“You’re not going anywhere without the grades,” said 18-year old Smith-Cotton senior Megan Lollis, a 4.0 student, a National Honor Society member and who plays both soccer and basketball at S-C.
“You have to have the grades to get into college and when you get out and start looking for a job. Unless you’re going into professional athletics and very few ever make it that far,” said Lollis.
An All West Central Conference and All District honoree on the soccer field, Lollis scored a 23 on the ACT and is ranked 37th academically in her 333-member Senior class at S-C
Lollis has her sights set on the University of Missouri-Columbia this fall, where she plans to major in physical therapy. She has no plans to play intercollegiate sports at MU, but said she might try her hand at intramural sports on campus.
In the classroom, Lollis has taken weighted courses Algebra II, College Prep English III and IV and dual-credit Public Speaking through State Fair Community College.
Besides the basketball and soccer teams at S-C, Lollis is a two-time state qualifier in ECA and this year she has qualified for DECA nationals. She left for the DECA nationals in Anaheim, Cal., on April 23. She said the S-C DECA students planned to take in an Anaheim Angels baseball game while they were on the West Coast.
Lollis played both sports growing up. She played in the Paul Klover Soccer League, then traveling leagues and is now in her fourth year of varsity soccer. She is a two-time All West Central Conference and an All District pick her sophomore year.
“I play just about anywhere,” said Lollis. “I’m playing center mid this year. I even played sweeper my sophomore year when Lauren (Azan) broke her collar bone.”
This past season was her fourth in varsity basketball and she developed a good, outside shot this past season.
“Soccer is my favorite,” she said. “I love the game and I think I’m better at it.”
Her high school athletic highlight came during her sophomore soccer season.
“We were playing Kickapoo at home,” she recalled. “I scored the first goal just two minutes into the match. We won.”
Lollis enjoys running and spending time with her friends and family in her spare time.
Lollis has an older brother, Andrew Lollis, 23 and a student at State Fair Community College. She is the daughter of Jackie and Joe Lollis, Sedalia.