Rockland: John Ellard, III Earns Academic All-American Student Honor

From left: Rockland senior John Ellard, III and head coach Julie Margolis. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.

From left: Rockland senior John Ellard, III and head coach Julie Margolis. Photo credit: Lenny Rowe.


Rockland High School student has been honored as an Academic All-American in swimming.

John Ellard, III a senior captain on the swim team, is the first student in school history to be honored as an Academic All-American by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association of America.

“I’m not in it for the recognition, but it’s just another thing that adds fuel to the fire to keep pushing me to reach new heights,” said Ellard.  

Ellard has a 4.99 GPA on a 5-point scale. In between academics, Ellard is part of the National Honors Society, had a lead role in the fall play, and is part of the Student Government.

“He had all kinds of things going on, but he was still able to make practices and all the meets,” said head coach Julie Margolis. “He did a great job.”

Nationwide, about 2% of students are recognized as All-Americans. Ellard was nominated by Margolis.

“She’s just amazing, one of the most supportive women I’ve met. I’ve never really had a coach like her before,” said Ellard. “She’s not only interested how we do in the pool, but how we are as people and how we do in the classroom. It’s really awesome to have a person like that.”

Ellard said it was tough balancing everything, but said he had some great memories with the swim team this season.

“Just being around the team is great. We have some great personalities, some great bonding activities,” said Ellard. “My favorite memory is probably when our 400 free relay team against Randolph came down to the final race. We ended up beating them for our fourth victory of the season, it was awesome.”

Ellard also plays on the tennis team. He’s been on the swim team for two seasons.

“Having him be a captain to support me and support the kids – he did a phenomenal job,” said Margolis. “He was always there to help and congratulate all the kids, as well as other teams we were facing. He’s a wonderful young man and we’re very blessed to have him.”

Ellard wants to attend a four-year college, and plans to continue swimming and play tennis at a club level.

About Lenny Rowe

Lenny Rowe is one of the newest additions to the WATD News team. Lenny has won two Edward R. Murrow awards for breaking news coverage, and a Mass. Broadcasters Award in the sports feature category. He grew up in Pembroke and was an intern at WATD in 2012. A 2016 graduate from Suffolk University, Lenny now lives in Rockland. Outside of WATD, Lenny covers high school sports for The Boston Globe. Lenny can be reached at