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Lawson finds right fit with Cornell

John Champe senior Miranda Lawson will take her academic and softball skills to Cornell University.—Courtesy Photo
Hard work pays off. A dedicated student-athlete at John Champe High School, Miranda Lawson recently committed to attend and continue her softball career at Cornell University beginning in the fall of 2018.

Along with the opportunity to gain an Ivy League education while playing NCAA Division I softball, Lawson says a visit to Cornell's campus in upstate New York was the icing on the cake.

"When I finally visited the school I absolutely fell in love," Lawson stated. "Not only with the beauty of the campus and the atmosphere, but the academic opportunities as well."

"As a student-athlete, it was always very important to me that wherever I chose to go that I could play softball and be allowed to study any major that the school offered, no matter the difficulty," Lawson continued. "Cornell was one of the schools that could give me this opportunity, and I could not be happier with my decision."

Lawson, a shortstop, started playing softball at age 7 with the Loudoun Inferno. Her confidence and understanding of the game soared after she began working out at Replay Sports and Training in Ashburn a few years back. Lawson now plays for the VA Glory fastpitch organization, as well as Champe's varsity team.

A member of the National Honor Society and the Children of the American Revolution, Lawson is considering three fields of study at Cornell: neuroscience, environmental science and veterinary science.

"My head coach [Julie Farlow] studied engineering as a student-athlete. One of the things I love about her is that she has no restrictions on academic passions," praised Lawson about her future college coach.

With her college destination set, Lawson is excited about her senior year at John Champe.

"My goal for my last year at Champe is to be remembered as a good citizen," Lawson said. "I would like to continue to push myself, to make first-team all-conference and be MVP, whether in title or disposition. Overall, I just want to enjoy my last year at Champe and keep making memories with the team I love."


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