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- January 12, 2024
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JOSEPH D. WASILEWSKI FEMALE SCHOLAR ATHLETE
Jennifer Bolick joins big sister Heather Bolick (2012) as the only sisters ever to be named the Joseph Wasilewski Female Scholar Athlete at Mount Carmel Area High School. Although it is always very difficult for younger siblings to find their way when older brothers or sisters have excelled, Jennifer found her niche and has done exceptionally well. Jen has been an outstanding soccer player for coach Rich Miller, lettering all four years and serving as the captain in the 2014 season. After four seasons of playing at the forward position, Jen was asked to move back to defender to help the team. That unselfishness and her continued high level of play propelled Jen to the News-Item, Player of the Year for the 2014-15 season. She was part of the team as a freshman that qualified for state play, the first time ever at MCA.
She has also been an integral part of the resurgence of MCA girls basketball, winning three consecutive District IV Championships during her 9, 10, and 11th grade years. MCA girls have also won 4 consecutive Heartland Division II Championships and one overall Conference Championship in 2014. The 2015 team placed third in District IV competition. While she has been a part of the team, the girls have won 98 games, while only losing 16.
During the spring, Jen has been a very important cog for MCA track, running both the 800 and 400 meter runs and both relays. She has medaled as part of the 4 x 400 meter relay at Districts in both her sophomore and junior seasons. She, along with Ali Varano, Marissa Kleman, and Lauren Hause established a new school record of 9:39.81 in earning a 4th place medal at the PIAA State Championship meet in 2014 in the 4 x 800 meter relay. She was named to the Heartland Conference, Press Enterprise, and News-Item all area teams.
Jen became one of only a handful of female athletes to earn 4 varsity letters in a season as she also lettered in cross country this year when not playing soccer. She was named the Ed Romance Chapter Athlete of the Month for October.
Jennifer has been the vice-president of her class for all four years of high school and is obviously a member of the National Honor Society and Athletic Honor Society and a four-year member of Student Council. She also finds time to play in the MCA Marching Band and MCA Symphonic Band, playing the Alto Saxophone. She is a member of a number of clubs including Interact, Peer Mediation, SADD, Pep Club, Science Club, Future Nurses, Spanish Club, and has participated in Powder Puff Football.
Bolick has done more than her share of community service participating in the Think Big Dance Marathon, Four Diamonds Mini Thon, Lions Club Meals on Wheels, Special Olympics, Relay for Life, Toys for Tots, Hoops for Heart, S.P.C.A. Drive, School Clothes Collection, and Collections for local food banks.
She is a member of Divine Redeemer Church, where she volunteers with the Youth Group Outreach Program and the annual Parish Picnic. She is the daughter of Sue and Frank Bolick of Kulpmont and plans to attend either James Madison University, Penn State University, or Elon University to major in biology while considering a field in medicine.