In this time of uncertainty, there are a few things that have gratefully remained (mostly) unaltered.
The coronavirus has disrupted the educational experience for months, but it couldn’t interfere with the final day of high school for the seniors at the Advanced Math & Science Academy in Marlboro on Wednesday afternoon. So the celebration commenced as is customary, albeit with social distancing measures in place.
“We have a tradition at our school where the seniors on their last day drive around the school a couple of times in their cars and honk their horns and things like that,” Jules Hogan, 18, said Thursday. “We all did that, staying in our cars, while our teachers watched with masks on. It was really fun.”
Enjoyable — along with challenging and rewarding — would also best describe the six years Hogan spent attending AMSA, where she strived and thrived academically and athletically.
Hogan was a three-season standout for the Eagles, earning four varsity letters in soccer, four in indoor track and six in outdoor track before the spring sports season was canceled in late April. She captained all three sports and earned a pair of T&G Super Team selections in track.
“I’ve coached some very, very good athletes, but none as good as Jules,” said Mark Vital, AMSA being the latest stop in a track coaching career that has spanned four decades.
This year was a successful scholastic swan song through the fall and winter.
The 5-foot-9 Hogan led a soccer squad populated with eighth graders to a third straight berth in the Central Mass. Division 3 Tournament in October and then medaled in the long jump at the All-State (sixth) and New England (seventh) indoor track meets in March.
But all along this swift sprinter and explosive jumper was eagerly looking forward to her seventh and final season of outdoor track. That, of course, wasn’t meant to be.
“Outdoor has always been my favorite season of track and all of the sports,” Hogan said. “So it was really, really hard knowing that I wasn’t going to have that and also to not be able to say goodbye to my friends. Just get that final season, which I was hoping would be really, really good.”
Especially after the way she ended last spring.
Hogan was a double medalist at the All-States, placing fourth in the 400-meter run and sixth in the long jump, and went on to finish 10th in the 400 and eighth in the long jump at the New Englands.
Along the way, she qualified for the long jump at the New Balance Nationals Outdoor in Greensboro, North Carolina, where she finished fifth in the emerging elite division with a personal-best effort of 19 feet.
“I had been jumping 18 (plus), so it wasn’t too unexpected,” Hogan said of springing to 19 feet. “But I was really hoping this season to get up to that again and prove it wasn’t a one-time thing, and I could continue to do that and perform at that level, especially going off to college for track.”
Hogan is headed to Boston University in the fall to major in physical therapy — she’d like to work in pediatrics as she loves children upon graduation from the six-year doctorate program — and continue her track career as a recruited athlete.
One of the reasons Hogan and her twin brother, Jesse, who is bound for Brown University, elected to attend AMSA was for its rigorous academics.
“My brother and I have always been very academically driven, so my parents and the two of us saw this as an opportunity to explore our passions more,” Hogan said. “Because AMSA, while they do say they’re more focused on math and science, which they are, also have great programs for the humanities. So it was all of those aspects. It was really a great opportunity.”
One she made the most of in the classroom as well as on the field and the track.
Hogan will graduate — the hope is there will be a traditional ceremony in July — as a member of the National Honor Society and with a weighted grade point average of 4.42. On four occasions she was recognized by AMSA by having the highest GPA for a student-athlete encompassing all sports in a season.
“The workload was a lot, it was a lot of pressure, but it was definitely worth it,” Hogan said. “I was able to have so many amazing learning opportunities, and it got me where I am today, so pretty great.”
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