By Mitch Silver
Let’s build a composite picture of an accomplished high school senior, one who, though it’s still winter, has already been accepted by the college of her choice, the University of Virginia.
First, she’ll need to excel in the classroom, taking Advanced Placement classes in a variety of subjects. Let’s give her World History, Language, Calculus A&B, Statistics, and Psychology. Then we’ll fill out the rest of her schedule with all Honors classes. Definitely National Honor Society material.
Next, she should be involved in after-school clubs. How about the Rye Youth Players and Rye High’s Be the Change Committee? We’ll make her Co-President of that one.
Did I hear community service? Don Bosco’s “Read Aloud” program, helping improve the literacy of Spanish-speaking children in Port Chester, is a worthy use of her time.
And there should be service beyond our own community. Here’s a good cause for our Rye High student: Rye Presbyterian Church partnered with lowernine.org for weeklong trips to New Orleans in the summer to rebuild and repair homes affected by Hurricane Katrina. Happy to say they’ve rehabbed 85 buildings in the Lower Ninth Ward so far.
So, top-notch academics, after-school participation, community service both near and far…leaving just enough time for homework and a few hours of sleep for our composite student, right?
Not in Caroline Baldwin’s case. Somehow, she’s found the time to become a three-time U.S. Squash All-American. Also, a three-time U.S. Squash Scholar-Athlete. All while going undefeated playing at number one this season and leading Rye’s charge into the final four in Division Two at Nationals.
She gives thanks to Girls’ Head Coach Tony Campbell and the coaching staff at Apawamis Club for helping her to become a top-ranked player among under-19s in the country. And she says, “I’m thrilled to be chosen as an Athlete of the Month by the Lions Club and our Athletic Department, considering how many good athletes we have in our school.”
Oh, and did we mention Caroline’s varsity careers in golf, tennis, and field hockey?
The Lions Club honor qualifies Caroline to join the other monthly winners in the race for Athlete of the Year, an honor that will be announced in June at the Club’s dinner at The Osborn.
Rye Lions Club Names Caroline Baldwin January’s Athlete of the Month