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Julia Sheehan ’17 named the Howard County Fan’s Choice Athlete of the Year

In the fall, Julia will be attending San Diego St. University where she will continue her lacrosse career.  Having spent 10 years at GCS, Julia knows she is prepared for the challenges the lie ahead. “GCS has taught me to try my hardest in the classroom and on the field and to have fun while doing it. My physics teacher, Doc Tshimanga, once said something that really stuck with me and I think applies to this. He said, ‘Don’t spend your time looking back or looking at the future. Enjoy the moment. If you die the next second, you have already made it.’ “
 
Julia built impactful personal relationships with her teachers and classmates at GCS.  She knows how important those relationships are to being a successful student athlete. “I will miss the wonderful teachers who genuinely cared about me and my progress,” Julia said. “Having small classroom sizes allowed me to build these strong relationships with my teachers.  I took some classes that pushed me academically, and my teachers encouraged me every step of the way.”
 
Julia will be leaving a void both on and off the field. Those at GCS have felt the impact of her 10 years here.  Athletic Director Paul Weir said, “We are so proud of Julia and the successful legacy she was a part of at Glenelg Country School. Her leadership and energy will certainly be missed.”  
 
When asked what advice she would give to an incoming GCS freshman, Julia replied, “Make sure you always put forth your best effort and build strong relationships with your teachers. Make study groups and make sure you take advantage of your free periods to get your work done and/or see your teachers.  Be kind to everyone - it’s a small school!”
 
Great advice from an expert. 
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