All-around student–athlete Lauren Faremouth has been chosen as Marco Island Academy’s candidate for the prestigious Winged Foot Award, presented annually to the top student–athlete in Collier County. It is the 31st year for the award.
The traditional banquet will not be held this year due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. ESPN basketball announcer and former Duke basketball player Jay Bilas was the scheduled speaker.
“She is a true leader,” stated Ryan Marie Roberts, Marco Island Academy Director of Athletics and Student Activities. “In the pool, on the volleyball court, tennis court and soccer field.”
“She is a phenomenal young woman,” stated MIA Principal Melissa Scott. “She is a talented athlete, an amazing academic, and an even better person. She really shines!”
Faremouth was excited to be chosen to represent her high school. “Being a Winged Foot candidate is very humbling and provides me a sense of accomplishment. By receiving this award it has shown my hard work and effort for the last 4 years and it shows me that if you work hard goods things will come in your future.”
Faremouth has quite a record of accomplishment both in athletics and in the classroom. She is ranked second in her class of 48 students, with a cumulative GPA of 3.7627 and a weighted GPA of 5.0827. Athletically, she finishes her high school career with 16 varsity letters and was team captain of her swimming, volleyball and tennis team her senior year. She was also the sports editor for the MIA school newspaper.
She would have had 17 varsity letters if not for the Coronavirus Pandemic cutting her tennis season short. She looks at the pandemic philosophically.
“The virus has made me more adaptable,” she remarked. “I realize life can change and the best thing to do in that situation is to be calm.”
So, what sport does this lady for all seasons pick as her favorite?
“I wouldn’t be able to pick a favorite,” she commented. “Each sport has impacted me in different ways and has made me the person I am today. Each sport has shown me different skills between my mental and physical game and how hard I can push myself.”
Competing for MIA over the past 4 years has meant a lot to Faremouth. She has enjoyed being part of a program that is on the rise.
“MIA has had a huge impact on my life. It is a small school in a small community. However, this small school has shown me that you can be small but make a huge impact. Being involved on sports teams we were known as the underdogs, but over the last 4 years we were able to show the bigger schools that we may be small but we are also mighty.”
Faremouth and her fellow seniors have the distinction of being seniors when construction on the new high school began. It is generally acknowledged how important the performance and hard work of the students has been in making the brick and mortar building a reality. But the old campus, with its portable classrooms, holds special memories.
“I feel very excited about the new school,” Faremouth acknowledged. “And I believe that the students coming in for the future will have a great experience with the new building. However, for myself, there is something about being in the portables and eating outside. The different atmosphere made me feel as if it was a more personable place. It’s hard to explain, but everyone always is talking about how you go to school in portables. But those portables became my second home.”
Faremouth plans to attend FGCU in the Fall and study dermatology. She said, “I want to go into the medical field and do dermatology. I feel dermatology is the right career path for me. I have had acne issues in my past and feel that I need to help people in my future with their skin issues.”