Who’s an NSCAA All-American? Our Alex Mesropyan is! And that’s not all…Alex Mesropyan set the soccer world on fire this past fall, captured the hearts of the IHA community all season, and concluded with her epic leading role in the County and State championship games. She led the Blue Eagles to number one ranking in the nation!
But leadership is nothing new to Mesropyan who was a varsity basketball team captain during her junior year and both varsity soccer and basketball captains during her senior year. Bergen county rewarded Alex with “Athlete of the Season for Fall Sports” as well as numerous well-deserved Bergen County and State recognitions for soccer. Brandon Silva, head varsity soccer coach at IHA says, “She was always team first and although she proved to be special in big moments, I always felt she did it for the program and not for herself.”
So how did Alex become such a modest leader and role model to not only her teammates, but classmates and underclassmen? Perhaps it stems from her dedication to community service.
In her spare time off the court and the field, Alex was a volunteer basketball coach and a youth group leader at St Thomas Armenian Church in Tenafly, NJ. She is a strong member of the National Honor Society, a Prefect, and she received a Presidential Award for Service.
“I love and admire Alex for her tenacity and resiliency,” says Ms. McNulty, Alex’s former English teacher. “She was one of the most conscientious and dedicated students I ever had. Alex is a stellar student, a stellar athlete, but most importantly, a stellar young woman. I will miss being able to look for her to help with any school event, and her wonderful presence all around the school, but especially in Room 204.”
Alex attributes her success to all her friends, teammates, coaches and teachers. She knows she will miss all of them as she starts the next chapter in her life, but looks forward to staying in touch.
Her favorite memory at IHA is beating Northern Highlands in the soccer county finals, putting an end to their record winning streak.
This fall, Alex will find a new home at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut where she will begin coursework towards a Masters in Biology with goals of continuing on to medical school. Alex will also once again grace the soccer field in her new Sacred Heart uniform, competing in the Division 1, Northeast Conference.
We wish her luck and will be cheering Alex on from the halls of Immaculate Heart Academy!