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Hillcrest Athletes Receive Academic All State Honors

Dec 07, 2015 08:59AM ● Published by Bryan Scott

By Ron Bevan

Midvale - The rosters are in for the Academic All State Athletes throughout the fall sports season, and four Hillcrest girls were among the recipients.

The Huskies had three athletes from the soccer team earn honors and one from the tennis team.

Senior Caroline Young was honored for her work on the tennis courts and in the classrooms. She is a four-year member of the Hillcrest tennis team. She has been a doubles player all four years, earning a spot on the varsity team by her sophomore season.

“I have been able to play with the same partner (Jackie Lopez) all four years and we qualified for the state tournament three times,” Young said.

A dual sport athlete, Young also competes on the swimming team.

“I am lucky because both of the sports I am involved in now are lifetime sports and I will be able to easily participate in them at a recreational level for the rest of my life,” Young said. 

Despite the pressure of practices and matches, Young has managed to maintain a perfect 4.0 grade point average throughout high school. She is also an International Baccalaureate Diploma candidate.

“Tennis and swimming takes up a majority of my time,” Young said. “However, I am also secretary of the Hillcrest National Honor Society and I volunteer at the Fisher House at the Salt Lake VA Medical Center. A lot of (maintaining a 4.0 GPA) for me comes down to time management and enjoying what I do. I wouldn’t be able to put so much effort into sports and academics if I didn’t genuinely enjoy it. I have also been supported over the past four years by amazing teachers, coaches and  teammates.”

Young has not selected a university yet to continue her education, but has applied to several both in and out of state.

“I am interested in history, math and psychology and hope to find a degree that combines these areas,” Young said.

Representing the soccer team are Nicole Erika Jessen, Sabrina Rowland and Emily Kristine Sorge. All three averaged a perfect 4.0 GPA despite playing and practicing soccer year round with the high school team and competition club teams.

Rowland played the outside wing on the Husky soccer team this season, but has also played defense and midfield in the past as a four-year member of the team.

“I have always played wherever the coaches needed me and where I could help the team the most,” Rowland said.

Rowland is also a member of the Utah Soccer Alliance competition soccer club when not wearing the green and white of Hillcrest. 

“There is a lot of practice and play time after school,” Rowland said. “You just have to find the time to do your studying. You can’t procrastinate as much as other teenagers seem to do. And you have to spend some late nights. It is just a matter of making sure you know your schedule, what is due and the timing it takes to do it.”

The daughter of Ashley and Tania Rowland of Sandy, Rowland is choosing between Utah State and University of  Utah for furthering her education.

“I like the sciences, so I am looking at engineering or something else that involves science,” Rowland said.

Sorge has also been on the soccer team for the past four seasons and played as a center midfielder. She has the same time constraints as Rowland as she is a member of the Olympic Montreaux competition soccer club during the high school off season.

“I manage my time to make sure I can get everything done for classes,” Sorge said. “I don’t hang out like other teenagers when I know I have homework to do.”

Sorge, daughter of Larry and Laura Sorge of Sandy, is looking at three schools throughout Utah to continue her studies. She plans on going into dentistry as a dental hygienist. 

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