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Scholar-athlete of the month: Douglas Freeman's Megan McDonald

Scholar-athlete of the month: Douglas Freeman's Megan McDonald

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Megan McDonald

Megan McDonald (in white) of Douglas Freeman.

Age: 17

GPA: 4.5

Athletic accomplishments: A defensive midfielder on the field hockey team, Megan scored four goals, added four assists and recorded 18 defensive saves in the month of September. She was named second-team All-Metro last year. She was named Freeman's defensive player of the year each of the past two seasons. 

Academic accomplishments: Megan is a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and Mu Alpha Theta. She's an officer for the Rebelettes, and she's ranked 18th in her class of 396 students. 

Douglas Freeman field hockey player Megan McDonald

Douglas Freeman field hockey player Megan McDonald

Favorite class: “Journalism,” with Mr. Pruett.

Future major: She's considering biology.

Three words to describe her: “Easy-going, driven, fun.”

Dream job: “Veterinarian.”

First job she wanted as a kid: “When I was in preschool I wanted to be a zookeeper.”

Favorite book: “The Glass Castle.” Jennet wells.

Working to improve: “I could work on my time management and maybe my patience.”

Best sports memory: “When we beat Atlee, who was the second seed at the time. That was really exciting because the team came together. It was a really good moment for all of us. We performed a lot better than we thought we could."

On her playlist: “I listen a lot of different music. Most country -- Brad Paisley, Carrie Underwood, Chris Janson."

Most embarrassing music on her playlist: “Old Taylor Swift.”

Person alive she admires the most: “My parents. They’re really caring people.”

Favorite thing about field hockey: “It’s kind of a random sport and not very popular. I like that it’s different and unique. I find game strategy really interesting. I like that it’s a little unpopular so it’s quirky. It’s a tight-knit community because of how small it is.”

Favorite emoji: “The one where the eyes are all crazy, and it’s a smile, and the tongue is sticking out.”

If she could go on any show: “Probably The Bachelor. It would be really fun to go to those tropical islands.”

If she could travel anywhere in the world: “Greece.”

Best advice she’s received: “My mom always tells me 'What’s meant to be will be.' "

If she could have dinner with anyone dead or alive: “Carrie Underwood.”

If she could be any animal: “Probably a dolphin.”

Her house is burning down and she can take only one thing with her: “A photo album.”

Scholar-athletes of the month are nominated by their coach or athletics director and are chosen by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Richmond Sports Backers. For more information on the program, visit


Eric Kolenich writes about higher education, sports, coronavirus and protests for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. He joined the newspaper in 2009 after graduating from the University of Virginia with a degree in English. (804) 649-6109

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