Leadership through athletics

Poly students learn leadership through many different venues. In the Athletics Department, the Student-Athlete Leadership Council (SALC) promotes leadership both at Poly and within the greater Pasadena community. The council upholds the Poly credo, mission statement, and philosophy, along with that of the Athletic Department. The council’s focus is to provide a positive influence through student-athlete leadership on teams (at all sports level), as representatives in the Poly community (including students K-12, staff, families, and alumni), and by serving the Pasadena community at-large.

The Student-Athlete Leadership Council (SALC) is made up of nine to 12 student-athletes in grades 11 and 12. The council is organized into three committees focused on service, spirit, and education, with mentor-coaches acting as advisors.

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  • Natalie Clark '18

    Natalie Clark ’18 is a unique athlete, excelling both on land and in the water. She is a three-time Varsity letter in volleyball, water polo, and swimming and diving. She even tried a season of softball her freshman year. In the gym, Natalie dominates the net as a senior middle blocker, and it is no different in the pool. As a junior, she was named second team All-Prep League 2016-17 water polo season and was a contributing force on the 2017 CIF-SS Division V girls water polo championship team. Natalie also represented Poly on the 2016 CIF-SS Division 3 swimming and diving championship team. Having played three seasons all four years of her high school career, she will be added to the list of 12 of 12 athletes.
     
    Outside of the court and the pool, Natalie is involved in the Student Athlete Leadership Counsel (SALC). She is also a peer mentor and likes to volunteer at Union Station.
     
    Natalie shares, “Sports have been one of the greatest parts of my high school experience at Poly. I am so thankful that the Poly athletic environment encourages students to try out new sports as I did with water polo. I went from not knowing anything about the sport to getting the opportunity to play for and win a CIF title in my junior year, which has so far been the highlight of my athletic experience. The athletic community has given me some of my closest friends, and I have formed relationships with coaches that I will always cherish. I am grateful to Poly athletics for giving me memories that I will never forget.”
  • Matthew Queen '18

    Matthew Queen ’18 is a three-sport athlete who dominates the fields; football, soccer, and baseball. Matt plays all sides of the football as a defensive back, a wide receiver, and a kicker. In soccer, he plays in the backfield at left back to help defend the goal. In the spring, Matt takes to the baseball field where he has excelled. Baseball has proven to be his strongest sport after he earned All-CIF honors his junior year. Last season, he hit a .526, went 8-1 in the season, and had a 1.26 ERA. Matt is also on his way to being added to an elite list of 12 of 12 athletes, having played all of the seasons in his high school career.

    Aside from sports, Matt is interested in photography and likes to go surfing. He is also part of the Model UN Club and serves his community volunteering at Union Station and the Pasadena Southwest Little League.

    Matt shares, “I've been at Poly my whole life. I remember going to the Saturday tailgates and watching the football team, thinking about how badly I wanted to play. I remember hearing about all of the great baseball players who went through the program and thinking maybe one day I could be one of them. As I entered high school, Poly athletics became a huge positive in my life, and thanks to the no-cut policy I have been lucky enough to play a sport every season. Through the good times and hardships I have been through with my teammates, I have formed incredibly close bonds with so many individuals.”
  • Sophie Schleifer '18

    Sophie Schleifer ‘18 loves to run. She is a senior leader on the Poly cross country team and a top runner setting the pace for her teammates. As a sophomore, she made her mark by running the fifth fastest time at Mt. SAC running the course in 19.52. On the soccer field, the four-year Varsity letter takes control of the field at midfield. As a freshman and a sophomore, she contributed to the team’s CIF playoff appearances. And, on the track, she is the top girls distance runner in both the 1600m and the 3200m races, as well as a key leg in the 4x400 relay. She, too, will join the list of 12 of 12 Poly athletes after completing her senior year.
     
    When she’s not running, Sophie has her hand in many different areas. She is the founder and president of the Photography Club, the president of the Soccer Without Border club, co-president of Peer Tuturing on campus, a Global Scholar, and an active member of the Student Athlete Leadership Counsel (SALC), as well as Senior Class Cabinet. Off campus Sophie volunteers at the Huntington Library, Botanical Gardens, and Art Galleries, and she plays club soccer year-round on the Developmental Academy 2 team at LAPFC.
     
    Sophie reflects on her experience in Poly athletics and shares, “I'm so grateful to my all Poly sports teams because they've supported and taught me so much over the years. Coming up on my senior year, I still find it amazing to step on the field or the starting line with a group of intelligent and determined people who support and inspire me every day. Sports have always been a big part of my life, and Poly has enabled me to play the sports I've always loved as well as explore new ones.”
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