By Darrel Wheeler, V&V Contributing Writer
Senior Shaunessey Cardwell is an athletic and academic super-tiger at Morse High School. She performed at an elite level for the softball, basketball, and tennis teams, leading them in multiple categories during her tenure at MHS.
Shaunessey is a real live production machine for her Tiger teams. However, her greatness isn’t limited to any field of dreams or gymnasium. The very-busy-body also has a very- busy-mind, carrying a 3.9 GPA in advanced classes as an honor roll student.
“She finished her core classes last year as a Junior. She is much more than just a great athlete, she is also very intelligent and an awesome person. She knows what she wants out of life and is willing to do the work to achieve it. She is extremely focused!” shared Softball Coach Carlie Nemecek.
“She was real raw in the beginning but she kept working hard and turned herself into a real good player and a dominating rebounder. She is very strong and powerful, as well as being very smart and a leader,” said her basketball coach, Brian Wilson on the hoopster. “People listen when she talks. She doesn’t wait to be told to do something; she always takes the initiative to do the right thing. She has a bright future and I can’t wait to see what she’s doing in the next five years. I could see her in congress on Capitol Hill one day — that’s how sharp she is.”
On the field of play, the power-hitting Lady Tiger led her team in most categories with 40 hits, 34 runs,16 doubles,1 triple — including 9-fence-clearing home runs, 29 RBIs, and a batting 526 average. Her hitting exploits forced some teams to strategically pitch around the most valuable Tiger to avoid her dynamic-power.
On the basketball court, she made her presence known with her relentless rebounding 9.4 per game, aggressive defense, and a 13.5 scoring average pg. As a result of her softball abilities and exceptional GPA the MVP has recently accepted a full scholarship to Fresno Street.
“My favorite subject is history. I like anything dealing with history but in college, I would like to pursue degrees in anthropology and criminology,”
Shaunessey shared. “I think I made the right decision by coming to Morse. It was definitely a positive experience. I learned so much here. I have great teachers, coaches, and friends. And none of this would be possible if not for my awesome parents.”
“You know that’s right,” said her smiling father, Byron Cardwell.
“I was very fortunate to have been her coach. If she didn’t have such a great family, I would’ve adopted her — that’s how I feel about her and so does my family,” said coach Carlie Nemecek.