Naval Lappalainen '21

What is your favorite athletic memory as a Tatnall Hornet?
Playing tennis in Upper School or swimming varsity as an 8th grader.

What is the most important lesson playing sports at Tatnall taught you?
The importance of being resilient and always remaining positive on the court, even if matches don't go your way.

What was the biggest difficulty you faced in your athletic career, and how did you overcome it?
Going through a tough losing streak my sophomore year on the tennis court. I lost many matches that I felt capable of winning, oftentimes losing matches after being a few points from victory. I overcame this by playing as much as I could and not focusing so heavily on the score-line but rather just enjoying the game as it only lasts for so long.

If you could say one thing to younger Hornet athletes, what would it be?
Try new things and have fun. Don't be afraid to try a sport you've never thought of playing before.

Who is a teammate or coach you would like to spotlight, and how did they help you as a Tatnall athlete? 
Coach Simon. He keeps tennis fun and always keeps the team motivated.

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