Camilo "Bruno" Merizalde '77 arrived at Tabor Academy his freshman year from Bogotá, Colombia. Immediately, he was a standout athlete, hardworking student, leader, but most of all, a gentleman. Camilo excelled in the classroom and transferred his mental and physical greatness onto the soccer and lacrosse fields. His outstanding athletic ability and sportsmanship made Camilo a natural leader to his peers. His senior year, Camilo was elected captain of both the soccer and lacrosse teams. Beyond the playing field, it was even more impressive what Camilo was able to achieve on the wrestling mat. He had never before wrestled, but still was a natural athlete. His senior year, Camilo tried out for the wrestling team and had an unbelievable season, winning many matches and became the New England Prep School Wrestling Champion in his 152 lb. weight class.
Camilo took pride in his leadership off the fields, as captain of the Captains' Club and a Proctor in Lillard Hall South, where he taught younger students common courtesies, proper dress, strong study habits and dedication to a diligent work ethic.
Tragically, Camilo passed away from a degenerative heart condition before age 21. He was a remarkable person and student-athlete whose life ended too soon. He is forever remembered by his teammates, friends and family for the amazing person he was on and off the playing field.
Nothing is Fair - Camilo Merizalde
Awards & Achievements:
- 1976 James D. Gowing Award for Soccer
- 1977 George R. Little Award for Lacrosse
- 1977 New England Prep School Wrestling Champion