The Commentator’s very own Editor-in-Chief, senior Megan McDonald, has added another title to her collection: the Richmond Times Dispatch’s Scholar-Athlete for the month of September. Each month of the school year, the Richmond Times Dispatch selects one female and one male student in the Richmond metropolitan area who has demonstrated excellence both on the field and in the classroom. At the conclusion of the school year, Megan will join each month’s athlete in the running to receive a scholarship endowment that could range from $2,500 to $7,500. The Times Dispatch started this program in 1992 and has since partnered with the organization Sports Backers to award over $1,103,000 in scholarships to 536 high-school athletes.
There is no question that Megan deserves this recognition as she embodies the epithet of “excellent student-athlete”. At school, Megan is a committed learner, balancing several AP courses with leadership positions in various extracurricular activities, such as being an officer for the Rebelettes club and a captain for the field hockey team.
As for athletics, Megan started her field hockey career for Freeman as a defender but has since become a starting midfielder. Her field hockey coach, Cassandra Perez, credits a lot of Megan’s success to her consistent leadership and optimism. “Megan has such a bright and positive personality,” Coach Perez said, “She always knows what to say and when to say it and I think that makes her an excellent leader and captain.” Coach Perez also lauded Megan’s “wickedly amazing skills”, which she cited as her strong hits, hard shots, and controlled dribbling.
The natural leadership Megan has demonstrated both on and off the field is sure to serve her well in college and beyond. “Megan has always been an all-around person and player,” her coach said, “I can only see bright things in her future.”