By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 6/8/22
Upper Darby 2022 defender Julianna Huynh 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.
Julianna Huynh Profile:
High School: Upper Darby
Grad Year: 2022
College choice: Attending Thomas Jefferson University, majoring in the Accelerated (3+2) Physician Assistant program.
Academic Honors: 98.97 GPA, ranking 4th in her senior class out of 922 students; AP student; Recipient of the Cirilli Community Service award, awarded to a high school student in the Delaware County who has excelled in athletics, placed in the upper third of his or her class and is active in community service; Named Pennsylvania Area Schoolgirls Lacrosse Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
Extracurriculars within the Upper Darby Community: President of the National English Honor Society, Treasurer of the National Honors Society, Student Government, Member of the National Spanish Society. Participated in encores, choir, wind ensemble and orchestra. Part of the youth equity stewardship and participated in Volleyball.
Community Service: Volunteers over the summer to participate in the Brad Schoener MusicMan Butterfly Buddy Camp, a camp to help children with disabilities foster meaningful friendships through the love of the arts; Helped raise money the past three years for Special Olympics through the Polar Plunge and April Showers events.
Athletic Honors: Key member of the varsity lacrosse team for 3 season, amassing 48 groundballs, 22 forced turnovers, 2 assists and 2 groundballs; Named to the 2021 PASLA All-Academic Team; Honored at the Delaware County Athletics Hall of Fame banquet for excellence in academics and athletics.
How do you define leadership: “Leadership to me isn’t necessarily the person who takes the mantle to be in charge. Leadership is an embodied trait where an individual takes the time out of their day to not only better themselves, but to also help better others. It is about encouraging and uplifting your fellow friends, classmates, or teammates for the greater good of the whole.”
How do you balance academics, service, and athletics? “The key to balancing academics, service, and athletics to me is that they all have a special place in my life. I couldn’t imagine giving up one meaningful aspect of my life for another, so I view them all equally. To be honest, it does become overwhelming at times, but I have loved every minute of it. From the satisfaction of a good test score, to the smiles from my camper at the Butterfly Buddy Camp, to celebrating my first goal, every memory I’ve made has been worth it.”
What are your future goals? ”Academically and in terms of my career, I hope to become a physician assistant with a specialty in pediatrics. Especially after working with my buddy at the MusicMan Butterfly Buddy Camp, it was one of the most worthwhile experiences I have ever had. Aside from academics, I hope to continue to give back to the community that has always had my back growing up, while also continuing my love of music and lacrosse!”
High school coaches from the 5-county area, Delaware, South Jersey, the Lehigh Valley and Central PA may nominate a player (junior or senior) for the Pansini Law Group Scholar-Athlete of the Week by e-mailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org