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Charles Herbert Flowers High School softball star Mya Lowe was named the U.S. Army Impact Player of the Month for May.
Lowe, a senior, was nominated for the award by Charles H. Flowers head softball coach Molly Bender.
"Mya's dedication has been evident to her teammates, and, in my opinion, she has set a high standard and been a role model to our young ninth-grade and junior varsity players," Bender said. "Mya has made a major impact on the CHF softball community, and she will serve as a motivational force for years to come due to all of the hard work, time, effort and passion she has displayed."
Lowe is the award's first recipient from Prince George's County.
"It still feels kind of amazing," Lowe said. "Coach Bender surprised me at practice by telling me she had nominated me for the award, and that I had actually won. I felt a whole bunch of emotions, but mostly just shock. I know there were lots of other athletes from all across Maryland competing for it, so it's an amazing feeling to win. I still smile from ear to ear when I think about it."
Lowe is a four-year varsity player for the Jaguars. She's enjoyed a strong start to her 2018 season, which has mirrored her team's success. Charles H. Flowers opened its season with 12 straight wins, and during that 12-game span, Lowe was one of the team's most dangerous hitters. She batted .455 with 13 RBIs and three home runs through 12 games.
She's also dominated from the pitcher's circle. Lowe has a 2.50 ERA over her first 50.1 innings, while recording 91 strikeouts and giving up just 30 hits.
As impressive as her stats are, Lowe has been an even better leader.
"I have to stay positive while in the circle no matter what the situation is," Lowe said. "If I'm getting down, upset or angry, it affects everyone. Even if I'm having a bad game, as a pitcher and a leader on the team I have to contain my frustrations. It can be a hard job at times, but I do my best to be positive for everyone and to always have a good attitude."
Lowe credits part of her team-first attitude to being a member of her school's Fire Cadet Academy, which is a two-year program that teaches students about what firefighters do and the value of teamwork. To Corrie Gray, a lieutenant with Charles H. Flowers' Fire Cadet Academy, Lowe is a standout member of the program who ensures her peers do the best they can.
"Cadet Lowe shows true leadership both on and off the field," Gray said. "For example, I have witnessed her give words of encouragement to a classmate that struggled during physical fitness training. A leader understands the needs of the team and accepts that you will not always succeed the first time, but to never give up."
Lowe hopes to use those skills in the future, as well. She plans to play softball collegiately at Virginia Union, where she's accepted a scholarship, and then join the U.S. Army.
To Lowe, joining the Army would continue a proud family tradition. Her grandfather and father both served in the military and her older sister currently serves.
"When I was little, my grandfather and father told me their war stories, and I just loved it," Lowe said. "I love the family type of bonds they forged. I also love the legacy of it, and also that it'll be extremely challenging."
Lowe, who is a member of Charles H. Flowers' ROTC program, plans to continue her ROTC education in college. She hopes to be accepted to officer training school after college so she can begin her military career as an officer.
To those around her, there's no doubt that she'll accomplish her goals.
"Lowe is always ready to go and listens to direction, instructors barely need to repeat themselves when giving her an assignment," Gray said. "If I had to describe Lowe, I would say she is respectful, a leader, has a positive attitude and is a hard worker."