By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/13/16
Upper Merion 2016 attack Haley O’Malley has been named the Pansini Law Group Scholar-Athlete of the Week.
The award recognizes senior and junior lacrosse players that excel in academics, service and athletics.
Haley O’Malley profile:
School: Upper Merion Area High School
Cumulative GPA- 3.94
AP Scholar with Honor
Top Scholar Honor- Top 10% (Grades 9, 10, 11)
National Spanish Exam Honorable Mention
Distinguished Honor Roll (Grades 9, 10, 11)
Student Council (grades 9-12)
Student Council Treasurer- Grade 12
Upper Merion Mini-Thon
DECA Business Club (grades 9-12)
Spanish Club (grade 12)
German Club (grades 11-12)
Spanish Language Honor Society (grades 10-12)
National Honor Society (grades 9-12)
Vacation Bible School Camp Counselor (Grades 9-11)
Youth Lacrosse Coach (Upper Merion Lacrosse Club)
Youth Soccer Coach (Upper Merion Soccer Club)
4 year Varsity lacrosse starter, Plays Attack
2013 SOL American Conference Honorable Mention
2015 SOL American Conference Third Tam
Team Captain 2016
Leads team this season with 43 goals, 19 assists
Career total thus far- 138 goals, 44 assists
Club team- PA Express Lacrosse, Grades 9, 10, 11
Youth Lacrosse Official- US Lacrosse; Grades 9-12
Other sports played- Varsity soccer (grades 9-12)
What will you major in at Ursinus and what are your future goals?
O’Malley: “At Ursinus College I plan to major in biology, and I hope to be able to attend medical school and eventually pursue a career in the medical field.”
On Academics, Service and Athletics:
How do you describe leadership?
O’Malley: “To me, leadership can be so many different things. Being a leader doesn’t necessarily mean being the loudest, or having the most skill at something. I think that to be a good leader in any context, you have to be willing to push yourself, and work to be the best that you can be. I personally think that some of the most effective leaders lead by example, and have the strongest work ethic, which inspires others to follow them. This is how I try to lead my teammates and peers.”
How do you balance lacrosse, school, and extracurriculars?
O’Malley: “Balancing school, lacrosse, and extracurriculars is all about setting priorities. For me, school comes first, but lacrosse has always been a very close second. I’m involved in so many things, but I know that taking everything day by day makes it all a lot easier to manage. I also do the things that I love, which makes all the work that I put into it worth it. Even though I may feel overwhelmed at times, taking everything one step at a time always helps me to manage balancing out my activities.”
Coaches may nominate players for the Pansini Law Group Scholar-Athlete award by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The e-mail should provide all information on academics, service and lacrosse and a photo must be provided or arranged. All weekly winners will receive a $50 gift card and be eligible for the end-of-year overall winners.
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