Mallory Meinke is a top student and athlete at Brimfield, known to some as a four-year starter on the basketball team, recognized by others for her ability to crunch numbers in class.
“I’m probably (known for) a little both but likely academics,” Meinke said. “People say things about me being a nerd. I care about grades and (basketball) just as much, I love doing it.”
Meinke’s steady play is one of the reasons why the girls basketball team is 22-7.
“She’s just super smart with her decision-making both on the court and off the court,” said Brimfield coach Maribeth Dura. “Those players are good to have on your team.”
The senior guard is a National Honor Society member who’s helped plan a community-wide blood drive. Meinke gets straight A’s while she plays volleyball and basketball for the Indians.
“I make to-do lists, keep my homework in check,” Meinke said. “I will make a list of what I need to accomplish at night.”
She owns a perfect 4.0 grade point average and is heading to Bradley University to study accounting next fall. In February, she’s looking forward to two things — postseason basketball and competing with Brimfield’s math team.
“It’s a different kind of pressure,” Meinke said of her math competitions. “Not many people are watching you as you’re doing problem. It’s definitely still a pressure thing.”
Spoken like someone who can handle pressure with a basketball or a calculator in her hand.