Clark earns All-America Award for academic excellence

Posted: Tuesday, May 04, 2010

In the pool, Lindsay Clark is one of the best Juneau-Douglas has to offer. But in the classroom she's an All-American.

The senior swimmer and trackster was recently recognized for her contributions and accomplishments in school as she was awarded the NISCA All-America Academic Award. The requirements for the award include a minimum GPA of 3.750 on a 4.0 scale, and the recipient must be a graduating senior and a varsity athlete in a high school sports program during senior year.

Clark said she began swimming as a safety concern, and at that point she was even afraid of the water.

"I started swimming because my mom thought of it as a safety thing in case I was on a boat somewhere," she said. "I always did backstroke because I never wanted to put my head in the water. I was scared of not being able to breathe.

Clark laughed about her fear of the water as a child now that she looks back. Swimming became her passion.

"I've been swimming since I was six, so that's my main sport," she said. "But I decided to do track for cross training going into college."

In the fall, Clark will attend Willamette University in Salem, Ore., where she hopes to use her great musical ability to pursue music as a minor.

"I play violin and they (Willamette) have a great music program," she said. "I've been playing violin since third grade and playing piano since I was six, but I'm better at violin."

Clark, who has already received music scholarships, said she got a taste of what it's like to play professionally when she got a chance to play with the Seattle Symphony last year.

"I got exposed to what it's like to be in that profession, and it was a really cool experience," she said. "It was amazing. I've never heard that kind of sound being produced."

Clark, who has already received musical scholarships, said she hopes to major in health sciences to further her career opportunities.

"I like the human body and knowing how I work," she said. "It's one of my best subjects and I'm very interested in it."

But Clark still has the rest of her senior year at Juneau-Douglas, a place where she has built great memories.

"My favorite memory was going to state my freshman and sophomore year," she said. "That's when the girls won, so that was really cool."

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