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Athlete Of the Issue, May 2023

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Senior Meghan Healy has been selected as the Athlete of the Issue. Healy is a two-sport athlete and is a member of Justice High School’s varsity girls basket­ball and soft­ball teams, although soft­ball is her main sport. Healy has always been a hard work­ing and dedi­cated athlete. Healy is the captain of varsity soft­ball, and a partic­i­pant in varsity girls basketball.

Healy started play­ing recre­ational soft­ball at 6 years old and switched to travel ball in the 8th grade. We asked Healy what made her decide to stick with soft­ball and she said “My mom signed me up for it when I was young and I just kind of stuck with it. It wasn’t some­thing I was natu­rally good at and I really liked having to work extra hard and be chal­lenged by the sport.”

Some­thing else that made Healy stick with soft­ball was her inspi­ra­tion, Odicci Alexan­der, she describes how she inspired her as “I was self taught at the time she led JMU to a regional game and it was amaz­ing to see how far some­one could go with­out years of expen­sive training.”

Even though soft­ball was some­thing Healy decided to just “stick with” she still loved the sport, she described how she felt about soft­ball as “Every­thing about it makes me love it, the speed of the game, the inten­sity level, work­ing together as a team.”

Chloe Kowal­czyk, A team­mate of Healy’s, described her as “Some­one who will never fail to make you laugh.” and “Some­one who is highly compet­i­tive in a sports setting and truly the most driven person I’ve ever met.” Chloe says that, “Even though she has played with girls so insanely skilled she holds every­one to an equal stan­dard. Healy is also sweet and kind as a person.” Others on the soft­ball team describe her as a leader and some­one who is fun to be around. 

Another team­mate of Healy’s, Brid­get Barron, expressed that “Meghan was a really consis­tent leader. She takes the time to check on every­one, and she is always 100% commit­ted to what­ever she is doing. As a senior she was a great exam­ple in a lot of big games this year and brought people together.”.

Healy had received a few D3 offers, as stated by a team­mate, but ulti­mately decided to not take them up to focus on her stud­ies at James Madi­son Univer­sity in the fall, where she will be major­ing in Biol­ogy. Healy has stated she might try out for a club team at JMU and hopes she will make it, and she will hope­fully meet others who enjoy soft­ball in her new found community.

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Isra Yousif, Business Manager
Isra Yousif is a junior in her second year of writing for The Verdict. She enjoys reading, writing, and listening to music. Isra is typically described as chill and funny Her favorite story she has written in the past is "Sports in Ramadan," a short article about the struggle and reward Muslim students get from fasting while participating in spring sports. Isra is also the social media coordinator, for a second year, and is the Vice President and one of four founders of the Journalism club. Some fun facts about Isra are: Her favorite music artists are Brent Faiyaz and SZA & her favorite book is "The Summer I turned pretty" by Jenny Han.

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