2019 Post-Dispatch Scholar Athlete
Julia Amato ’19 was chosen to represent MICDS as a 2019 St. Louis Post-Dispatch Scholar Athlete. In her time as a student at MICDS, Julia participated in:
- Tennis: Third place Class 1 State Team in 2017
- Squash: National qualifier, Coaches’ Award, Sportsmanship Award
- Track and Field: Team took first at State in 2018 and fourth in 2019
- In addition, Amato was one of this year’s Co-Valedictorians and a National Merit Scholar Finalist, and she was inducted into the Cum Laude Society. She earned First Honors and won the Bausch and Lomb Science Award.
Amato is currently studying at Vanderbilt University, and is determining whether she wants to work in medicine or business. “I do not know exactly what I want to do, but I would like to use math and science in my career. I’ve always loved math because I find it challenging and interesting.”
Her life of service started at MICDS, where she served as co-head of the MICDS Activities Committee and was a co-founder and co-president of the MICDS chapter of Children’s Miracle Network. (See more about her work to create the first annual Dance Marathon on page 27.) Last summer, she volunteered at a medical clinic and orphanage in Peru.
“I have realized that I always need to see the beauty that is present in front of me. As the Dalai Lama said, ‘The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for all goodness.’ I do think that the key to happiness is gratitude,” Amato reflected.
Lacrosse Player of the Year
After securing his fourth consecutive lacrosse State Championship, Graham Bundy Jr. ’19 was named the All-Metro Boys Lacrosse Player of the Year. For anyone who has been following Bundy Jr.’s sports career, this is no surprise.
He committed to playing Division I college lacrosse at Georgetown when he was a freshman at MICDS, and then spent the next three seasons proving himself. He is Missouri’s all-time career points leader, having racked up 421 points over four years. His final season, he scored 137 points through 72 goals, 65 assists and 44 ground balls. He’s a four-time, First-Team All-State honoree and two-time captain of the Adrenaline All-American team. He won the State Championship MVP award twice, once as a sophomore and then again as a senior. No stranger to the pressure of a state championship, he helped take the football Rams to the final round against Ladue last season.
Congratulations, Graham. We’ll be cheering for your Georgetown team!