2022 Salem News Student Athlete Award Nominee: Lexi Garcia, Pingree | Sports

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If you think it might be odd for a football player to advocate fewer water bottles on the pitch, then you’ve never met Pingree School senior Lexi Garcia.

Inclusive and environmentally conscious in everything they do, Garcia and Pingree’s green team helped launch an effort to get rid of single-use water bottles on the school’s South Hamilton campus. . As a result, the school uses far less plastic and has added water refill stations for everyone’s benefit.

“She is the quintessential leader and is deeply committed to social and environmental justice,” Pingree athletic director Betsy Kennedy said.

A member of the Pingree People of Color Coalition, Garcia has used her personal experiences to help others understand the pain and plight of racism; his junior research paper on the role of the media in the persistence of racist stereotypes was very well received.

A student with several advanced placement courses, Garcia is an honors student at Pingree (which does not use a class ranking system). Her diligence, curiosity, empathy and attention to detail stand out in all of her classes.

“It wouldn’t be appropriate to label Lexi as strictly a student or an athlete,” Pingree math professor John Young explained. “Lexi is able to walk in the shoes of both in such a way that you’re amazed that she could be the same person in both places.”

Garcia is also one of the best multisport athletes on the North Shore. As a starter for the Pingree women’s soccer team that reached the New England Class B Championship game, she was one of only three girls in the region to top 30 points last fall and earned All-EIL and All-New England honors.

“Lexi embodies everything you expect from a leader. She is passionate, caring, respectful and fearless,” said women’s soccer coach Doc Simpson. “Our program is better because of his commitment to the team.”

On the basketball court, Garcia is a powerful scorer who can take charge of any game, but also enjoys making it easier for her teammates to get involved. She averaged 17.6 points per game, was team MVP and an All-NEPSAC pick, and was a Salem News star in both sports.

“She is the ultimate competitor who brings 110% every day. Her energetic attitude is contagious and she has become a role model and an ambassador for Pingree. No matter what sport, activity, game, project, you want Lexi in your team,” said women’s basketball coach Dave Latimer.

As one of Pingree’s most sought-after tour guides, Garcia helps introduce the school to new students and truly enjoys putting her best foot forward for campus. She volunteers in Bible study, volunteers with the Tops Soccer youth organization in addition to traveling with her club team and showing off her skills as a ceramic artist.

“You know Lexi is going to go above and beyond and fight with every fiber of her being to do the best she can,” Highlanders athletics coach Jordan Coulombe said. “She will take risks, try new things and guide her peers with empathy and kindness.”

MEET LEXI GARCIA

High school: Pingree School

Hometown: North Andover

Age: 18

College you will attend: Undecided

What is your favorite book?: The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

What is your favorite movie?: No movie, but some favorite shows include ‘Friends’, ‘Vampire Diaries’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Station 19’

Who is your favorite band singer?: Journey, Bon Jovi, Drake, Ian Diorr, Pink, Lady Gaga and Rhianna

What is your favorite app?: Two points

What is your favorite class in school?: Music and human experience

What sporting achievement are you most proud of?: The NEPSAC class B championship game of our soccer team. Even though we lost, we put every ounce of effort into the whole game. To be able to say we left everything on the pitch was something I focused on when I became captain and I was really proud that we did that.

What does it mean to you to be a leader among your peers?: Being able to put myself in the shoes of my teammates and get to know them beyond the sport they practice. I was confident in traditional leadership roles, being outspoken, authoritative and driven, so I wanted to focus on recognizing teammates as people, not just as players.

Where do you see yourself in 10 years?: Living on a Caribbean island and running a dog-friendly resort. I hope to build it from the ground up to be involved in the community, eco-friendly (solar panels, composting) and famous for the dogs that live there.

What don’t most people know about you?: I’m really good at jigsaw puzzles and I’m currently making one of 18,000 pieces.

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