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Greco, Pavlick grateful scholarship recipients at Baldwin

| Wednesday, July 24, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

Two local teens were the proud recipients of a scholarship given to senior class members at Baldwin High School who exhibit school spirit and are model student-athletes.

A.J. Greco and Stephanie Pavlick received a $2,500 scholarship from the Baldwin-Whitehall Schools Athletic Booster Association in April.

“I was pretty surprised when I received the award,” Greco said. “I'm very thankful and appreciative for receiving the scholarship.”

Pavlick added: “It was nice to get the recognition for all my hard work. I was very excited all my friends and family were there for me.”

The two recipients will put the scholarships to good use, as they will pursue their academic dreams on the collegiate level.

Greco, a four-year letterman in the Baldwin boys' basketball program who averaged 15.5 ppg during his senior season, turned down opportunities to play hoops at the NCAA Division III level to attend Duquesne University.

Greco, who will not continue his basketball career, plans to attend the A.J. Palumbo School of Business.

He has not decided on a specific concentration just yet.

“When I went there to visit the campus, I just fell in love with it,” he said. “I love the campus and love the location. Also, I know it's a very good school to attend.”

Basketball wasn't Greco's only extracurricular activity at Baldwin. He also was highly involved in the National Honors Society, Math League and the Purple Pit, the school's spirit club.

As a Purple Pit member, Greco tried to help fill buses with students to all of the Fighting Highlanders' away football games, and to cheer on his fellow student-athletes on the gridiron.

However, Greco regrets not getting more involved at Baldwin until his senior year.

“I would tell those younger than me to be involved at school every year,” he said. “I didn't get really involved until my senior year.”

Greco said he will forever cherish the friendships and relationships he developed in high school, especially those he molded by playing on the Baldwin boys' basketball team.

Pavlick, a defensive specialist on the Baldwin girls' lacrosse team, plans to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall to study electrical engineering.

She became interested in electrical engineering after taking a physics class at Duquesne University, and because she loves courses like physics and calculus.

“It's a really good place. I went there for a weekend for all those who were admitted to MIT,” Pavlick said. “I like the city of Boston a lot. Everyone was very friendly, and I liked how the students liked to have fun yet manage to study a lot.”

Off the field, Pavlick was involved in the National Honors Society, Literary Guild and German Club, while also playing the tuba in the school's marching band and the viola in the orchestra.

“I would make sure I would go to my clubs after school and get to lacrosse practice as soon as I could, even though I would be late sometimes,” she said. “I would try to do my homework whenever I had free time between all my activities.

“I tried to participate in as much as I could. I was an officer in some of my clubs, so I was able to schedule when we could always meet.”

Pavlick learned through her experiences at Baldwin that you can try to do anything you want, especially as it involves the college process and applying to a variety of schools.

Pavlick has one piece of advice to younger Baldwin High School students.

“People should do what they enjoy, and not what they think they need to do, for things like college,” she said.

“Don't waste your time with things you don't enjoy.”

Andrew John is a freelance writer.

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