Student athletes are some of the busiest young people you’ll ever meet. They constantly juggle activities at home, school, practice, and actual games, meets, matches or races, depending on the sport. It’s not easy, yet OLMA freshman, Sydney Prescott, sure makes it look that way.
Sydney joined OLMA from St. Mary’s School in Williamstown where she excelled both in the classroom and on the basketball court. When it came time to select a high school, Sydney knew where she wanted to be, but wasn’t sure if it was possible. “I’ve had my heart set on OLMA since the sixth grade when representatives came to my grade school,” she said. “Other schools recruited me for basketball, but I really knew it would be a tuition-free public school, or OLMA.” Fortunately, Sydney caught the eye of the Black Catholic Ministry who awarded her a scholarship.
Mary Beth Peabody, Director of Communications and Marketing for the Diocese of Camden, recently attended an event hosted by the Black Catholic Ministry and had the opportunity to hear Sydney speak. “She ended her remarks by thanking the audience for their support and making it possible for her to go to the school of her dreams,” said Peabody. “Her presentation was poised and confident. She seemed genuine in her love of OLMA and showed such gratitude for the scholarship opportunity.”
Anyone who knows Sydney can confirm that she is happy at OLMA. When asked about whether the real thing measured up to her expectations, Sydney says, “Yes, it’s great. I was just thinking the other day about all of the friends I’ve made since coming here. I can’t imagine my freshmen year without them.” Chances are pretty good that they feel the same way.
That’s certainly the case when it comes to her OLMA Basketball teammates and coaches. Sydney had an outstanding year on the basketball court, scoring up to 27 points a game, and earning a spot on the Cape Atlantic League’s First Team.
Scholastically, Sydney did equally well and says that her two favorite classes are Theology and Biology. “Ms. Cop is one of the smartest people I know, so I sit up front and try to soak up every word that comes out of her mouth,” said Sydney. She also loves ending most days in Mr. Coyle’s classroom. “Theology is relaxing and calm and I love the way Mr. Coyle teaches,” she said. “Plus, he always has some sort of food for us to snack on.” Spoken like a true, always-hungry, athlete.
In addition to playing basketball for OLMA, Sydney plays for a club team and trains in the weight room at least twice a week in addition to almost daily practices. She’s also serving as manager for OLMA’s Track & Field Team. She’s looking forward to mini-mesters in June. She’ll be back with Mr. Coyle learning all about culinary arts.
As for the future, Sydney has her sights set on attending NYU where she plans to study Journalism with the hope of becoming a sports broadcaster. If anyone can do it, Sydney, you can. We are thrilled that you’re here and part of the Class of 2021.