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Birmingham, Mich., December 5, 2012 – The Roeper School is proud to announce that two seniors have signed National Letters of Intent to play college sports. Alexandra Blankenburg, daughter of Bob and Dee Blankenburg of Rochester, has signed with the Vanderbilt University swim team and Jack Murray, son of Stephen and Chi-Ying Murray of Beverly Hills, has signed with the University of North Carolina men’s tennis team.
Alex is currently coached by Jeff Cooper and swims with the Oakland Live Y'ers. This year she made finals at the USA Grand Prix in Indianapolis for both the 400 IM and the 200 Fly, a highlight of her career which included swimming against two-time Olympian Katie Hoff. In 2012 she was ranked 16th nationally for her age group in the 200m fly. Additional accomplishments include qualifying for the 2012 Olympic Trials in the 200m Fly, being named to the USA Swimming’s Scholastic All-America Team in both 2012 and 2011, qualifying for the NCSA Junior Nationals multiple times and winning the Michigan Swimming State Championship in both 200m Fly and the Mile.
Jack is coached by Armand Molino at the Sports Club of West Bloomfield, and currently ranked #1 in the Midwest and #26 in the nation by the United States Tennis Association (USTA). In 2012, he was the Midwest Indoor Closed Champion in singles while also being the USTA Regional Champion in singles and doubles. In 2011, Murray won the Midwest Closed Fall Championships and the USTA National Open in singles. That same year he was the doubles champion at the Wichita Falls ITF tournament. Jack has also been the recipient of many sportsmanship awards over his career, and recently received the 2012 Hoxie Award from the Southeast Michigan district of the USTA.
Founded in 1941, The Roeper School is a uniquely personalized, coeducational school for gifted and talented children in preschool through grade 12 from over 60 communities in southeast Michigan. With campuses in Bloomfield Hills and Birmingham, Michigan, Roeper was conceived on founding principles that recognize the power of education, choice and self-expression, and the transformative impact these principles have on young minds.
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