Sport: Girls soccer
Athletic accomplishment: As of Thursday, Mueller has 17 goals and one assist for the Hornets. The striker is the captain of the soccer team, basketball team and the lacrosse team. She’s committed to play lacrosse at UVA. She’s taking English 12, Economics, AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics and Advance Biology.
Academic accomplishment: Mueller has a 3.68 GPA. She got a 31 on the ACT. She’s a school ambassador assisting with admissions and incoming freshman to Hackley. Mueller’s a tour guide at Hackley. She volunteer’s with the Pelham Youth Lacrosse Camps. She’s a “Mothers helper” during the summer. Mueller’s volunteered at the Cottage School.
Getting to know Samantha Mueller
The Journal News: As the striker on the Hornets, do you like being in the middle of the action on the field?
Samantha Mueller: It’s fun because I do have chances to score. I can also set up my teammates to score. It’s nice to be able to control the game, let it come to you. It’s a good thing to be able to have some kind of control over the game and make a difference on the field.
TJN: What would you attribute your success this season to?
SM: Yes, I’ve scored a bunch of goals but I couldn’t have done it without my teammates to either pass me the ball or supported me. I think my success is due in part to them.
TJN: Why did you become a three-sport athlete?
SM: I played a bunch of sports growing up including soccer and basketball. I never wanted to play and focus on just one sport. All the coaches I’ve dealt with over the years have said playing multiple sports is great cross training.
TJN: Why is lacrosse the sport you’ll be playing in college?
SM: Once I got to Hackley, I got more involved with the game of lacrosse. Then I started playing outside of school, I realized how much I loved the game. It’s not that I didn’t love soccer or basketball, it’s just lacrosse combined my athleticism and the parts of both sports that I loved. It was also a bit of a new sport for me. I also had a lot of fun with it.
TJN: What made the University of Virginia the right choice for college?
SM: I was looking for a medium sized school towards larger. I don’t like the cold so much so I was looking for a warm weather school. I was also looking for a great academic school and athletic school.
TJN: You’ve taken AP Calculus and AP Statistics, what do you like about numbers?
SM: I’ve always been a math, science student. What I like about math is that there’s a right and a wrong answer. There’s not really any gray area. If you learn a skill it’s about how well you apply the skill. It relates towards sports, you can learn only so much from your coach then you have to take it from there and see how much you can apply it in a game.
TJN: When you volunteer at the Cottage School, does it make you appreciate what you have?
SM: It keeps you humble. It puts everything in perspective.
TJN: With your busy schedule, what do you do for fun?
SM: A lot of my time is focused on sports but I do like to hang out with my friends. I watch some TV. In the summer, I do like to go to the beach and also spend time with the family.
The Con Edison Athlete of the Week recognizes students in Westchester and Putnam schools who excel athletically. Academic achievements, leadership, citizenship, and school and community activities are also factors. The winner is selected each week by a panel of athletic directors and coaches who review ballots submitted by each athlete’s athletic director or coach.