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Baldwin lacrosse's Pavlick lands well-deserved Outstanding Young Citizen honor

| Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Stephanie Pavlick occasionally missed a Baldwin girls' lacrosse practice this year, but it certainly wasn't for a lack of trying.

That's because the Baldwin senior is so immersed in student life at her high school that her academic schedule sometimes conflicted with lacrosse practices.

Rich Deemer, head coach of the Baldwin girls' lacrosse program, has been impressed by Pavlick's ability to juggle all of her extracurricular activities while still managing to play a vital role on the team — in her first full season as a part of the varsity squad.

“She does it without any problems,” Deemer said. “It's very rare that she'll miss a practice. She seems to be very well-rounded and have great time management.”

Pavlick, who started every game on defense for the Lady Highlanders this year, helped lead a relatively young squad to a 5-8 record prior to its regular-season finale — just on the fringe of advancing to the WPIAL Division II playoffs.

“I think her maturity (is important),” Deemer said. “She doesn't play rushed, and she also was a quick learner.

“She caught on to the system that we were trying to do and did it well.”

Pavlick acknowledged she saw her own play improve on the field this season, and also strived to help make her teammates better as this year's squad features plenty of underclassmen.

“Whenever we're practicing and I know they could be doing something better, I'll try and give them tips on it,” said Pavlick last week. “I just try and talk to them if they're frustrated with how they're doing and I'll tell them they can improve.

“At the beginning of the season it was pretty rough, but I think throughout the season we've gotten better. The past couple games we've been playing a lot better.”

Pavlick stays busy off the field too, participating in a myriad of clubs including the Literary Guild, National Honors Society and German Club, while playing the tuba in the marching band and the viola in the orchestra.

From the time school ends at 2:30 p.m., Pavlick often has obligations to those organizations. That led to a lot of running around prior to practice for the Gold Medal recipient in the Trib Total Media Outstanding Young Citizen program.

“Usually they're pretty hectic some days after school,” Pavlick said. “I won't have a club meeting every day, but there have been a few times where I (had) to get to practice late because I have National Honors Society or German Club.”

Carrying a weighted grade point average over 4.0, Pavlick plans to attend Massachussetts Institute of Technology and will study electrical engineering.

“I have no doubt she'll be successful whatever she decides to do,” Deemer said. “She's just that type of person, where if she wants something she puts her mind to it and is usually successful.”

Alex Oltmanns is a freelance writer.

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