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Dean is female athlete of year at Rosemount High School

Two-sport athlete Megan Dean was recently named Female Athlete of the Year at Rosemount High School.

Dean, who has spent all four years of her high school career on the RHS track and soccer teams, began playing soccer in elementary school and picked up the sport of track in seventh grade when some of her soccer teammates commented on how quickly she could move up and down the field.

Throughout her years at RHS, Dean's quickness and athletic ability have earned her honors in both sports.

Apart from earning team honors such as Most Valuable Player, Most Valuable Sprinter and Rookie of the Year, Dean has also earned six All Conference titles and hopes to gain one more at the end of thi's years track season.

Along with working hard on the field, whether she is playing forward or defense on soccer teams, running the 400 meters and 4x400 relay in track, or participating in the long jump, Dean has also maintained a cumulative grade-point average of 3.9

Despite earning recognition for her school work by being named an Outstanding Academic Athlete and by receiving the Triple A (arts, academics and athletics) Award, Dean said it has not always been easy to find time for both class work and athletic events.

Keeping up with grades and sports was most difficult for Dean during her junior and senior years when she played on both the RHS soccer team and a traveling team, which required her to miss classes. In August, prior to her junior year at Rosemount High School, Dean decided to try out for a traveling showcase soccer team. The team travels around the United States and plays games and tournaments under the careful watch of college coaches.

"For the traveling team, you have to miss school for bus rides to Indiana and plane rides to Florida," Dean said. "So it's doing homework on the road and using time wisely. It has definitely taught me a lot of time management."

Dean's ability to miss school and keep her grades up paid off in April when she signed to play soccer for the Division I team at North Dakota State University.

Dean said of all her athletic achievements, she is most proud of gaining the full-ride scholarship to NDSU.

When the coach of the college contacted her after watching her in a showcase game, Dean decided to tour the college and accepted the scholarship shortly after.

Though Dean has decided to drop track when she attends college in order to focus on soccer and her school work, she enjoyed participating in both sports throughout her high school career.

"Track gets you involved right away and gets you in a network of friends," Dean said. "It taught me a ton about not only sports, but life in general. It taught me determination and perseverance. It has really made me a leader and taught me important things in life and it has challenged me as well. I think it's important to challenge yourself."

Dean's final challenge in her athletic career at Rosemount High School will be to continue her achievements in track by participating in this year's state track tournament.