Ify Ofulue Excels at ISLs and New Englands

Undefeated and breaking records, Amanda “Ify” Ofulue ’19 wrapped up an amazing track and field season by winning the New England Championships (New England Prep School Track Association – Division 1) in both shot put (41′ 10″) and discus (129′ 10″). In both events, she broke Milton school records, and she set a facility record (Loomis Chaffee) in discus. Ify was also an ISL Champion in shot put, setting an ISL Championship record, and an ISL Champion in discus. She topped it all off with second place in javelin, scoring a total of 28 of Milton’s total 72 points, which placed the girls third overall in ISLs.

“In my opinion, she will be remembered as the greatest female throw athlete in Milton Academy’s history and in the ISL,” says Coach Steve Darling. “I don’t foresee her records being broken for a very long time, maybe ever. An athlete like Ify only comes around once in a lifetime. I’m just glad I was here to witness it.”

Ify was one of three captains along with Cianna O’Flaherty ’19 and Lily Wright ’19. “She’s been a great captain,” says Steve. “She’s always the first to arrive and one of the last to leave. Having Ify on the team is similar to having another assistant coach at practice, due to her maturity and her experience competing. Ify is very easy to coach, but what I enjoy most is that she is comfortable sharing with me her own thoughts and opinions regarding her technique, and therefore we both learn from each other.” Ify is attending Brown University this fall and will compete on Brown’s track and field team.

A MINDFUL LIFE

“Forever, is composed of Nows,” wrote Emily Dickinson more than a century and a half ago—a message that resonates today more than ever. Modern life—with its overwhelming demands and distractions—makes it increasingly difficult to pause and reflect upon our lives. In this issue, Milton alumni share their stories about the power of living in the Now—of staying present to more fully assess our lives and relationships. We also feature a story about making student mental health a priority, and hear from our faculty about the importance of taking the time to listen and stay connected to ourselves.