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.
Brooklyn Mann Interview by Zoe D’Angelo Nomination & Photography by Sharie Thompson (STories Photography) Oregon
The Nomination: Brooklyn -Class of 2019 has been accepted into multiple direct entry nursing programs and has been awarded $96,000 in Academic Awards including the $88,000 President’s Scholarship. As of this writing she has two other offers similar to this one. She submitted her applications at age 16. Help me wish her the best!
Tell me about your Academic Awards.
For high school, I have been chosen as Student of the Month once per year and Student of the Year sophomore year. I am in National Honors Society and have maintained all A’s throughout high school. For college, I have been selected to receive the Presidents merit scholarships at the four colleges I’ve been accepted to as well as another merit scholarship for one of my schools.
What is included in the Presidents Scholarship?
It is a yearly amount of scholarship money that covers a large portion of my tuition. If I maintain a full-time class schedule and above average grades, the scholarship is renewed every year of undergraduate study.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about my education and my future. I care for and help others in as many ways as possible. I volunteer, tutor, and work at a daycare. I know that anyone can do what they set their hearts to, just like me.
How did you become interested in nursing?
I’ve always been drawn to caring for others. Since I was young, I have loved taking care of babies and playing with children. That helpfulness and care has followed me in life. Through volunteering in my local hospital’s NICU, shadowing nurses, tutoring younger students, and working at a daycare, I found myself determined to become a nurse and to help as many people as I can.
After high school, I plan to go to nursing school for my bachelors degree and then complete a masters nursing degree. After that, I will work as a neonatal nurse practitioner in a level four (highest level) neonatal intensive care unit.