Ashley Marvel '21

What is your favorite athletic memory as a Tatnall Hornet?
My favorite athletics memory as a Tatnall Hornet was my sophomore year field hockey season. I came to Tatnall as a sophomore, and I was very fortunate to be able to make varsity my first year. At our first game against Saint Andrews of that season, I scored the first and only goal of the game for the win. It was the best feeling. Or potentially when I was nominated for Delaware Athlete of the Month - even though I didn’t win, it felt amazing to be recognized with so many other great athletes!

What is the most important lesson playing sports at Tatnall taught you?
The most important lesson sports at Tatnall has taught me is to try my best and give my all to whatever I am doing at the moment. Specifically, in sports, maybe the sport I am playing is not my favorite, but if I don’t try, it doesn’t help. This lesson also translates into real life situations because even if what your doing is not your favorite thing, like taking the trash out, you do it to the best of your ability, and you complete the task fast, it will benefit you later in life.

What was the biggest difficulty you faced in your athletic career, and how did you overcome it?
Personally, my biggest difficulty was getting over the negative. Whether it came from myself and I wasn’t happy with how I played or a coach wasn’t happy with me, I’ve strived to take that and turn it into fuel to keep playing at my very best. It’s a mentality that I used every day, both on and off the field.

If you could say one thing to younger Hornet athletes, what would it be?
Embrace every opportunity you get. Especially now, during this pandemic which hopefully does not affect younger classes, just know that you are very fortunate to play. Work hard so you can play hard.

Who is a teammate or coach you would like to spotlight, and how did they help you as a Tatnall athlete? 
I honestly think that everyone on my teams, field hockey, ice hockey, and lacrosse, have kept me on my game and encouraged me to be my best every game and practice. I do think, however, that Hadley Morgan ‘20 was a huge role model for me. She was always on time, focused, and worked hard in every practice and game, and it set a tone that I wanted to continue. Hadley always asked questions and was not afraid to mess up; it’s part of the process!

The Tatnall School

The Tatnall School is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for students in PK3 through Grade 12 located in Wilmington, Delaware.