 and included more than 20 student participants in its first season. Thanks to generous supporters of the program, new volleyball equipment, including balls, a net, and poles, have all been donated to facilitate the launch of the program at the Academy.

Mr. Jesse Waldenville was named the first head coach to the program, along with assistant coach Miss Maira Rodriguez, who has been playing since she was eight years old. Mr. Waldenville is a current GNA parent, with more than 10 years of coaching experience.

"Coach Jesse Waldenville was instrumental in getting the Gator volleyball team off the ground and teaching kids the fundamentals, skills, and strategy needed to compete against rival schools’ existing programs,” said Deborah Kost, Head of School, Grey Nun Academy. “The new co-ed volleyball program and cross country team are thanks to the efforts of the school’s athletic director, Mr. Lynady, to expand our programs and build enthusiasm among students to compete in new spring sports and build stronger bonds with one another. I am grateful to them both for their perseverance and commitment to enriching the lives of our student athletes.”

"The spring addition of volleyball and cross country expand the GNA Gators athletics program to four co-ed and individual sports, in addition to the already popular co-ed fall soccer and girls and boys winter basketball teams,” said Athletic Director Ryan Lynady. “We are proud of our students’ dedication to the game as well as the camaraderie and good sportsmanship they display both on and off the court.”

The Academy faced local opponents this season that included The Chapin School and Princeton Charter, allowing students to learn the rules and grow their skill set as many are new to the sport.

I was delighted to coach volleyball in its first year. The support from the Administration at GNA to add volleyball shows its commitment to our student-athletes and the growth of our athletic program,” noted Coach Waldenville. “Our Gator volleyball players gave it their all and I am so proud of each and every one of them.”

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Interested in learning more about Grey Nun Academy? Contact the Director of Enrollment, Mrs. Susy Kim, at 215-968-4151 or gnaenrollment@gnaedu.org to schedule a tour. You can also visit our website to learn more about our Sacred Heart Scholars program that offers academic scholarships to deserving middle school students, or apply today.

About Grey Nun Academy
Founded in 1963 by the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, Grey Nun Academy is an independent, Catholic, coeducational, Lower (PreK-5) and Middle school (6-8) in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The Academy's mission is to offer an academically rich curriculum that meets the unique needs of individual students while respecting the rights, interests, and dignity of each child. Grey Nun Academy is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and dually accredited by Middle States Association and AdvancED.  The Academy welcomes children of all faiths and cultures. The school's educational process leads children to embrace and promote peace and social justice in our world. To learn more, please visit: www.greynunacademy.org or call 215-968-4151.

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