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PressBox, GBMC Honor Kenwood's James Clark

May 31, 2016
PressBox and GBMC have teamed up to honor one high school student-athlete each month who demonstrates sportsmanship, school spirit, hard work and dedication. 

The latest honoree is Kenwood football and lacrosse player James Clark.

To nominate a student-athlete for consideration, click here.    

Clark, a senior, was nominated by Bluebirds head lacrosse coach Tom Hanlin, who praised the defenseman for keeping the team motivated during games and practices with his leadership skills. 

"He helps lead the team," Hanlin said. "On the practice field, if we're having a tough day, he steps up and motivates the team and drives them and gets them ready to go." 

Clark has spent the last two seasons competing under the direction of Hanlin, providing Kenwood with a strong defensive presence on the back end. This season, Clark helped the Bluebirds hold opposing teams to single-digit goal totals during nine of the team's 13 games en route to Kenwood's 8-5 finish.  

"Yeah, I definitely appreciate of all this," Clark said. "… I started playing lacrosse three years ago, and I just fell in love with it ever since then. I just strive my hardest and do my best out there, so that we could succeed as a greater team." 

In the classroom, Clark has also succeeded. He has managed to maintain a 3.66 GPA while balancing his time between playing two varsity sports and working a part-time job at Seasons Pizza in Owings Mills, Md. 

Clark said being a part of the school's Sports Science Academy, a magnet program that prepares students for sports-related careers, has provided him with many benefits.  

"The sports science program, it's always something that I've wanted to do, and I don't regret my decision at all [to come to Kenwood]," Clark said. "Ms. [Jennifer] Cox and all the other facilitators for the sports science program have really helped me out a lot. And I just enjoy what we do and the whole program."

In the fall, Clark will attend Neumann University in Aston, Pa., where he plans to continue his lacrosse career at the Division III level and study athletic training. 

His goal after his lacrosse career is to become a sports medicine doctor. 

"That's exactly what I want to do," Clark said. "And, yeah, it should be fun -- I'm just looking forward to it.   

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