Name: Olivia Munnelly
Sport: Girls soccer
Athletic accomplishments: A team captain this season, Munnelly recently finished a four-year career playing for Nyack’s varsity girls soccer team. She was named both All-League and All-Section for the second straight year, was a Journal News/lohud.com All-Rockland second-team honoree, and was also an All-League honorable mention her freshman and sophomore years. She has also been a member of World Class FC’s ECNL teams from the under-14 to under-18 levels. Next year she will attend Hamilton College, where she will continue her soccer career.
Academic accomplishments: Munnelly has a weighted GPA of 97.65. She made the High Honor Roll her freshman, sophomore and junior years, is a member of the National Honor Society, the English, Spanish, History and Art Honor societies, and has taken seven AP classes during her sophomore, junior and senior years.
School and community involvement: Secretary for the National Honor Society and Student Body Treasurer.
Getting to know Olivia Munnelly
The Journal News: How do you feel your senior season went overall?
Olivia Munnelly: I think our season went really well this year. We had new coaches, which was a bit of a transition for us, but overall, everybody really came together and we worked really hard.
TJN: Any moments from this year that stand out?
OM: I think definitely our senior game, where we played against Tappan Zee and were able to win. The last time we beat Tappan Zee was during my freshman year. Everyone was really excited about it, all the underclassmen worked hard preparing for the game. Everyone worked hard and well together.
TJN: You’ve played varsity for four years. Looking back, how has it been representing your school?
OM: I’ve really loved playing for Nyack. I really love playing for the coaches that we’ve had and with my teammates. I’ve become really good friends with a lot of the girls and it’s been a great experience.
TJN: You also play for World Class FC and have traveled all over the country to play in tournaments. What has been your favorite locale so far?
OM: I think my favorite showcase we went to was in San Diego last spring. It was a lot of fun, it was a very beautiful place to play. The weather was great and everyone had a really good time on that trip, and we played very well.
TJN: You opted to take almost all honors and AP courses. Why did you challenge yourself that way?
OM: School has always been important to me, and it’s been important for me to challenge myself to perform the best that I can. They were also in subjects that interested me.
TJN: Balancing school and soccer, do things ever get hectic for you?
OM: They definitely have. It can be hard to balance the two, but because I’ve played on a travel team for so long, it’s become easier for me to balance my academics with sports.
TJN: What was the recruiting process like?
OM: The recruiting process was exciting for me. When I first started out, I really thought I wanted to play at a Division I school, but I wound up deciding to look more at Division III schools because I would have more opportunity to try out other things in college instead of being solely dedicated to soccer.
TJN: Why Hamilton College?
OM: It’s a liberal arts school, so there is a lot of variety and a lot of different opportunities for me to look into different subjects. The school is very beautiful, and I really like the coach and the team. It was the kind of school I could see myself at and I felt I could really enjoy studying there as well as playing there.
The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete of the Week program honors students for their academic, athletic and community achievements. Each week a winner is selected from nominees submitted by athletic directors. Only seniors can be nominated, and the award can be won only once. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Monday. The presenting sponsor for The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete program is Gary Goldberg Financial Services.