Blue Valley North Senior Has Created an Impressive Lineup
Blue Valley North senior Maggie Russo seems to like some form of the number six.
The Mustangs pitcher/outfielder started playing softball at the age of six. “I started playing softball in kindergarten,” says Russo. “I was six and I’ve been number six ever since then.”
She achieved something that very few high school seniors achieve: a perfect score on the ACT test. And a perfect score is 36.
And, the BV North pitcher started pitching in 6th grade. She earned a varsity letter last year and is looking forward to her senior season for the Mustangs. “I’m primarily a pitcher but I also play in the outfield,” she says. “I actually didn’t start pitching until the sixth grade, which was a few years after most people because my team needed more pitching.”
Russo depends on her teammates when pitching.
“I’m not a strikeout pitcher,” says Russo. “Most of the outs that I get while pitching are more of a team effort – groundouts and pop outs. I’ve found that I throw best with the support of my team in the field behind me.”
Softball coach Marissa Ingle is impressed with his senior pitcher.
“She has been with me for three seasons now, but it only took one season to get the grasp of who she is,” says Ingle. “She is determined, strong willed and gives 100 percent to all she does. She is a silent leader, very quiet and somewhat of an introvert, which allows her to lead by example. She is always ready to get on the mound and go to work.”
Russo was pleased with achieving the perfect score on the ACT, but she doesn’t know specifically to what she attributes the impressive accomplishment.
“For me there wasn’t any special secret, but I had already done a lot of test prep for PSAT my junior year, so I think that helped a bit.”
Coach Ingle likes having a great student on her team.
“To have someone part of the team that works hard on the ball field and excels in the classroom is all the coaching staff could ask for,” she says.
Russo isn’t just involved in academics and softball at BV North.
“I’m the historian for the Spanish National Honor Society, which I joined last year,” she says. “That’s been a lot of fun for me because I really love Spanish, so it has been nice to be part of organizing the events that even just last year made me more interested in the language.”
And that is not her only activity.
“I’ve been in FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) for three years, a freshman mentor for two and a Student Council representative for four years,” she says.
She added something new for this her last semester of high school.
“This semester I was able to join my school’s newspaper staff, which I’m really excited about,” she says.
Russo has not decided on a college yet.
“Right now, I’m primarily interested in double-majoring in English and Spanish, and I’d like to work for a publishing house someday,” she says. “I love to write; it’s something that I’ve been doing ever since I can remember, and it goes right along with how much I love to read.”