Lauren Gleason, Annapolis, lacrosse

Q&A --

May 23, 2007|By PAT O'MALLEY | PAT O'MALLEY,Sun Reporter

Annapolis senior Lauren Gleason has been a three-sport athlete -- lacrosse, cross country and indoor track -- for four years. She is ranked third in her senior class of 362 with a weighted 4.57 grade point average in the International Baccalaureate, and scored 2,170 on her SAT. Captain of the cross country and indoor track teams the past two years and a starting defender in lacrosse, Gleason is also president of the National Honor Society, co-chair of Annapolis Habitat for Humanity, a Maryland Distinguished Scholar semifinalist and a U.S. Lacrosse Association Academic All-American. She was born in New York but grew up in Annapolis.

Where do you think you get your ambition from?

I get my ambition from my family, my parents and older brother. I enjoy doing so many things and like to be busy. It keeps me organized. I definitely find time to relax with my friends, and we do a lot of outdoor stuff in the summer, like swimming and going out on a boat.

How are you able to juggle sports with playing saxophone in the band and silk squad?

I started playing sax in the fifth grade and enjoy it. I practiced cross country six days a week after school. We would practice until about 5:30, then I would go home and have a quick dinner on Wednesdays and then go to band practice from 6:30 until 9. The band played on Friday nights at football games and I was finished with cross country by nighttime.

Is lacrosse one of the activities you enjoy the most?

Definitely. I love lacrosse and love my team. We didn't win every single game, but we never had a losing season. We always had a winning record and spent a lot of time together in the summer at camps. I want to play in college.

Where are you going to college?

I'm going to Amherst, and the women's lacrosse coach recruited me to play. I chose Amherst over Georgetown because it is a smaller school with an outdoor feeling, and the lacrosse team and coaches are wonderful. I feel like I can get a very good education there.

Have you set any goals for college and the future?

I want to become bilingual and also speak Spanish fluently. I've taken Spanish and want to continue and hope while I am in college to go over to Spain and learn all I can. And I will probably explore political science and history.

Who do you look up to?

My parents [James Gleason and Cynthia Butler] and my brother [Brendan, a Columbia graduate] because of the wonderful example they set for me. We all get involved and my parents have always encouraged me and never put pressure on me.

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