Athlete Spotlight: Zachary Hart

 Captain of the soccer team, Zach Hart ’22, after a Service Leader meeting.

This month’s athlete spotlight has been awarded to Zach Hart ’22. Captain of the boys soccer team, he holds the position of center back on defense. He transferred to Western Reserve Academy from Hawken Upper School for his junior year, admiring WRA’s balance of athletics and academics as well as its supportive community. Although he had just joined the team, Hart immediately made an impact as a and leader, leading to his status as captain this year along with CJ Randazzo ’22 and Dan Hoffman ’22.Hart has been playing soccer for 14 years now, and he especially enjoys the environment that it provides. One of the reasons Hart loves the WRA team so much is its “great group of guys.” His new role has not been without difficulties, though. With 12 new varsity members, the team had to actively work towards acclimating new students to the WRA community while also building chemistry on the soccer field. However, the fall preseason allowed them time to do so, and the team can often be seen hanging out at school events and sharing meals together in the dining hall. According to the team’s current 4-0 record, it appears their hard work has paid off. They do not look to be slowing down anytime soon, and Hart looks forward to continuing to increase the comradery between the boys on the team and facing strong competition at the same time. The program’s newfound partnership with Black Rock Football Club allows the team to play soccer in the offseason, as well. 

High school and prep school games make up the fall before transitioning to club games in the winter and spring. This opportunity is one that Hart finds particularly exciting since he hopes to continue his soccer career at the collegiate level.

Despite Hart’s busy soccer schedule, he still manages to attain the balance between athletics and the rest of his life that he so greatly appreciates in the WRA experience. His long list of leadership positions includes Student Advisory Committee member, Chief Ambassador, Service Leader and much more. As a Service Leader, one of Hart’s most notable accomplishments is his creation of the Reserve Grant Board. In his words, “the Grant Board is a selective student-led board consisting of 5-7 members and faculty advisors. This group will be responsible for reviewing student submitted grant applications focused on service projects or philanthropic needs.” The group will select to award funds to the most worthy applications. 

With all of Hart’s achievements, he is clearly a worthy choice for the athlete spotlight and a great addition to the WRA community though his hard work, dedication, and positivity!

– Hannah Ma ’22

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