The Colt Morning Sports Reporter signs off

The Colt Morning Sports Reporter signs off

As a member of the 2020 senior class, this week is bittersweet. Today was supposed to be our final send-off from CBA and our senior prom. In the next few weeks, we were supposed to have our long-awaited graduation ceremony and say goodbye to fellow students, friends and teachers in person, as we enter into the next stage of our lives. Everything that has happened is completely out of anyone’s control, and the only thing we can do is wait out this unprecedented time in world history.

From my perspective, as the Colt Morning Sports Reporter for the school year, this morning was also a chance for me to say goodbye to the rest of the school. I wanted to use this platform as a way to make this final announcement, as well as reflect on how CBA has made a lifelong impact on me.

Despite losing the last few months of school, the memories the senior class has made will last a lifetime. Between academics, sports, arts and clubs, everybody in this class has had a chance to leave their imprint on CBA. My imprint is a little more unorthodox than most graduates of CBA, and I will never forget the opportunities that I was given during my time at the Academy.

I always knew I wanted to be involved with sports in high school, and after not making the freshman basketball team, an opportunity that fell into my lap was the CBA Digital Network, a new group in its founding stages at the time. Under the guidance of Athletics Director Mr. Chiaravalloti and Communications Director Mr. Lutz, I got involved right away in the program.  After paying my dues behind the scenes, I finally got to start the job I always wanted during my junior year: live commentating.

Commentating sports is something I had always wanted to pursue even as a little kid, and getting to have this opportunity during my time here is something I will never forget. From announcing a show-stopping Colin Farrell layup, a deep Mike White three-pointer, or painting a picture of a Kyle Contessa goal, I had an absolute blast during every game I got to commentate for the Digital Network. As we expanded to more members, the network took off and led us to new opportunities that were beyond our wildest dreams.

Our viewership numbers reached the thousands for some games and, during junior year, we even had a chance to visit ESPN Studios in New York City and get a personalized tour from former CBA alum and current “Around the Horn” host Tony Reali.  During my senior year, this also catapulted me into the Colt Morning Sports Reporter job and also gave me the chance to record an on-air radio advertisement for CBA at 94.3 The Point.

To wrap things up, my final morning sports report would have sounded something like this…

To the underclassmen, take advantage of every opportunity that is presented to you during your time at CBA. It may be something you least expect and don’t be afraid to try new things. After the coronavirus situation subsides and life slowly turns back to normal, appreciate the time you have with your fellow brothers. Even though you’ve heard this a thousand times already, your time at CBA will fly by and before you know it, it’ll be your turn to say goodbye to a place you called home for four years.  

To the Juniors, make my class and the school proud with every opportunity you receive once we pass on the torch. Although the future is still as uncertain as ever, become the leaders and role models of the school and continue to take everything that happens in stride.  

Finally to my fellow seniors, we mourn the loss of the happiest times of our high school career.  We can’t get back this lost time, but we can reflect on the great times we had over the past four years.  We can only look forward to the next stages in our life and continue to hope for better days ahead. We’ve given it our all.

It was an honor being the Sports Reporter this year and would like to thank every student and faculty member for giving me their time every morning.  On behalf of the graduating class, we will miss CBA and can’t wait to see what the next generations have in store.

That’s all for now CBA, have a great rest of your time at the school and Go Colts!