Name: Tim Patwell
School: Suffern High School
Athletic accomplishments: As of Thursday, Patwell had two goals and a team-leading 22 assists as a defensive forward. According to coach Rob Schelling, Patwell’s the ultimate team player who does everything a coach can ask for and more. He’s the captain of the hockey team and was the MVP of the West Genesee tournament earlier in the season. Patwell hopes to continue playing hockey in college and he is a member of the lacrosse team.
Academic accomplishments: Patwell has a 4.1125 GPA. He’s undecided about where he’s going to college next year. He’s an AP Scholar with Distinction and is on the high honor roll.
School and community involvement: Patwell volunteers at the Village Recreation Department. He’s a member of the Strategic Planning committee for district planning.
Getting to know Tim Patwell
The Journal News: As the Mounties get ready for Friday’s semifinal against North Rockland, what are your thoughts on how the team has grown through the season?
Tim Patwell: We’ve progressed a lot as a team throughout the year. We’ve dealt with a lot of adversity and we’ve matured as a team both on and off the ice. As a captain, I like to continually be the leader on and off the ice regardless of what that means for the team. It’s been a successful season so far but we have a long way to go. Hopefully, we can continue on and move further along in the playoffs.
TJN: When did you start playing hockey?
TP: I was 4 years old and I fell in love with it. Anyone who plays will tell you it’s the best sport. It’s always been my passion. The tradition of Suffern hockey really cemented that for me. It’s been such a great experience for my high school career. I played a lot of sports as a kid. I still play lacrosse but hockey stood out as my favorite.
TJN: In what way has high school sports defined who you are?
TP: Most people who know me, know me and recognize me from sports. My school is my number-one priority, but every day there’s practice from the beginning of November to the beginning of June for me with no breaks. So for me, it’s helped with time management. It’s helped me tremendously to mature as a student and an athlete. Sports have helped guide my high school experience.
TJN: With your current GPA, isn’t it also reasonable to say people are recognizing you for your brain too?
TP: Academics are very important. I try to do the best I can in both aspects. I don’t get too much free time but that’s OK. My fun comes from my sports. I love being at practice or games and love the competitive energy. When I come home, I know I have to get my homework done, stay ahead of my schoolwork in case there comes a time that I have extra time to focus on athletics knowing that I am caught up with my homework and making sure I’m never behind.
TJN: Where are you looking to go to school next year?
TP: My top choices are Notre Dame, Lehigh, Bucknell, Tufts and Northwestern.
TJN: Do you know what you want to study?
TP: I’ve always been good with math and science. That’s guided me towards engineering. My school courses have helped me lean towards chemical engineering. That obviously may be subject to change once I get to college but all the schools I looked at were with the intention of majoring in engineering.
TJN: Were you always good at problem solving?
TP: I really like dealing with problems and figuring out how to get myself through them and work my way through them. It’s the best way to discover through trial and error learning from one way what doesn’t work. It’s why I like math and science.
TJN: What’s your favorite community service work you’ve done?
TP: I work in the Village Recreation Department. I help coordinate events to bring the community together and something fun for the community to enjoy.
TJN: What makes that your favorite?
TP: My dad (Kevin) worked in the recreation department since I was a little kid. He used to bring me with him to help and be an extra set of hands. I’ve continued to stick with that. Now that I’m older, I get the chance to really help in planning the different events to help out in the community.
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.