9 results for month: 01/2016


ATA “Lifer” commits to Division 3 National Champions

A much beloved ATA "Lifer" recently celebrated his college signing ceremony with family, friends, coaches, teammates and ATA community members applauding his accomplishment of gaining acceptance to his "dream" school. During his signing ceremony speech, Jake Berber shared: "Claremont McKenna College was my top choice because it's one of the strongest liberal arts colleges in the country, the tennis team is the reigning Division 3 National Champions and the students there are the type of people who will help me grow as a person." Jake should be well prepared for the challenges of being a student-athlete at one of the most selective liberal arts schools ...

ATA College Prep Students Debate Policy, Develop Skills

The ATA College Prep Policy Debate unfolded last Friday, with many of CP’s juniors and seniors clashing over the topic of ‘Increasing Military Presence In The Middle East’. “Debate and public speaking are primary components in an education that matches our mission of developing compassionate, communicative leaders,” said Head of School Carol Hagar. “During their years here, all CP students produce both informal oral presentations and formal ones, as in the recent policy debate. I was impressed with the overall level of research, preparation and poised delivery from each our students.” The debate, which followed the standard ...

ATA Hires New Academy and Fitness Coach

ATA recently hired new academy and fitness coach Josh Rifkin, who is from Fort Wayne, Indiana and who has been involved with competitive tennis his entire life. Following his junior career, Josh became the winningestmen’s tennis player in the history of Ithaca College, as well as the first ever Division III All-American in doubles at his college.  ​Josh’s journey with ATA began in the summer of 2011 after deciding he wanted to pursue a professional tenniscareer. After some research, he came across ATA and took a visit. Immediately after visiting, he felt a strong connection and knew this was the place he wanted to train. ...

Save Your Spot In Spring Break Tennis Camp

2016 Spring Break Tennis Training Camps This Spring Break, your child can take advantage of the Austin Tennis Academy’s tennis camps to progress at a rapid rate. These camps are designed to provide the greatest development of your child’s physical, mental, technical, and tactical performance levels. Sign up now for a full week or a single day!   Sessions March 14-18, 2016 Times QuickStart Camp 9:00am – 10:30am (age 5-8) Morning Camp 9:00am – 12:00pm Tournament Tough Training Camp 1:00pm – 4:00pm Cost QuickStart Camp $175/week ($40/day drop-in) Morning Camp $300/week ($80/day drop-in) Tournament Tough Training Camp ...

Erik and Jake’s Signing Ceremonies

Erik Kerrigan and Jake Berber - both had their signing ceremonies last night which were held in the ATA fitness center. They were surrounded by their families, as well as the ATA community to help them begin their transition to college. Erik Kerrigan signed his National Letter of Intent with the University of Chicago. He will play tennis for the Maroons starting in the Fall. He also received an academic scholarship for his outstanding SAT score of 2350! The university has a 7.8% acceptance rate and only 10 percent of the accepted students get scholarships. The University of Chicago is ranked #4 according to US News and has had 89 Nobel Prize ...

Parent Seminar with David Benzel Jan 14, 6pm


USTA National Winter Championships Recap

Under the guidance of Coach Newman and Coach Notis, 17 players represented ATA at the USTA National Winter Championships in Phoenix (Boys and Girls 16’s&18’s) and Tuscon (Boys and Girls 12’s&14’s). Boys 12’s – James Cockrell Girls 12’s – Sasha Malysheva, Caroline Wernli Boys 14’s – Juan Abboud, Harrison Chiu Girls 14’s – Anushka Dania, Megha Dania   Boys 16’s – Jesse Wikso Girls 16’s – Callie Creath, Kristin Kerrigan Boys 18’s – Chase Bartlett, Jake Berber, Payton Holden, Erik Kerrigan, Alejandro Rodriguez Girls 18’s –Hunter Bleser, Abigail Chiu   Several ...

Looking Back… Charging Forward

As we begin a new year, ATA players will be setting their goals for 2016. One of our former students, Kendall Dabaghi was recently written up in Forbes magazine. This got me thinking about our players of the past, many of whom have set and accomplished high goals. If you walk around the ATA campus, you will see many banners recognizing players from our past. In case you have not heard about some of these historical moments, I have included a top 10 listing of ATA players and their accomplishments from the past: (1) Ashley Weinhold (currently playing on the WTA tour) wins Girls 18s National Hard Courts in singles and receives a wildcard into ...

Meet CP Teacher And Award-Winning Actress Taylor Flanagan

For the past 41 years, the B. Iden Payne Awards have recognized outstanding work from the theatre community in Austin. Among the honorees this year, the award for Outstanding Featured Actress went to Taylor Flanagan for her performance as young Gabrielle York in When The Rain Stops Falling. On top of putting on award-winning performances, Taylor leads the Theatre and Spanish classes at ATA College Prep. “Taylor is a quick study and has been able to effectively play multiple roles at College Prep - from registrar to event planner to general organizer to an inspirational Spanish teacher,” said CP Director Carol Hagar. “But it is in her roles as ...