Mallory Lough Interview by Larissa Chelius Nomination & Photography by Sharon Holy Photography Ohio Issue 15
The nomination: Mallory brightens any room with her smile. She holds a 4.44 GPA, participates in many school organizations, and is a talented athlete. She’s been playing both school and Junior Olympic volleyball since she was nine. Mallory earned a scholarship to play college volleyball at UMass Boston where she will study nursing.
Playing on JO team since age 9: I’ve been playing with the same girls all my years. It’s been such a fun experience. I’ve been able to travel to cities I would’ve never gotten to go to at my age: Indianapolis, Columbus, Chicago, Baltimore, Minneapolis, Texas, Colorado, New Orleans, Las Vegas, and many more. I’ve loved getting to know all the girls, coaches, and directors and really have grown as a player and person. I have learned how to work together as a team and grown as a team leader.
The JO Volleyball team is very competitive. With high school volleyball teams, coaches do not pick their teams or players, it’s just whoever is a student at the school plays there and goes through a tryout process. Whereas with JO, it’s the best of the best players being recruited from many different area Clubs. Every Club is trying to put together the most talented team in the surrounding area. Everyone wants to play, be the best, and win. I am very competitive and love to excel in everything I do. I've been very fortunate to play for the top team throughout my JO years and we have qualified for Nationals each year to compete further with the top teams around the country.
I have gotten very good at time management with trying to do most of my homework in school or car rides or any free time I get to keep my GPA high. I just really work hard on my grades and value my academics a lot and really want to do well. I stay disciplined both on and off the court, and in the classroom.
UMASS was my top choice because I knew I wanted to major in Nursing in college, but a lot of universities do not support it, due to its difficulty, except UMass. I never wanted to go to college far away, but right when I met the girls and coaches and set foot on the campus, I just knew it was a great fit for me. When I found out about my scholarship to UMass, I was overly ecstatic. I do not think there are any words to describe the feeling of all your hard work, determination, and perseverance pay off. It’s just such a rewarding feeling.
I am interest in nursing because I am a very compassionate caring person, who wants to make sure everyone is always okay. When I was growing up, I loved playing babies and pretending to be a doctor. I dream and hope to become a pediatric nurse and share my love and compassion for children in the medical field.