Name: Amanda Flayhan
School: John Jay
Sport: Girls lacrosse
Athletic accomplishment: As of May 14, Flayhan has 67 goals and 32 assists with 57 draws. In the final game of the regular season, Flayhan had three goals and three assists against Horace Greeley. She was a member of the Journal News Elite 11. She was named an Under Armour All-American last year. She’s captain of the lacrosse and volleyball teams. Flayhan is the only player in John Jay history to lead two different teams to sectional, regional, and berths in the state final four. She was awarded the Section 1 Julie Feldman Scholarship award.
Academic accomplishment: She has a 87.42 GPA. She has an 1920 SAT score. She’s taking Pre-calculus, College Prep English, Environmental Physics, AP Macroeconomics. She will be attending the University of Michigan. In the community, she’s mentored kids at the volleyball and lacrosse clinics. She’s a Peer Leader. She’s helped out with the John Jay Boosters Club. Flayhan was selected by KLDS to participate in the KLS schools exit/opinion interview.
Getting to know
The Journal News: As you prepare for the sectionals, how are you and the team getting ready for your first game of the postseason?
Amanda Flayhan: We had a scrimmage the other day against Suffern. It’s always great playing one of the best teams and seeing where you are against them. Playing a team like Suffern did that exactly and, even though we lost by one, it raised all of our confidence on the team. If we could stick with Suffern, we could stick with anyone in the section.
TJN: Why do you like playing the midfield?
AF: You definitely control the pace of the game. You can tell the attack when to thread the needle and when to start getting plays set up. It’s nice being involved in every single play.
TJN: Can you put into words how you felt about the volleyball team reaching the state final four?
AF: It was a fairy tale ending. I’ve been playing volleyball since I was in second grade. I was on a club team called Downstate Black for about five or six years and it was the cherry on top of all of my hard work towards volleyball. The team was incredible.
TJN: Will you continue playing lacrosse next year at University of Michigan?
AF: I will
TJN: Was it more enticing to play for a team like Michigan that’s unknown then a team that’s a national powerhouse?
AF: I think it would be cool to transform the team from a new program that’s kind of under the radar and no one knows to a team in a couple of years that’s nationally ranked.
TJN: What’s the coolest thing you’ve done within the community?
AF: It was mentoring kids in lacrosse and as a result of that, a mom emailed me for a picture and I didn’t know why. She later sent me her daughter’s Christmas list and on it was an Amanda Flayhan poster so that was the coolest thing I’ve ever seen. To know that I made that much of an impact on a little girl’s life that she asked for me on her Christmas list was an insane feeling.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.