Senior FH Player Bailey Messa Selected as 2020 Semper Fidelis All-American for Academic and Athletic Excellence
(November 11, 2020) - Senior Field Hockey player Bailey Messa has been selected as a 2020 Semper Fidelis All-American for her drive, athletic ability, leadership and commitment to building life skills on and off the field.
“Bailey is an incredible young lady,” said her field hockey coach Tabatha Bray Gilbert. “She is dedicated, kind and mature. She is an articulate person who leads by example and speaks up when situations or circumstances call for it.”
Now in its fourth year, the award honors less than 50 student-athletes from across the country based on their athletic prowess, academic success and embodiment of the Marine Corps values of honor, courage and commitment.
“I am honored to receive this award,” Messa said, “and I’m grateful my leadership on and off the field was appreciated.”
An honor roll student for her entire high school career, Messa is a midfielder known for her relentless effort and continuous pressure. She’s been playing field hockey since fourth grade, and enjoys the competitiveness and friendships she’s built. She also plays Ultimate for the Panthers. A member of the National Honor Society (NHS) and Spanish National Honor Society, Messa volunteers at the social services organization Face to Face in Germantown, performs science experiments in Glenside Elementary kindergarten teacher Kenneth Rackow’s class and offers tutoring services as part of the NHS.
Moving forward, Messa would like to play club field hockey at a New England or “out west” college where she’ll likely study education.
In recognition of the importance of building a support system to enable the success of the next generation, each All-American was given the opportunity to invite a mentor to join them in the recognition. Messa selected Gilbert because of the impact she has had in helping Messa achieve this honor.
Messa and Gilbert will be recognized at a local presentation this month before being recognized at the Cheltenham School District’s December 8 legislative board meeting.
“I chose Coach Gilbert (as her mentor) because I have played for her for four years and she has made a big impact on my high school time,” Messa said. “It means a great deal that she nominated me for this award about pushing yourself and overcoming challenges. Coach Gilbert always pushed me harder on the field in order to make me a better athlete. I am happy she will be standing with me.”