Senior football player and Spartan grappler Leo Bonifacio and senior Lady Spartan cheer and dance team member Macey Norris put pen to paper to continue their academic and athletic careers at the collegiate level. Webb School of Knoxville hosted celebration ceremonies for both student-athletes, May 10.
All-State defensive lineman and wrestling standout Leo Bonifacio has committed to play rugby for the University of Tennessee, Knoxville Volunteers. Bonifacio is a three-year starter for the Spartan football team. A senior co-captain for this year’s squad, he is both a Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) and Tennessee Football Coaches Association (TnFCA) All-State player selection. In addition, Bonifacio was named All-Region and co-defensive player of the year in the Division II-AA East Region his junior season.
On the wrestling mat, Bonifacio earned his spot at the Division II Individual State Wrestling Championships both his sophomore and senior seasons, and was presented with Webb’s Spartan Award in 2022 for leadership, character and achievement in a varsity sport. More recently, Bonifacio was named the recipient of Webb School’s Chance-Struder Award, given to a senior boy who has made a unique contribution to the life of the school through his sensitivity, insight, enthusiasm, and dedication.
A member of Webb’s varsity cheerleading and dance teams throughout her high school career and a senior co-captain for both squads, Macey Norris has committed and is receiving a partial scholarship to carry on her dance/cheer team career with the University of Memphis Pom Squad. She is a Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) All-American and a seven-time Universal Dance Association (UDA) All-American, as well as serving as a member of the UDA camp staff. A longtime student at the Oak Ridge Academy of Dance (ORAD), where she also teaches dancing and tumbling classes, Norris competed on ORAD’s Oak Ridge Dance Team Training Association’s (ORDTTA) six-time hip-hop national championship team and ORDTTA’s pom national championship squad.
A Webb student ambassador and member of the Upper School’s National Spanish Honor Society, Norris received the varsity cheer team’s Sideline Award as well as the varsity dance team’s Spartan Award for leadership, character and achievement in a varsity sport.
According to Macey’s mother, Susie Norris, a University of Memphis Pom Squad alumna and Webb head varsity cheer and dance team coach, Macey is the first-ever second-generation dancer for the Pom Squad, which has won 14 national titles. “To say I’m proud of Macey is an understatement,” says Coach Norris. “Not just proud of her for making the team, but also for putting in the work and making all the sacrifices required to get there.”