ESTAAR, Scholarships and Sports
How Episcopal’s Academic Changes Came Together for Connor Pellerin (’17) and Scott Wicker, Jr. (’18) —Athletes and Scholars
Connor Pellerin – Coastal Habitat, Baseball and Football
Connor Pellerin (’17) joined Episcopal in the 9th grade. Immediately, he became part of the 80% of Upper School (and Middle School) students who compete in team sports. He applied himself academically, demonstrating an interest in science. As a junior, Connor began participating in our ESTAAR program which, in a nutshell, places students in university labs run by research scientists to work on specific projects—for Episcopal course credit. Connor’s work involved Louisiana coastal habitat issues. Connor was recognized by high school science fairs and with his research work being published in a journal article along with the work of The Water Institute of the Gulf scientists. All along at Episcopal, Connor developed as a strong multi-sport athlete, eventually earning postseason accolades, multi-year varsity letters, and being named by his teammates as a Team Captain to both our varsity football and baseball programs. In short, Connor led a busy, positive student-athlete life at Episcopal.
When it came time for college admissions, Connor’s record of hard work and good grades combined with his unique ESTAAR experience and his baseball accomplishments served him very well. In the normal college admissions time, he was admitted to colleges of his choice to continue his scientific studies. Then, late in his senior year, he found himself in a rare situation. His baseball pitching had matured and, with a senior year record of 9-3, an ERA of under 1, and 108 strikeouts, he had drawn the attention of college baseball scouts, including Tulane University. Connor accepted Tulane University’s attractive scholar-athlete package and is now finishing his freshman year at Tulane. In his young collegiate athletic career, Connor has already made 17 appearances for the Green Wave, including 2 wins and a save. Needless to say, Connor has worked hard and done well academically and in baseball at Tulane.
Scott Wicker, Jr. – Non-Traditional Heating Methods for Petrochemical Manufacturing, Football, Baseball and Powerlifting
Scott Wicker, Jr. (’18) also applied himself academically, demonstrating an interest in science and participated in ESTAAR. He qualified to present his university-level research in May 2018 at the 56th National Junior Science and Humanities Symposium. Scott will be one of the 230 high school students who qualified to make a presentation by submitting and presenting original scientific research papers in regional symposia held at universities nationwide. He qualified for the national competition at the Louisiana regional event that was held at LSU in January. Scott also won 1st place in his category at Region VII Science Fair and 3rd place in his category at State Science Fair. Scott played football and baseball and did powerlifting. He placed 2nd Team All District in Football and placed 6th in State Powerlifting.
Next year Scott intends to study science and do more scientific research at Rhodes College (Memphis, TN). At Rhodes, a NCAA Division III College, he will be back on the football field as a "Lynx."