Take Note

A Service of Lessons and Carols

Thurs., Nov. 30, 7:00 p.m., Ligon Chapel; free and open to the public

Matt Gatewood 2017

Matt Gatewood photo

Matt Gatewood 2017

The Huntingdon Hawks  Baseball Team earned the USA South Athletic Conference Championship title last spring, and contributing on the mound was Ambassador Matt Gatewood  ’17—a man of few words, big smiles, and great focus. Ask him for three words describing Huntingdon, and he only gives an efficient two, with a convenient rearrangement for meaning: “Everyone Knows Everyone.”  Put him behind a baseball and that hawk-eye will stare down every batter who faces him. Truly, his focus is on more than just a game. He’s planning for medical school after graduation, although he’d also love to pitch for a living. His idol is Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard, about whom he says, “He gets to pitch for a living, can throw 100 mph, and his nickname is Thor. Dude’s a stud.” Matt says his favorite thing about Huntingdon is the classroom setting that allows student interaction beyond the traditional faculty-led lecture, and his favorite professor is Dr. Erastus C. Dudley, professor of biology and dean of the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, “He is hilarious and he gets the class involved.” Matt’s a biochemistry major who hails from Trussville, Alabama, home of the Hewitt-Trussville Huskies, Class 6A, for whom he lettered in baseball and helped lead them to the state championship game. He’s a strong student—Academic All-Conference, Dean’s List of High Honors—with a heart bigger than Alabama. Just don’t ask him to talk too much. That’s okay, though. Actions speak louder than words.