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Female Scholar-Athlete: Unionville’s Donovan seeks to write a winning script for Indians and her own future

Wednesday, 15th April 2009

Categories Girl's/Women's, High School  

By Bridget Letukas, Posted 4/15/09

Just a few years ago, pop singer Natasha Bedingfield sang of an unscripted future in her hit song, “Unwritten.”

“Today is where your book begins,” she belted over airwaves. “The rest is still unwritten.”

Today, Unionville senior Amy Donovan may well be singing the same tune about herself, her season, and her upcoming tenure at Princeton University next fall.

Described  as “the anchor of the defense,” Donovan is an avid reader and fan of history who is keeping the page wide open when it comes to her own future – starting with her immediate one.

This week, the Distinguished Honor roll student with a 4.3 GPA is eager for her team to rewrite the outcome of one of last year’s toughest losses against Downingtown West (a 14-9 win yesterday).  Another “big game” according to Donovan is her squad’s match-up with Downingtown East (tomorrow at home) as well.

Donovan describes her team as wanting a happy ending: “We’re hungry for a championship.”

The Longstreth Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week believes her team has all the right elements.

“We’re definitely a well-rounded team,” she says of the Indian, who are 8-1 and ranked fifth in the PA Lacrosse Media Rankings for all schools.  “We’re determined to show what we’ve got.”

When it comes to Donovan’s own story so far, she’s got quite a lot.

In addition to being a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish Honor Society, she volunteers at the Kennett Senior Center, at Mary D. Lang with underprivileged children, at Even Start and as a volunteer tutor at school. As captain of the Unionville field hockey team this year, she earned first-team Ches-Mont honors as well as being honored as Academic All-American.

In an interesting twist to an already engaging chapter of her life, Donovan was also a two-year member of the boys’ varsity ice hockey team.

Next fall, the lacrosse captain who is helping her team maintain a fifth-seed ranking in the state, will head to play field hockey as a Princeton University Tiger.

“I wanted to go to a really good academic school as well as athletics,” she said.  In addition, Donovan also cites a “family connection” to the university, where both her parents attended and her sister Kaitlyn is a member of the varsity field hockey squad.

While Donovan is clear where she is headed, however, she is keeping a blank slate for now when is comes to choosing the field of study.

One thing is certain, however.  Donovan is intent on taking the lessons learned on the lacrosse field into her career as a scholar-athlete.

“The determination you learn in lacrosse can help you in all aspects of life,” she said. “You can always improve.”

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