Katie Whelley

Q&A --

Friends, field hockey

September 27, 2006|By KATHERINE DUNN

Friends senior Katie Whelley received the school's prestigious C. Markland Kelly Award for leadership within the Quakers' sports program last season, despite missing field hockey season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament. A B-plus student who also plays lacrosse, she's considering a career in medical research and wants to play field hockey in college. She had a summer internship at Johns Hopkins hospital working in the hematology cancer research lab.

Which is your favorite sport and why?

I love field hockey. I actually think I like it so much because of the team that we have at Friends. I don't even know how it works out every year, but our team is so close. ... We really have kind of a family on the team.

You won the C. Markland Kelly Award for leadership last year. How did you do that with missing so much of the sports seasons?

Even though I was injured, I went to every practice and every game. Mr. Garman [athletic director Jon Garman] always called me "Coach Whelley," because I was literally just standing on the sideline with a clipboard coaching the team and helping [coach Judy Turnbaugh] out.

Mr. Garman said an underclassman rarely wins that award. What did that mean to you to win as a junior?

I really have a strong drive, and in lacrosse season, it was tough. I had a lot of problems with swelling and other things that I wasn't used to. I got a lot slower, but I think I showed how much I wanted to be part of the team and how much I wanted to show everyone I'm back and can take a leading role again and help other people.

What's the career you're interested in?

I'm really into the whole biochemistry aspect of science. I like being able to go into pharmaceuticals or medicine. I like the whole research aspect of science.

You and your friend Ali Pappas founded a new club at school last year called Global Voices. What's that all about?

It's part of a bigger global organization called Women for Women International and we have "sisters" in the Congo and Rwanda. We send a lot of relief money and we write back and forth to try to help these women restore their lives, because it's pretty gruesome, the rapes and a lot of other stuff that's going on post-civil war and during civil war. It's really personal, which we like a lot about it ... to be in contact and let the entire school know there's a face to an issue that was pretty much ignored for a really long time.

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