Charlottesville High School senior Malloy Owen is much more than just a student and an athlete at CHS. He's also a cellist in the school's orchestra.
"We play an amazing repertoire, our conductor is amazing and brings the best out of us, and it's also a great community," he says.
In addition to his commitment to music, Owen is also a member of the National French Honors Society, and was chosen to attend the Virginia Governor's French Academy. He also placed first in each of the last two years in Virginia in the National French Contest and placed second nationally in his junior year.
"Being able to speak French opens a lot of doors," Owen says of his dedication to the language. "Also, it's fun. If I step back and think about what I'm doing, it's fun."
The senior is also managing editor of the school's newspaper. "I enjoy what I've learned from newspaper which has been a huge number of things; reporting, and also editing, and a certain element of leadership as well."
Owen has put that leadership to work in his athletic career at CHS. He is captain of the Black Knights cross country team, indoor track team, and outdoor track team.
"Malloy is a dream to coach," says CHS track and field coach John Cherry. "In a coach's career, you hope that you get one or two kids like Malloy, and at Charlottesville we're lucky that we have him right now."
In cross country, Owen has qualified for the Regional meet twice and is a 2012 member of the All-Central Virginia Team.
"There's often a pretty direct correspondence between how hard you work and the results you get," he says of running cross country. "I also like the harder you work, the better you feel as well."
"He's a very cerebral runner," adds Cherry. "He thinks about everything. He can take all the coaching tips that myself and the other coaches give him in cross country and track and put them to work when he's running on the track."
The longer Owen has been at CHS, the more committed he's become to school, athletics, and his many activities. As a result, he has had to make some sacrifices in his senior year.
"This year I've been maybe sleeping a little bit less and doing, you know having less free time," Owen said. "But I think it's worth it, because these things are so worthwhile. It would be hard to give any of them up."