Hi! I'm Melanie Watson, a class of 2025 defender. I live in Charlotte, North Carolina, and play for Charlotte Ambush Field Hockey Club. I also play for my school, Ardrey Kell High School. I am a highly determined and hardworking athlete. I am constantly improving and looking for ways to grow and raise my skill level. My coaches describe me as motivated, coachable, and strong. I also play lacrosse, which has helped me improve my strength and strategic play in field hockey. Academics are very important to me. I am hoping to study in the STEM field, specifically engineering studies. I picked up my field hockey stick in seventh grade, and haven’t set it down since! My field hockey season continues year-round, with spring, fall, and indoor seasons, as well as summer/fall club lacrosse seasons. I have always been interested in playing collegiate field hockey, and would be a strong asset on a competitive college team.
Field Hockey Honors/Accomplishments:
Nexus Regional Selection Camp, 1st Year Varsity Starter, registered over 70 interceptions (2022 school season), Selected as a “Leader Representative” for AK Student Athlete Leadership Council (2022-2023).
Field Hockey Experience:
2022: Charlotte Ambush Elite U16 Outdoor, Ardrey Kell Field Hockey (High School Season), Charlotte Ambush Elite U16 Indoor, NFHCA Winter Escape Showcase (January 14-16, 2022), National Indoor Tournament Qualifiers (January 22, 2022), USA Field Hockey Disney Sunshine Showcase (January 28-30, 2022), National Indoor Festival (February 18-20, 2022), Nexus Region 8 Training (March, April), Nexus Region 7/8 Selection Camp (May 7-8, 2022), Junior Premier Outdoor League (June 4-5, 2022)
2021: Charlotte Ambush Elite U14 Outdoor, Community House Field Hockey (Middle School Season), Regional Club Championship Region 8 (April 10-11, 2021), Shooting Star Jamboree (April 16-18, 2021), Junior Premier Outdoor League (May 22-23,2021), Nexus Region 8 Training (May, June), USA Field Hockey Disney Showcase (June 18-20, 2021), National Field Hockey Festival (November 25-27, 2021)
2020: Charlotte Ambush U14 Select Outdoor, Charlotte Ambush U14 Indoor, Community House Field Hockey (Middle School Season)
Other: Community House Field Hockey (Middle School Season), Charlotte Ambush Indoor U14
GPA: 4.375 (Weighted) Top 5% of Class (36/898)
2021-2022: (Freshman Year): A Honor Roll, Top 5% of Class (36/898), Scored a 5 on AP Human Geography Exam, Autodesk AutoCAD Certified User.
2020-2021: (Eighth Grade): National Junior Honor Society, "Outstanding Achievement in Science" Award, Duke Tip Program, A Honor Roll, "All A’s in Middle School" Award.