Old Cape Recycling Scholar Athlete: No mystery why Cedar Creek's Richardson is successfulBy GIUSEPPE UNGARO
Taryn Richardson loves a good mystery or C.S.I. episode, focusing on how the characters solve the case. It’s something she wants to help do when she begins her work life after college.
One thing the Cedar Creek High School senior already has figured out is high school. The latest Old Cape Recycling Scholar Athlete scores high marks in school, on the volleyball court and on the lacrosse field.
Richardson has a 4.0 grade-point average while playing volleyball and lacrosse, and also cheering during the winter season.
“Just her character and how she carries herself,” answered Pirates girls lacrosse coach Kelsey Lorady when asked what makes Richardson stand out. “She is a respectful girl and a nice person. Not only is she a great athlete on the field, but does well in school. She is also a volleyball player as well. She is a great student-athlete overall.”
“She is a great student, has a great GPA and is she a great athlete as well,” Cedar Creek volleyball coach Brian Beck said. “She is one of our captains. She is definitely someone the players can look up to. She is a great student and athlete.”
Richardson has always been a great athlete and student. She is self-motivated and a goal-setter in all endeavors. She also holds down a weekend job to go along with her classes, homework and extra-curricular activities.
“I have always been a top student. I would feel disappointed in myself if I didn’t get high grades,” said Richardson, who takes Advanced Placement Literature and honors classes. “I just love to get high grades and maintain them.”
She added: “I have to say, I do put too much pressure on myself sometimes. My mom says it’s OK, I tried my best. But I strive for really high grades. I have very, very high expectations.”
Her goal-setting carries over to the athletic courts and fields. Richardson was a key player on a volleyball team that made it to the playoffs in just its third season of existence. It is one of her favorite memories from her high school career.
Richardson also made her mark in lacrosse, especially when she scored a pivotal goal in the final minutes to top rival Absegami.
“She was one of my main attackers this season. A huge asset to our offense,” Lorady said. “Great stick skills and sense of the game. She was also one of the first four-year varsity letter winners for Cedar Creek.”
Richardson loves a challenge and is not afraid of new experiences. All her friends from grade school were going to Oakcrest, but she chose Cedar Creek because of the Engineering Program, and the fact that she would meet new people.
She said that experience will only help her in college. Richardson plans to continue her education at Fairleigh Dickinson University, where she will major in Chemistry. She ultimately wants to be a forensic scientist.
“My favorite class is Forensics. I wants to be a forensic scientist after college,” Richardson. “That’s what I want to do for my career. I’ve always loved mysteries. I feel like that is the real-life job of solving a mystery.”
Contact Giuseppe Ungaro: firstname.lastname@example.org; on Twitter @GDgisepu