Badminton - Co-Ed Varsity
This season, the badminton team has continued to build a strong program. The season started on a high note with brand new equipment and a new home at Marianapolis’ Athletic Complex. This year’s team saw many new faces and a few strong returning players. Captains Delan (Angela) Luo '19 and Tianyi (Tyler) Tang '21, both in their first year, stepped up to lead the team this season. Angela’s positive attitude and encouragement helped the team through some tough competitions. Tyler’s first season as captain gave him the opportunity to step up as a young leader and help challenge everyone to be their best selves. The coaches would like to thank you both for all your hard work and dedication this season. This season’s highlights include hosting the first ever home matches against MacDuffie and Winchendon, winning on the road against Winchendon, and coming close to beating MacDuffie on the road. Honghao (Peter) Zhang '19 and Yifei (Victoria) Fang '21 set a solid foundation for the Mixed Double matches at the beginning of the season to be followed by another strong pairing of Angela and Long Pham '21 as Victoria found a new spot on the team in the Girl’s Double matches with Angela, Jianghan (Sarah) Zhang '20, Linwei (Belle) Li '20, and Ha (Halley) Le '19 helped out in a huge way on the girl’s side with filling in on the Singles matches and playing hard. Tyler, Peter, Long, Xuanlin (Linden) Wang '19, and Huynh (Torres) Tung '21 filled some big holes this year on the boy’s side, and faced some tough competition. With an overall record of 1-6, it definitely wasn’t the ending we wanted to see, but with all the young talent on this team, the badminton program has a bright future. We are looking to welcome back the underclassmen led by captains L. Pham '21 and J. Zhang '20!
Meghan CavanaughHead CoachMeghan Cavanaugh is in her ninth year teaching English as a Second Language. In her second year at Marianapolis, she is teaching English I and English II, coaching JV Gold Volleyball and co-coaching JV and Varsity Badminton. She is also a dorm parent at Villa St. Joseph. While studying at Kent State, Ms. Cavanaugh participated in two study abroad programs in Dresden, Germany; one was a language program and the other was a teaching program for EFL. During grad school at Penn State, she presented her Master’s thesis in Brasilia, Brazil, at the IV CLAFPL conference on language learning and teacher development. Outside of Marianapolis, Ms. Cavanaugh enjoys kayaking and traveling. One day, she hopes to visit every country in which her students call home.
Frances JonesAssistant CoachFrances Jones joins the English and Chinese departments at Marianapolis this year. She is a dorm parent in Bayer House. When she isn't reading, she enjoys crocheting or doing calligraphy. Ms. Jones spent two years teaching in China, in addition to having studied abroad there in high school and college. During the summer, Ms. Jones is a counselor at a camp in Vermont.