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Wissahickon’s Bracaglia looks ahead to success through the past

Wednesday, 22nd April 2009

Categories Features, Girl's/Women's, High School  

By Bridget Letukas, Posted 4/22/09

When Wissahickon senior Anne Bracaglia looks into the future, she sees the past.

While the diverse Bracaglia may be undecided when it comes to her college choice, she is sure of one thing: she will be studying history.

“It’s the most interesting to me,” said Bracaglia , who is considering Johns Hopkins, Lehigh, Boston College, William & Mary, and Kenyon College

Bracaglia’s own history is quite impressive.

The Trojan senior midfielder is not only the captain of her lacrosse team, but she is both a reliable goal producer and a steady defender who has managed to maintain a perfect 4.0 GPA since her freshman year.

Bracaglia also has played varsity basketball and field hockey while participating in both the National and French Honors Societies, tutoring, and working as a volunteer teaching lacrosse to fifth- and sixth-graders. She also spends time as a lifeguard and has played both golf and the saxophone.

For juggling all these activities, Bracaglia has been named the Longstreth Female Scholar-Athlete of the Week.

While varsity sports are not in her future, Bracaglia is enthused about the prospect of reviving her musical talent while enjoying a recreational athletic career as a club team member next year.

Bracaglia’s parents, who she describes as her role models, are pleased she is weighing all options as she approaches the end of her high school career.

“They’ve always had my back,” said Bracaglia. “They always talk to me and guide me, and are really involved. Whatever I choose, they want me to enjoy.”

In the immediate future, Bracaglia is hopeful the Trojans can win the Suburban One American Conference championship and qualify for the District 1 playoffs. Wissahickon, 6-2 overall, was suffered two heartbreaking, one-goal losses to Pennridge and Upper Dublin. Now, the team’s goals have changed.

“We’re making sure no other teams are undefeated,” she says of the revised team plan.  “We want to do well in playoffs.  We want to get the most we can out of a good group.”

Regardless of what the rest of the season brings, when it becomes history, Bracaglia will take with her the lessons learned on the field.

“Just the element of working with other people, it puts you ahead in terms of maturity and managing your time,” she said.

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