Suffern volleyball/basketball player Katie Conway was selected as this week’s Journal News Scholar-Athlete of the Week. Here is my colleague Debbie Schechter with the feature story:
This week’s Rockland Journal News-Scholar Athlete of the Week learned from her parents, Maureen and Sean, early on about the idea of being a well-rounded individual.
“It’s important when you’re in high school to be a part of a lot of different activities,” said Conway (pictured right, 21). “I thought it was something I wanted to do when I got into high school. I wanted to be involved in different sports, the orchestra, clubs. I think if you devote all your time to one thing, it’s not as good as spending your time doing a lot of things. It’s one thing I can say I’m proud of.”
So Conway is involved in a lot of things — three different honor societies, AP classes since ninth grade, two sports (volleyball/basketball), volleyball camps with the high school team, basketball camps and various community-service activities, and she plays the violin.
She has been playing the instrument since she was 10. Conway competed in solos in New York State School Music Association competitions for the last four years.
“I picked the violin because a lot of my family played the violin and the Irish fiddle,” Conway said. “I took a bunch of lessons, including the Irish fiddle with my aunt, but now I’ve been playing straight classical in the orchestra.”
Being a well-rounded individual comes with learning time-management skills. Walking that fine line is a balancing act for every student-athlete.
“It’s been hard,” Conway said. “Last year, there would be days when I’d have a basketball game, then right after would be a two-hour volleyball practice. I’d come home around 10 p.m. exhausted but have about five hours of homework. There are nights like those that are hard, but I’ve learned to stay really organized. Having so many things on my plate has helped me become more organized.”
Her organizational skills, as well as her 4.11 GPA, will carry her on to college. She’s looking at Princeton, Fordham, Northeastern, Boston College and Boston University. Conway said she would like to major in engineering.