December Athletes of the Month

Whitman Principal Kathie Acker congratulates her two exceptional December Athletes of the Month.
Whitman Principal Kathie Acker congratulates her two exceptional December Athletes of the Month.

It’s not about the wins or points scored on the basketball court for our female December Athlete of the Month. For Rose Pedretti, it’s about leadership. “We lost a lot of seniors to graduation, so we are a new and less experienced team than in past years,” said Rose. The Lady Wildcats lost all of their starters, who played every game and who also took them deep into the playoffs last year. In the absence, “I’m just trying to step up and be more vocal on the court," Rose said. "I’m trying to score more and help develop our team's chemistry.”

A soccer player and member of Whitman’s World Language Society, Rose is an avid fan of everything French. She also has a highly competitive nature that may not be obvious on the surface. “I can be very hard on myself on the court," said Rose. "I don’t like to back down from challenges.” All talented athletes seem to possess skills that are required for their particular sport, but it’s the leaders who set themselves apart and rise to the top. It's nice to know that as a sophomore, Rose will be here to lead for another couple of years. 


Our male Athlete of the Month for December is foil fencer Michael Ruotolo. ”I definitely had a good month in December," said Michael, who went undefeated winning all 15 of his matches in the month. But Michael doesn't dwell on his past accomplishments. Like his counterpart, Rose Pedretti, Michael can also be hard on himself. “I’m never totally satisfied with my matches,” said the driven fencer. “I placed second, and not first, in the Brentwood Tournament, and I'm never really satisfied with less than first and always looking to improve against the best fencers in the county.”

Michael is a soft-spoken leader who, not surprisingly, is the team captain. He is totally dedicated to the sport, always striving to improve and perform better and to bring out to best in his teammates. “When I’m on the strip I block everything out and focus. It’s all about one touch at a time,” said the Whitman senior. Michael has been accepted to Stevens Institute of Technology where, next fall, he will continue his love of fencing as he delves into his favorite academic subject, physics.