At its final athletic awards night of the year May 20, Wakefield Country Day School announced the winners of the annual Leonard Cowherd Awards. The award is named for a 1999 alumnus of the school who died in Iraq while leading a platoon of soldiers in 2005.
“The Leonard Cowherd that I knew as a student athlete excelled in and out of the classroom and strove for excellence,” said athletic director Mike Costello. “Our winners are recognized because they reflect Leonard’s commitment and dedication in and out of the classroom. These two student athletes indeed fit the bill and are truly representatives of the definition of Wakefield student athletes.”
The female winner is senior Christine Pankow of Flint Hill. She has been a leader on and off the playing field and court. She has competed in volleyball, basketball and soccer in her career at the shool. Pankow has also played travel volleyball, travel softball and has been involved in the United States Pony Club outside of the school. She has been a team captain in volleyball and basketball. She is a past winner of the Wakefield end-of-the-year athletic award.
Pankow is a two-time MVP of the Delaney Athletic Conference in Division 2 volleyball and has won team awards in all of her sports. She has been named to the all-conference team in volleyball in both the DAC and CAC. She has also been named to the soccer All-DAC team. Her teams have won DAC championships in basketball and twice in volleyball. Her community service efforts include: Envirothon, hurricane relief in New Orleans, volleyball camp instructor, Key Club activities, Relay for Life, Walkathon for Breast Cancer Research and assisting as a physical education teaching assistant, to name the most prominent. Pankow has been named Athlete of the Month several times in her career at Wakefield. She has consistently been a first honors student and has been the recipient of several academic awards in her career here; she also won two academic scholarships this spring.
The male winner is senior Ian McCool of Amissville. He has been a first honors and or second honors student, a senor class prefect and an academic award winner at Wakefield. He has served his school in the Key Club and as a youth soccer referee. McCool has done hurricane relief in New Orleans and community service at a school in Argentina. He has distinguished himself in the field of athletics competing in six different sports in his time here at the School. He has competed in tennis, soccer, basketball, lacrosse, swimming and cross country.
McCool had his soccer season curt short this year due to an injury, but continued to lead the team as a captain. He was also a captain on the varsity basketball team. He has won numerous team awards in his many sports McCool has been named to the All-Conference team in the following sports: cross country, soccer and lacrosse in his career. His teams have won DAC championships in lacrosse, three times in soccer and a tri-championship in basketball. He has also played travel soccer outside the school. He was named Athlete of the Month several times in his career at Wakefield.
Len and Mary Ann Cowherd of Culpeper, parents of Leonard Cowherd, participated in the ceremony and helped to present the awards to McCool and Pankow.