When The Governor’s Academy girls ice hockey coach Babe Ceglarski emailed Alex Carpenter to personally invite her to visit the campus, Carpenter was excited. Even as a seventh grader, she recognized the invitation as a life-changing opportunity.
“I visited and fell in love with the place,” Carpenter says. “The hockey program didn’t have that many players so it was a great way to get a lot of ice time while also getting an exceptional education.”
Carpenter was just 13 when she arrived on campus.
“Usually ninth graders don’t just come in, join a team, and makes waves instantly, but I think my classmates and I made a difference immediately,” she says. “That instilled courage in me because it shows that no matter what your age is, you can make an impact on anything.”
That impact included becoming New England Division 2 Champions for four years running, starting with Carpenter’s first season.
“I am definitely most proud of the first championship that we won my ninth grade year,” she says. “I don’t think we were really on the map at all as a hockey team and for us to be able to be that successful and win New England’s was a very special moment for us.”
After leaving The Governor’s Academy, Carpenter went on to play ice hockey for Boston College, Team USA, and the NWHL. She currently plays for the Shenzhen Kunlun Red Star Vanke Rays, a Canadian Women’s Hockey League team based out of Shenzhen, China.
Carpenter credits her experience at Govs with preparing her for college, and everything beyond. When considering the focus areas of the With True Courage campaign, she finds The Governor’s Fund to be the most meaningful, because of how it directly affected her own time in Byfield.
“Support from The Governor’s Fund helped me have the best and latest equipment on and off the ice,” Carpenter says. “Having team uniforms was just as important as having the latest technology in the classroom. It is something that I have contributed to before, and look forward to contributing to in the future.”