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Student-Athlete. Two words that define Myers Park
High School senior lacrosse player Jocelyn Riopel. The
daughter of Mark and Rebecca Riopel put in the work to
find great success inside the classroom and on the lacrosse
field. The dual commitment opened the door to a multitude
of college options for Jocelyn. After great thought
Jocelyn elected to commit to attend college and play lacrosse
at Sewanee, The University of the South.
Jocelyn’s journey on the lacrosse field in seventh
grade.

 
“A bunch of my friends were playing and they convinced
me I should do it with them. My sister was already playing
and taught me all the basics. Although she was an amazing
teacher, I was still so, so bad and clueless of lacrosse IQ.
I think that’s what made me push to get better. I worked
hard to progress to become as good as my sister.”

 
The hard work was obvious as Jocelyn quickly became
one of the better players in the area. She made the varsity
team as a freshman and was named an Academic All-
American her junior year. Jocelyn also helped her team
to the state championship game last season. This season
Jocelyn really excelled and earned All-Conference and was
named the Greater Charlotte Lacrosse Awards Defensive
Player of the Year. All of her success added up to the opportunity
to play college lacrosse at Suwanee.

 
The hard work was not limited to lacrosse, Jocelyn will
graduate with a 4.0 unweighted and 4.75 weighted grade
point average. She has won five Academic Achievement Awards to date at Myers Park and is enrolled in four AP classes currently.

 
“It’s a challenge trying to balance my homework and lacrosse but it’s so worth it. It’s been my goal to never make below an A; so far so good!”

 
Jocelyn is also a member of the Dream Team at Myers Park High School. The Dream Team is a leadership class at Myers Park. Fifty students applied and only 13 were selected for the Dream Team. Team members pledge to not drink, do drugs or act violently. The team holds big events to educate students on the mission of the Dream Team.

 
Jocelyn is also on the Youth Council at her church, “We do a lot
of community service projects all around our community. During
the summer, a group of us will go up to cabins in the poorest county
of NC and we help a family complete a home project that they need
done. Last year we built a porch for a family who needed it.”

 
Somehow Jocelyn also found time to become a certified Beekeeper.
She volunteers to help in bee yards by working with the
bees.

 
The South Charlotte Sports Report congratulates Jocelyn Riopel
for an amazing prep career in the classroom, on the field and beyond.
Good luck as you move into college and continue your drive
for success.

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