Auburn’s Jacqueline Clark has been named to the National Academic Squad by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Jackie is a 2016 AHS graduate and first year student at Western New England University where she plays on the field hockey team.

Jackie Clark carries upfield for AHS during the 2015 season (File photo by John Anderson)

The National Academic Squad which includes 1,604 student-athletes from 148 schools. To be named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.30 grade-point average through the first semester of the 2016-17 academic year. Jackie earned a 3.6 her first semester, while seeing significant playing time for the WNE Golden Bears.

Jackie is the daughter of Mike and Jayce Clark of Auburn. She also has two siblings, her ‘younger-by-a-few-minutes’ twin brother, Adam (also a freshman at WNE) and her ‘real’ younger brother Andrew.

“We’re proud when she [Jackie] scores a goal, but this is a big honor. We couldn’t be more proud” says her father, Mike.

Jackie is a 2016 graduate of Auburn High School, where she competed in field hockey for four years, golf for three years, indoor track for three years, and softball for two years.  She earned SWCL All-Star honors in field hockey in 2015 and for indoor track in 2015-16. Jackie was an integral part of the AHS Field Hockey team’s district championships in 2013, 2014, and 2015.

She was an immediate impact player for WNE. While not a starter this season, she did earn significant playing time while tallying 6 goals and 2 assists. She earned Commonwealth Coast Conference Rookie of the Week honors three times, and was named Western New England Student-Athlete of the Week for the week of Nov. 7. But Jackie doesn’t talk about her own accolades; she is far more interested in the team.

“We made it to the conference [Commonwealth Coast Conference] championships for the first time in school history this year” she said. “That was really exciting.”

Jackie is currently a communications major, and while she has not quite settled on a career path, she has some ideas.

“I’d like to do something in public relations or journalism, preferably for a sports team” she adds.

In the meantime, Jackie obviously hits the books as much as she does the field, making her parents, her family and her hometown proud.