Brett Balthis '21

What is your favorite athletic memory as a Tatnall Hornet?
My favorite memory as a Tatnall Hornet would have to be winning cross country states this year by a good amount after coming off of a tough, close loss the year before. It really showed that the work we had put in for the last six to seven months had finally paid off and I had the opportunity to enjoy the victory of my best friends and some of the best runners in the state.

What is the most important lesson playing sports at Tatnall taught you?
The most important lesson(s) playing sports at Tatnall has taught me is to work hard every day and to never give up. If you work hard, you will see results, but if you never give up, you become something that you probably never thought you could be. When that realization hits you, the feeling of accomplishment is pretty special.

What was the biggest difficulty you faced in your athletic career, and how did you overcome it?
The biggest difficulty I faced in my athletic career was honestly motivation. Motivation to keep pushing forward everyday. To run on the days that I just wanted to relax. The only way I got through this was with the help and support from my friends, family, and coaches. 

If you could say one thing to younger Hornet athletes, what would it be?
One thing that I could say to younger Hornet athletes would be to really enjoy the moments you have with your teammates and coaches every day because I feel like, looking back now, I took my first two years of being a runner at Tatnall for granted. I know it is cliche to say but you really have to make every single day count. No Matter What. The days will fly by and sometimes you may not even notice.

Who is a teammate or coach you would like to spotlight, and how did they help you as a Tatnall athlete? 
This question took me a little bit to think about, but the coach that helped me as a Tatnall athlete would Mark Ginn. I don't even know how to start to describe Mr. Ginn, but he was one of those people who you could just kind of talk to, connect to, and get along with no matter what the subject. He has a passion for the sport of running and the three years that I had with Mr. Ginn were pretty memorable through the basic life lessons that he taught me and the team every day, the barefoot long runs and workouts, and the great acts of kindness he gave to the team. 

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.