Why Vermont Academy?

By Will Brady '17 (Ridgefield, Connecticut)

Why I Chose VA:
Towards the end of my junior year of high school, I began to seriously think about attending prep school for basketball. Originally, I had planned to graduate from my public high school in Connecticut and then find a school for a postgraduate season before heading off to
college. However, when Coach Popp approached me about repeating my junior year and spending two years at Vermont Academy, I jumped at the opportunity. Vermont Academy not only offered a school with a solid academic reputation, something that was very important to me and my family, but it also presented the chance to join an up and coming basketball program coming off the best year in school history in the best prep league in the country. For me, the decision ended up being an easy one, as VA had everything I could possibly want out of a school. In my first year at VA, I was challenged both on and off the court, but ultimately my teammates and I received the ultimate reward - a NEPSAC AA championship trophy to bring back to campus - the first in school history. Vermont Academy also allowed me to be a part of an extremely tight-knit community as I formed incredible relationships with everyone from my teammates and coaches to teachers and school administrators. I have been thrilled with my decision to attend Vermont Academy thus far, and I can’t wait for my senior year and life after as a Vermont Academy basketball alumni. Go VA!