Monticello senior lacrosse captain Caroline Firer has been passionate about lacrosse since she learned how to play the sport.
"Once I got a stick and actually started using it, I fell in love with it almost instantly," she says. "I started practicing everyday and from then on I just kept at it, and I've loved it since."
But lacrosse is only one of her many passions. Firer works with the school newspaper at Monticello, writing feature stories and horoscopes, and helping with the business side by securing advertisements. She is also involved with the Monticello Mentor program and volunteers at Stone Robinson Elementary school once a week.
"I love to mentor, and I love to help other kids, whether they're younger or older, or the same age as me," Firer said. "I really like being that person everyone can come to if they have an issue."
"Her mentorship definitely shows," said Monticello girl's lacrosse coach Lisa Marshall. "The younger players always look to her on the field and off the field. In the preseason they were like 'Oh Caroline did this, and Caroline did this,' which was great. They definitely look to her as a role model."
With mentoring and lacrosse, Firer still makes time for homework and studying, maintaining a 4.093 grade-point-average.
"She is a student athlete," Marshall says. "If she's got work to do, she's going to be like 'Coach I may not be all there in practice because I've been doing homework all day, or I've got homework to do when I get home.' She's always putting a priority on school and then lacrosse."
"A great big motivator for me has been my grandparents," Firer says of how she makes time for all her passions. "I lost my grandpa last year and I recently lost my grandma. I was so close to them growing up and always being around them, they always told me 'Caroline you have to keep up with your studies, do what you love. You like lacrosse so make sure you keep up with that.'
"If they were here I feel like they would be proud of me, and I'm happy to make them proud."