Model Laboratory School inducted three individuals to the Model Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday, January 6, 2023. The Class of 2023 inductees are Heather Long Chadwick, Larry Roy, and John Stratman.
Among their athletic success, the Class of 2023 all agreed upon one thing—Model is who to thank for their accomplishments on and off the courts and in and out of the pool.
"Every student gets such a great education tailored to them," Heather Long Chadwick shared about Model Laboratory School, "The opportunities you get, the enrichment... it was incredible for me."
Heather Long Chadwick ('93) earned four 11th Region championships in tennis during her time at Model. She won her first regional title as a fifth-grader and her final one as a high schooler exemplifying her long-term dominance on the courts. After her Model career, she went on to play at West Point and then Eastern Kentucky University as team captain.
Chadwick thanked Model for more than a start to her athletic career, "Even when I went to West Point, I felt I was beyond what some students had received in their high schools; I had already experienced and been exposed to some things. That's what Model does for students."
Chadwick won 70% of her matches in her collegiate career and defended No. 1 status match after match. As a professional, she played in Germany and coached the 2017 United States Junior National Team.
"It's really a special place," inductee Larry Roy said of Model, "That's what makes this honor more special. My memories of Model and Richmond, I think about them every day."
Larry Roy ('80) was a four-year starter for legendary basketball Coach and Model Hall of Famer Shirley Kearns. Roy established his legacy at Model by holding the all-time leading scorer title for 31 years with 1,442 total points. He earned the title of team captain and led the team in field goal percentage for three straight years. Roy averaged a double-double in his junior and senior years with 22 points and 10 rebounds a game. He also was a member of the 1980 All-Region team and the 1979 and 1980 All-Bluegrass Conference teams and earned the Most Valuable Player titles in 1979 and 1980.
"In 1980, we drew Madison Central in the 44th District Tournament," Roy said as a moment he remembers above the rest, "We had a tremendous team... We were able to defeat Madison Central 82-77."
This upset was the last time Model defeated Madison Central in a district match-up, and Roy still remembers it vividly.
"It was quite a memory and one we will never forget," Roy added, "It was a great way to end my career."
John Stratman ('95) was a longtime swimmer for Model and racked up many titles and accolades throughout his high school, collegiate, and professional careers. He won three state titles in the 50-meter and 100-meter freestyles and finished his high school career as the US Junior National East Champion in the 50-meter freestyle. Above all, Stratman was named a four-time All-American from 1992-1995.
Stratman now coaches for the crosstown team, Madison Central. The lessons he learned from Model and Model Athletic Hall-of-Famer Coach Tim Cahill are what influence his coaching now.
He listed, "Do the right thing. Be disciplined in everything that you do. Make good choices. Be responsible, and hard work always pays off."
After high school, he swam for the University of Georgia earning three NCAA All-American awards and a third-place team finish in the NCAA Men's Division One Championship. Stratman moved on to his highest accolade when he represented the USA in the 2000 World Cup and won bronze in the 50-meter freestyle.
Stratman still holds many school records, and he hopes to see another Patriot achieve the same soon.
"Records are meant to be broken, and they will be," Stratman added, "I will congratulate that person when hopefully it happens here in the near future."
The Model Athletic Hall of Fame is how Model Laboratory School commemorates the accomplishments and significant contributions of student-athletes along with athletics faculty and staff members.
Watch the interviews and inductions here.