After a senior year cut short by Covid, new alum Noah Brooks is glad to be back on a school campus again.
After graduating from Williston, Noah moved on to Colby College in Waterville, Maine, where he is continuing his academic and athletic career as a member of the lacrosse team. He committed there as a lacrosse recruit during the summer of 2019, and has been working hard to prepare for his future on the field ever since.
Noah graduated from Williston in the spring of 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. He was a Williston student since the 8th grade and spent a total of five years as a Wildcat.
He was a four-year letterman for the varsity lacrosse program and was one of four captains during his senior year.
He talked about how Williston prepared him for a college work load and allowed him to adjust comfortably to Colby.
“The transition to Colby was extremely easy because of Williston’s preparation,” he said. “In terms of time management and background knowledge for my classes, I could not feel more comfortable.”
This year has been extremely unique due to the Covid-19 pandemic, but Noah has been able to make the best of his opportunity on campus. Colby, like many other colleges around the country, has implemented new social distancing strategies to try and keep their campus as safe as possible.
“Each student on Colby campus is required to wear a mask and maintain social distancing at all times,” he said. “Additionally, we are tested two times a week at this point and until last week, we were tested four times a week. We’ve had zero positive cases in the past 13 days.”
The lack of Covid on Colby’s campus means that Noah is able to focus his time and effort into his academics and athletics. He has been working extremely hard in the weight room and on the field to prepare for a big season. Although the official season doesn’t start until preseason in February, he’s already practicing with his team.
Throughout his senior year, Noah was a leader on the field, in the weight room, and in the classroom. This was extremely apparent to all of his teammates, including Joe Easton, a sophomore day student from Southwick, Mass., who talked about Noah’s impact as a leader.
“Noah’s impact was definitely his leadership ability,” he said. “Whether it was putting in work in the weight room or during training, or being a good friend, he always led by example.”
Joe, along with many of Noah’s former teammates, believe that he will make an immediate impact as a mule.
“I think Noah will do great on the field at Colby, he’s explosive at middy and has great size and speed and will bring a lot of those leadership aspects to Colby,” he said.
Noah has been off to a great start at Colby, and he is eager to learn as much as he can as a student and an athlete despite the roadblock of Covid-19.
“My college experience has been pretty awesome despite the challenges Covid-19 has presented,” he said. “In terms of academics, I feel as though I am learning an absurd amount, especially at a liberal arts school where I am constantly challenging myself in multiple areas of studies.”