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September 24, 2018

Pulaski Senior Jennings on ‘track’ For Success at Mansfield University


Although Pulaski High School senior Megan Jennings still has final exams to take and academic projects to finish, she is eager for her future at Mansfield University.

The multi-sport student-athlete recently signed her letter of intent to attend the Division II college in Pennsylvania, where she will study biology and run cross-country and track.

Pulaski Academy and Central District officials congratulate senior student-athlete Megan Jennings after signing her letter of intent to attend Mansfield University. Standing, from left, are Superintendent Brian Hartwell, high school Principal Jay Altobello and Athletic Director Jeff Shirley. Seated, from left, are high school track and field coach Joe McGrath; Megan’s mom, Melisa Jennings; Megan; high school cross-country coach and Megan’s dad, Jack Jennings; and Megan’s sister, Kailyn Jennings.

Pulaski Academy and Central District officials congratulate senior student-athlete Megan Jennings after signing her letter of intent to attend Mansfield University. Standing, from left, are Superintendent Brian Hartwell, high school Principal Jay Altobello and Athletic Director Jeff Shirley. Seated, from left, are high school track and field coach Joe McGrath; Megan’s mom, Melisa Jennings; Megan; high school cross-country coach and Megan’s dad, Jack Jennings; and Megan’s sister, Kailyn Jennings.

For Jennings, who participated in those sports while in high school, the preparation she received and the lessons she learned at PACS will carry with her into her collegiate career and beyond.

“I have a lot of good memories with athletics and academics at Pulaski,” Jennings said. “This is a small community and everybody really cares about each other here. Teachers are so supportive of my academics and are also supportive of my athletics, and that really goes a long way.”

For track and field coach Joe McGrath, Jennings’ ability to balance her studies and sports is something he admires.

“She represents the ability to do both,” McGrath said. “She earned this scholarship not just because she can run and jump and play volleyball. She earned this because she is a hard worker in the classroom too. These two ingredients are why she is signing this letter of intent.”

Jennings said she will continue to maintain high goals for herself when it comes to athletics and academics while at Mansfield University.

“It will definitely be hard to juggle a busy schedule, but I’ll make sure I set aside time to get my work done first,” she said. “From a young age, I’ve always set goals. I’ve always been a hard worker, and I’ll maintain that in college.”

That work ethic and determination have played key roles in her success, noted Athletic Director Jeff Shirley. He lauded her efforts as a scholar athlete and wished her success as she embarks on a collegiate career.

“She’s the good teammate and role model that every team needs,” Shirley said. “She has clearly worked hard. The Pulaski community is proud.”

Amid congratulatory handshakes and hugs, Jennings remained humble in accepting the accolades.

“I couldn’t have done it without my family and all their support,” she said. “My coach, my teammates, my friends … I couldn’t have done it without them.”

Jennings is the daughter of Jack Jennings and Melisa Jennings.

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