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  • Severna Park field hockey players (l-r) Emme Sayers, Bella Blumenberg, Hunter Chadwick, Celia Krohn, Ashley Giard, Alex Miller and Hailey Blachley were among 13 of the program’s athletes who were named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association High School National Academic Squad for maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher.
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    Severna Park field hockey players (l-r) Emme Sayers, Bella Blumenberg, Hunter Chadwick, Celia Krohn, Ashley Giard, Alex Miller and Hailey Blachley were among 13 of the program’s athletes who were named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association High School National Academic Squad for maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

Severna Park Field Hockey Excels On And Off The Field

March 9, 2018

By Anna Grace Keller, Voice student intern

Thirteen members of the Severna Park field hockey team have made the National Field Hockey Coaches Association High School National Academic Squad. This association recognizes juniors and seniors who have received a minimum unweighted cumulative GPA of 3.5 during the fall field hockey season. The Severna Park players who made the National Academic Squad are Hailey Blachly, Bella Blumenberg, Megan Brannen, Kate Bray, Hunter Chadwick, Ashley Giard, Olivia Hubbart, Celia Krohn, Alex Miller, Abby Miller, Madison Nutter, Emme Sayers and Mallary Sellars.

Of that group, Sayers, Chadwick, Krohn, Giard, Blachley, Brannen, Bray, Abby Miller and Nutter were all scholars of distinction who earned a GPA of at least 3.9.

As a team, Severna Park field hockey maintained the highest combined GPA of all Severna Park High School sports in 2017. Historically the field hockey team has achieved this distinction or finished second in GPA on an annual basis.

The Falcons were dominant on the field as well in 2017, going 14-1 and winning county and regional championships.

The longstanding academic track record of Severna Park field hockey as a whole showcases the organization’s desire to help athletes grow and learn in the classroom and on the field.

 “Our field hockey organization has really built the foundation for us as not only athletes, but also people and students,” said Blumenberg. “We have really great mentors, too. Our coaches definitely helped us achieve all of our goals, in or outside the classroom. They built our character as athletes, students, and young women.”

The coaching staff is flexible when it comes to school work.

“Our coaches always stress academics first,” said Sellars. “They allow us to come late to practice when it comes to staying after school and academic reasons. I’d also say we’re all dedicated to our academics on our own, so that definitely helps too.”

In addition to support from coaches, the Falcons also have each other. With a “sister” program, varsity and junior varsity players are paired together and grow close throughout the season.

“By having such a strong bond between our teams, we have become a tight family and have been there for each other inside and out of the classroom,” said Chadwick. “I was honored to be an ‘older sister’ and friend to tutor and give [underclassmen] advice on classes to take.”

 


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