Tulane Tucks nominates Everest Shapiro for the 2021 Callahan Award. Everest began playing ultimate as a freshman during Tulane’s suspension year in 2016-17. Mirroring the program, Everest used the suspension as motivation, improving each year to become one of the best defensive players in the Southeast Region. As a freshman and sophomore, Everest was a defensive presence, but an offensive liability, and as a newer player, had a tenuous grasp of what a foul was. But over the course of his junior and senior seasons, Everest grew into a dynamic offensive threat as well as the anchor of the Tucks D-line, willing and able to take on any match-up and provide disruptive poaches at the same time. The team goofball, Everest is also a lovable and spirited presence on the field. While he’s a menace when the disc is live, Everest is always happy to calmly discuss a call or make a joke with anyone in earshot during a stoppage. Tulane will miss his explosive offensive plays and golden-retriever-like nose for the disc on defense next season, but mostly the program will miss his silly sense of humor and infectious love for the game. Behind Everest’s leadership, Tucks won the Gulf Coast Section for the first time in team history. The following month, Everest led the team in blocks as Tucks’ D-line converted 22 breaks in five games at regionals to earn the first Nationals bid in Tulane history.