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She's been all that and Morey
South Kitsap goalkeeper Monique Morey only is eight months away from a ceremony millions of Americans reach every year.
But unlike many, it will not mark the conclusion but the beginning of yet another educational threshold.
Thats because Morey, who holds a 3.98 grade-point average, plans to become either a veterinarian or a pediatrician and acknowledges that I have lots of school left.
Ive just always been so fascinated with the human body or any type of body, like the animal, she said. Its just so amazing how it works and how we came to be. I just want to help people.
Perhaps thats why she was the obvious vote for natural helper on the homecoming court. Maybe its why after a week of soccer practices and matches, shes holding a clipboard every Friday night on the South sideline to keep statistics for the football team because her older sister, Megan, who also played soccer, did it. Shes the fourth of five children.
Shes a major contributor to everything shes in, said South coach Scott Sodorff, who also teaches social studies at the high school. I havent had her in class unfortunately. Shes involved with everything she does.
That side of her -- the natural helper -- also relates to her decisions. It seems a given that Morey would take French given her first name. That assumption is wrong -- and for a reason.
I plan to go to Mexico to help out down there, she said. The living conditions arent great down there.
Morey has no idea when that journey will occur. She still is in the process of selecting a college with her recruiter and helping the Wolves return to state, which they missed last year for the first time since 2000. That also means replacing CJ Balstad, the teams standout goalkeeper last season who now plays at Central Washington University.
Its a lot to live up to, but hopefully Im doing all right so far, she said.
Sodorff said he likes what hes seen so far as the Wolves have shutout six opponents and havent allowed more than two goals in a match.
She kind of had the misfortune of being a year behind CJ and had to wait her turn, but she stepped in and has done very well, he said.
The coach also likes his pupils competitiveness. He said she suffered a concussion when her head collided with the goalpost on a save in Tuesdays 1-0 loss against Stadium, but she wanted to return five minutes later. Sodorff held her out and Morey also sat out of Thursdays match against Central Kitsap for precautionary reasons.
She doesnt mind the responsibility, shell step up and wont shy away from it, Sodorff said.
Even though she didnt start last season, Morey was elected as a captain by her teammates along with Kylie Balstad and Sarah Milne.
Shes a great, tenacious athlete, Sodorff said. Shes very loud on the field and I mean that in the best way possible. Were strong defensively because of her help.
Morey hopes to be a collegiate goalkeeper and refines her skill during the winter by playing in a select league. In between sports and activities, she finds time for homework. Her lowest grades, an A- in both chemistry and English, came last spring.
I had like a 92.5 (percent) in both, she said. I was frustrated with both. I worked hard in both.
I dont get very much sleep, but I do what I can. Ill eat when I can and study all the time. Whenever I have free time Ill try and study to get ahead.
After all, the busy schedule only figures to become more intense in the future.