Whiz Kid: Kelsey O’Brien, age 16
About Kelsey: Kelsey is currently a junior at Massapequa High School and is a prominent member of the Field Hockey team in the fall season and the Lacrosse team in the spring season.
In the fall, Kelsey was selected as a member of the New York State Field Hockey team, along with being a selected member for the Long Island and Conference teams after setting a new school record in goals as the Chiefs’ captain. As a member of the team thus far, Massapequa has won two Nassau County championships.
In Lacrosse, Kelsey was an All-Conference player in 2010 after leading the team in goals and is currently competing in her third season on the Varsity squad. She has played a large role in helping the Chiefs reach three County title games.
Aside from sports, Kelsey enjoys hobbies such as swimming, playing the flute, listening to Taylor Swift music and watching shows like Glee, Bones and NCIS.
Key to Awesomeness: Kelsey has her ideals in place, namely family, school and sports. Her success in sports is clear, but the junior is also one of the top-ranked students in her class, holding a 4.72 GPA out of a total of 4.75. She is a member of the Principals Honor Role and has won Scholar Athlete awards in the past.
Kelsey is an active volunteer in youth Field Hockey and Lacrosse clinics and is also a member of the SADD program to help children recognize proper safety and dangers of alcohol. She is a peer mentor at MHS to help incoming freshmen with adjusting to a new environment as well.
Kelsey has decided to attend the United States Naval Academy, where she will focus on either Engineering or Medicine while also playing Lacrosse for the school. Upon graduation, Kelsey will plan to enlist in the United States Naval Force for at least a time period of five years.
Each week, Massapequa Patch will seek suggestions from readers for individual kids, youth groups, teens, and even sports teams that wow us with their accomplishments. This is open for every grade level at every school in the community. Send us your nominations.