Athlete of the Month: Jenn Shim

Athlete of the Month: Jenn Shim

Guransh Singh

Senior Jenn Shim (center) anchors field hockey’s midfield. As the leading goal scorer, she has carried the Lady Bulldogs to eight wins.

By Zoe Forster, Sports Editor

She is the leading goal scorer on the field hockey team with nine goals and four assists. With this impressive start, senior Jenn Shim is sure to lead the team to another Regional Final.

In eighth grade, Jenn reluctantly joined a field hockey team and has loved the sport ever since.

“I started playing hockey on a team because my dad played ice hockey,” Jenn said. “My mom wouldn’t let me play ice hockey, so I started playing field hockey.”

After having only a year’s worth of experience, Jenn was the only freshman selected to be on the varsity field hockey team.

According to coach Cay Miller, it was clear early on that, despite her inexperience, Jenn had the natural talent to become one of the best players in the county if she continued with the sport.

“Her freshman year, you could definitely tell she was the baby on the field playing with the upperclassman,” Kwang Shim, Jenn’s dad, said. “She was scared of making mistakes, so she would become frantic every time she did make one.”

Since making varsity as a freshman, Jenn has improved significantly, establishing herself as one of the key players on the team. Aside from her crafty skills and speed, Jenn has an extremely disciplined work ethic and is always striving to pursue her goals on and off the field.

“Jenn has a drive that few players I’ve ever worked with have,” Miller said. “She takes every drill like it’s a playoff game. “It’s her determination, focus and hard work that has made her one of the best players in the county.”

Jenn’s focus and determination is also recognized by her teammates.

According to Miller, she has the ability to create an intense atmosphere without putting pressure on her teammates.

According to Jenn, she tries to be a role model to the younger girls on the team by working hard and staying focused at practice.

“I motivate the other girls by telling them to be confident with their skills because there is a reason they were chosen to be on this team,” Jenn said.

According to Miller, Jenn is a caring person who is always willing to help her teammates improve.

“Field hockey has taught me how to be a team player and a leader,” Shim said. “I will always carry that with me.”