The first honoree of the 2015-16 school year is Sydney Parker of Dulaney High School in Timonium, Md.
"Sydney was the immediate name that came to mind" upon hearing of the award," Fialcowitz said. "Sydney is just not a glory player. She comes out, does what's asked of her, works her butt off, goes home and does the same thing the next day. A lot of her classmates get a lot of recognition, but she doesn't need that. She does this because she loves it."
No matter the task, Parker is enthusiastic and eager to help her team in any way she can. Relishing her role as a team leader, Parker is the Lions' go-to player for any planning or organization that needs to be done and is one of her squad's most motivating voices.
"Normally, she's very even, but right before a game, she'll get really pumped up," Fialcowitz said. "And I think that energizes people, because they're not used to seeing that side of her. She's just an amazing young lady. If my daughter turned out like her, I'd be very happy."
Fialcowitz also said Parker's greatest leadership quality is her poise.
"Most high school girls don't have poise," Fialcowitz said. "She's the full package, though. She has her stuff together. She presents herself well. She speaks well; I can't say enough great things about her."
In addition to being a standout field hockey player, Parker also excels in the classroom, as she boasts a 3.4 GPA.
Parker received the award during a brief pregame ceremony Sept. 29.
"It's a huge honor to be recognized by PressBox and GBMC," Parker said. "When I heard my coach nominated me, I was really flattered. It's an honor to just come out here and play the sport. We have a great athletic department. I love my coaches, and I love my teammates, and it's going to be a great season."
Despite winning an individual award, Parker insisted her focus remains on the team. She said it's a mentality shared among all her teammates.
"You know, it's about putting your team before yourself, and I really think that, as a whole, the Dulaney program is very spirited in that respect," Parker said. "Our team is very close on and off the field. We always have each other's backs. We love team sleepovers, and we always have team dinners. Those things are what I think really creates the foundations for great play on the field."
In addition to presenter and PressBox publisher Stan "The Fan" Charles, GBMC marketing communications manager Jennifer Jardell was also present to honor Parker with the award.
"We're very proud to be partnering again with PressBox," Jardell said. "GBMC has now been serving the greater Baltimore community for 50 years, and this is just a great way for us to further get into our community and show support for talented athletes like Sydney."
Issue 214: October 2015
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