By Ryan Kaczmarski
Magnificat High School senior and Fairview Park resident Shannon Walton has committed to further her academic and athletic careers at Capital University.
Walton will be a member of the school’s inaugural women’s lacrosse team for the 2013-2014 school year.
“The idea of playing on Capital University’s first-ever lacrosse team is so exciting,” she said. “It’s definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and i’m so glad to be part of it.
“(Head coach Stacey Wood) is one of the most down-to-earth people I’ve met,” she continued. “She made me feel so welcome the moment I met her on campus. I also really value her coaching methods. She believes a team needs to be a family because the closer the friendships of the teammates, the better the team will play. Her coaching methods along with her enthusiasm were factors in my final decision.”
Walton said that she and Wood had an immediate connection, but her other influences came from home.
“Coach Wood influenced me because of how much she made me feel a part of the school community before I even made my decision,” she said. “My family was an influence because they supported me throughout my college decision making, listening and giving advice along the way.”
The two other colleges Walton was considering were John Carroll University and the University of Dayton.
“John Carroll was supposed to start a lacrosse team but they did not find a coach in time for the season,” she explained. ”I loved Dayton as well, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized that Capital University would become my new home.”
The four years at Magnificat High School has have a major impact on Walton’s life, both in and out of the classroom.
“Magnificat has taught me more than what I can learn in a classroom,” she said. “I’ve learned life lessons, both on the field and off, that could not be taught with words. I have had so many great experiences that I would not have had if I did not attend Magnificat, and I’m grateful for that.
“During my time at Magnificat, I ran cross country for three years along with lacrosse for four years. I played CYO basketball and also organized an indoor coed soccer team throughout my high school years. Tutoring at Our Lady of Mount Caramel was a very rewarding experience. And last but not least, I have volunteered at Youth Challenge for three years and have developed irreplaceable friendships with the other volunteers as well as the participants.”
Walton has not yet declared a major, and will start her freshman year as undecided.
“As of now, I would like to work with handicapped, sick or special-needs children,” she said. “Capital University has many related careers from which to choose, and I am confident I will be successful in finding a career suitable for me.”