Caroline Patterson is an honor roll student in the classroom and a versatile field hockey player on the field for the Monticello Mustangs, but she says her success in school and sports hasn't come easy.
"I like field hockey because I run and field hockey is moving," says Patterson. "It's hard, it's not easy. You have to stay low. If you're not low you don't get the ball, and if you don't get the ball then you have to chase it. You have to move, and I like that it's fast."
Just like the challenge of field hockey, Patterson says she's also worked through challenges in school.
"It's a lot of hard work for me, it doesn't come easy. It requires times in early, time after school, time with teachers. I can't just wing a test and do well. I actually have to study."
Her high GPA may have not come without hard work, but Patterson's coach Katie Martin says Patterson's natural intelligence does show when she's out on the field.
"She's a very very intellectual player," Martin said. She watches and she sees her opportunities and she knows kind of how the field works, and you can see it in her play."
Martin describes Patterson as one of the hardest working players she's coached, and in three years as her coach Martin has seen that work ethic grow.
"She's found some drive," Martin said. "Well, she had it to begin with, but she's definitely become a lot more focused and determined. When she sets her mind to something you can tell that it's going to get done."
"I work hard in the classroom and then I equally have to come out here and work hard because I don't just pick up my stick and I'm not just good," adds Patterson. "You have to come out here, you have to work, you have to pick it up a few times. And it's kind of the same thing in the classroom. If I don't stay after, if I don't come in early or ask questions then I wouldn't have the grades that I have, and likewise on the field hockey field."
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