Name: Baley Parrott
School: Suffern High School
Sport: Girls lacrosse
Athletic accomplishments: Two goals, four assists and four draw controls against Milton, Georgia; two-time All American, three-time All Section, four-time All League, two-time girls lacrosse captain, girls basketball team member.
Academic accomplishments: 3.73 GPA, attending Ohio State, three years of Syracuse history courses, three honors classes, two University II classes, three AP and Cambridge courses, Spanish Honor society member.
School and community involvement: Volunteers at youth clinics for basketball and lacrosse, soup kitchen through a local church, and toy drive through Suffern Community Center.
Getting to know
The Journal News: What do you love about lacrosse?
Baley Parrott: I love the team aspect. I’ve been playing with these girls since the fifth grade. They’re my best friends. I love being a part of team and being a part of something bigger than yourself.
TJN: How did you learn to be a team player?
BP: Over the years, I think I’ve learned to accept my role wherever I am. I think there’s a satisfactory feeling about being successful at something and have a bunch of people around you. That’s what I like the best.
TJN: Is that why you didn’t give up basketball once you got accepted to Ohio State?
BP: People told me I can do so much more with lacrosse, but I knew I would look back with regret if I didn’t play. I love all my teammates. I play the sport because I love the people around me.
TJN: Why Ohio State?
BP: My dad (Jeff) went there so, I know all the traditions. I’ve been going to games since I was a little kid. I have family out there and I thought it would be a great opportunity to be around my family for four years.
TJN: Did you want to play at the next level?
BP: I never really knew what I was capable of. I was pulled up to varsity as an eighth-grader and I thought I might play D-3 or club if I’m even good enough for that. When Ohio State contacted me in ninth grade I realized I might be able to. After more visits, that’s when I wanted to play more.
TJN: Why volunteer to help out at the basketball and lacrosse clinics?
BP: It’s fun to teach these kids something and then when they do it right they get so excited. I think it’s one of the greatest joys of teaching. It’s a really satisfying feeling to know you’re the one to bring it to them.
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.