Bridgedale Grad Nathan Santos Named All-State

    Posted on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at 3:53 PM

    Posted by Mike McPartlin on Jan 31, 2023 3:53:06 PM

    Huge Part of his Team's Success

    by Mike McPartlin, Headmaster, Bridgedale Academy

    Bridgedale grad Nathan Santos at Neuqua Valley HSBridgedale Academy grad Nathan Santos was recently honored as an AHAI high school hockey All-State selection. The Neuqua Valley standout senior defenseman was earlier selected as an Illinois West All-Conference All-Star as well.

    Here's how Dan Granato, Nathan's coach at Neuqua Valley, described Nathan and his contributions this season:

    "(Nathan is) an elite player who has garnered much praise from many around the state and league who have seen him play. Nathan has earned his reputation as one of the top high school defensemen in the state. One of the best offensive-defensemen who has ever played at Neuqua, Nathan has been a huge part of our offensive successes. Nathan's skill will be greatly missed next season and beyond."

    Nathan attended Bridgedale Academy for four (4) years, arriving as a 5th grader but, because he was so strong academically, he was quickly promoted to 6th grade. This means that Nathan, though a senior, is still only 17 years old.

    "Nathan was very precocious academically when he arrived at Bridgedale," said Bridgedale Academic Dean Christina Di Pauli. "And so after discussions with his parents we promoted him one grade to the 6th grade, which was where he belonged. He never looked back, earning 4.0 GPA Honor Roll in nearly all his trimesters at Bridgedale."

    Bridgedale grad Nathan Santos Reading the Play"Nathan is an excellent example of what focus and determination can do for a young player," said Bridgedale Headmaster Mike McPartlin. "He was a late bloomer and ultimately overcame a lot to become the player he's become. He plays poised and with his head up, so he sees plays on the ice that most players don't see."

    "We're delighted to see Nathan having this type of success in his hockey and very proud of him," added McPartlin.


    Congratulations to Nathan (and his parents Nelson and Karen) on his achievements at Neuqua Valley HS.


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