June 21, 2020
Senior Spotlight - Week of June 21 - June 27
As all of us know, the ending of the 19/20 School Year and the 2020 Swim Season is not anything like we have ever experienced. So much was lost and so many memories were not completed or even started. Our seniors are leaving us without a typical senior year, their high school graduation or their last NVSL Summer Swim Team Season as a Whomping Turtle for Highlands. While they will always be a Whomping Turtle forever, we wanted to honor them a bit differently this year. As we enter Phase 2 at Highlands, we will be honoring 2 seniors per week. They will be featured in our weekly newsletter here and they will be honored in their front yards with signs and chalk. If you know these seniors please congratulate them or drive by their house and give them a honk to show how proud of them you are.
Below you can read about our first two seniors -
Maggie Campion and Amanda Moore
Both have a bright future ahead of them and we couldn’t be more proud. Please be on the look next Sunday for two more Seniors. We have 9 to honor this year!
Senior Maggie Campion
Maggie joined the Highlands Whomping Turtles at the tender age of 8. While she had always been a water baby, the Highlands swim team taught her a lot. It became one of her most formative experiences, and the start of some of her deepest friendships. She quickly showed a proclivity for breaststroke and backstroke, but to Maggie, the ribbons never mattered. She loved goofing off with her friends, eating a lot of pancakes, and cheering on all her teammates at both A and B meets. So even when Maggie was swimming in relays, A meets, divisionals, and racking up an array of ribbons and trophies, her true joy came from seeing her friends do well and splitting a pizza with them at pep rallies.
Eventually, Maggie became a coach for both the swim team and the Mini Whompers, which only made her love the Whomping Turtles even more. Every day, she goes and coaches, forming bonds with her kids and communicating a passion for the water that only Maggie can do. Maggie’s coaching has deepened her connections throughout the Highlands community, often giving private lessons and babysitting her mentees. She can probably name every kid she’s coached, as she considers them her friends.
Through Maggie’s coaching, she discovered a love of teaching, which has led to her choosing special education as her major for when she attends James Madison University in the fall. She will attend with a full-ride scholarship, after an impressive run at McLean High School. To recap, she was President of Best Buddies for two years, a scholar athlete many times over, the recipient of three Highlander PRIDE awards, and 2020’s Student of the Year. Through Highlands, Maggie has learned a lot about patience, teamwork, discipline, and nurturing others. She has taken these lessons into every facet of her life. Maggie would not be Maggie if she had not been a Whomping Turtle.
Senior Amanda Moore
Amanda has been a Whomping Turtle since the age of 5. During her first summer season, Amanda developed a love of swimming which she cultivated over the next several years, perfecting her strokes as a participant in local year-round swim clubs in order to qualify to swim in Saturday A meets with her friends each summer. She has been rewarded with multiple appearances at the NVSL All Star Individual and Relay meets, and was also part of the 8U relay team that set a Highlands record.
As much as Amanda has enjoyed swimming with the turtles for the past 13 years, she has loved coaching them even more. Amanda was privileged to work with the Mini-Whompers these past 3 summers, and really enjoyed teaching countless young turtles the fundamentals of swimming. She also loved being on deck for swim team practices, and organizing and cheering swimmers on during the meets. To continue working with children, Amanda has coached for Norman Swimming throughout high school.
While swimming was Amanda’s first sport, softball became her passion. Since the age of 8, Amanda also cultivated a talent for softball, which required her to balance her participation at Highlands each summer with pitching in softball tournaments across the country. But whenever she was home, she was at the pool.
Highlands has been more than a swim team to Amanda. It has been the source of wonderful friendships, coaches’ dinners at Sakura, carpools to practices and dressing up for fun A meet themes. It has been cheering for the swimmers as they make the final touch at the wall, painting the faces of Mini Whompers and staying late at the pool to hang banners before swim meets. We know she will miss these activities going forward.
Amanda will be attending the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, and will report for Swab Summer this July. She will major in civil engineering and play softball for the Bears. She will continue to spend time on the water, and she will keep swimming!