Riley Medina '24

What is your favorite part about being an athlete at Shipley? 
My favorite part of being on a team at Shipley is the sense of community and support I get from my teammates. Our strong bond is what fuels the effort we put into playing our hardest. When we don’t play the best, we always have each other to fall back onto for motivation. 

What is your favorite part about being in the musical for Shipley? 
Similarly, my favorite part about being in the musical for Shipley is the friendships I’ve made with cast members. Caring for and understanding each other not only exposes us to great relationships but also exponentially improves our chemistry in performing together.

What other activities do you do outside of school? 
I’ve been taking weekly piano lessons for as long as I can remember, which is one of my biggest passions. However, the majority of the activities I participate in are in school. 

What made you want to do both athletics and the musical at Shipley? 
I’ve been involved in soccer since I was a toddler, which I’ve always had a big passion for, so it was something that I wanted to continue. As for the musical, when I was in 7th grade at Shipley, I heard about that year's musical being Mary Poppins and just decided I would try it out, which is one of the best decisions I’ve ever made. 

How do you find the balance between all of your activities at Shipley and outside of School? 
I find it’s easier to find balance when you participate in activities that you enjoy. I’m definitely a busy person, but I’m busy doing things that I love.  

When you came to Shipley did you consider yourself an athlete or a theater person? What do you consider yourself now? How did Shipley help shape the person you are today?  
When I first came to Shipley, I considered myself strictly an athlete. I was extremely intent on focusing on soccer and basketball and wanted to succeed in just that. Ironically enough, I would say I consider myself today both an athlete and a theater person, but more so a theater person. Shipley’s theater program exposed me to the world of theater, and I grew to discover how much I really loved it. However, I couldn’t be thankful enough for Shipley athletics and have so much love and passion for it still. 

What does the Shipley Motto, Courage for the Deed; Grace for the Doing mean to you? 
My interpretation of Courage for the Deed; Grace for the Doing is that you should try your absolute best in everything you do, which takes courage.
The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.