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Maysen Pagan named Athlete of the Week

Pagan identified as athlete, regardless of injury

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Maysen Pagan named Athlete of the Week

Maysen Pagan

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Senior Maysen Pagan is the Athlete of the Week for the week of Feb. 4-8 for her contribution to the Oak Park Girls’ Soccer Varsity team.

Pagan tore her Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) last year during high school soccer season. Due to her injury, she was not cleared to play contact for this season. She was able to play at practice, when it was non-contact, and was the designated DJ for pre-game music.

“It feels like an honor [to be Athlete of the Week], because I know I don’t play [in games]; I know I’m not an actual player. But, to be recognized for supporting the team and still being a part of the team to cheer them on or even act as kind of an assistant coach and help out girls,” Pagan said.

Oak Park Girls’ Soccer Varsity head coach Kathryn Klamecki wrote to the Talon that Pagan is “selfless” and “a true example of a great teammate.”

“Regardless of her circumstances, she has been a huge part of the team,” Klamecki wrote to the Talon. “She is a constant motivator, encourages her teammates, and demonstrates tremendous leadership.”

Pagan said that this current team is the the team she has felt closest to, including all of her past club and high school teams. She said that not playing let her get closer to each of her teammates.

“To be recognized as Athlete of the Week for that is different, but it feels good,” Pagan said.

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Amanda Lurey, Club Director

Amanda is a senior at Oak Park High School. She served as news editor for the 2017-18 school year and is currently the 2018-19 Talon club director.

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