Students honor senior athletes by attending senior nights


For athletes who have spent countless hours practicing and several weekends/summers traveling, senior night is more than just their name and accomplishments being announced. Senior night is the end of an era.

The senior volleyball players Amanda Loschen ’23, Amelia Roth ’23, Amanda Draper ’23 and Ashley Wilwerding and volleyball team managers Courtney Long ’23 and Olivia Strako ’23 celebrate their last home game on Oct. 11. Photo courtesy of Ashley Wilwerding.

It means that the sport they haves spent so much time focusing on is coming to an end or a drastic change if the athlete plans to participate in their sport in college.

For many seniors, they have been contributing to their teams for the past four years and have had a significant effect on the program. 

The student body is responsible for supporting the senior athletes for their accomplishments and dedication to Marian sports. Without their consistency and hard work, Marian athletics would not be as strong. 

Senior Lauren Mendlick, a St. Louis University swimming commit, has been a member of the swim team all four years of high school. Mendlick said she has been “super blessed to be a part of such an amazing team all four years.” She is “thankful for the traditions such as the underclassmen writing letters to the seniors.” 

Senior Ashley Wilwerding has been in the Marian basketball and volleyball programs since her freshman year. She has made a lot of memories in her sports throughout the years. Wilwerding said, “Senior night is important to me to commemorate my commitment to my sports and all I have accomplished.” 

For volleyball senior night, each senior gets a cake with their face on it, a long-standing Marian tradition that honors and thanks the seniors. 

Senior nights provide recognition for the effort, time and dedication student athletes give to the Marian athletic program. 

Student attendance at senior nights is important because the students need to recognize their classmates’ accomplishments and efforts. 

Athletes give so much to Marian, and their classmates should give them the honor that they deserve. It is especially important for seniors to attend senior nights because it is their classmates who are being recognized, and it means a lot to the athletes to see their own class supporting them. View senior tributes at

Senior athletes appreciate the time and efforts their classmates put in to support their accomplishments and hard work. 

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