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Sklyer Tautkus: Laconia Female Athlete of the Season

  • Skylar Tautkus


Wednesday, June 27, 2018

What was the biggest challenge you or your team faced this season and how did you overcome it? Our biggest challenge this season was overcoming setbacks from losing in the playoffs so early last year with such high hopes for a greater outcome. This season we needed to regain and strengthen our confidence collectively as a team, which we did progressively and especially entering into playoffs.

If you could improve high school lacrosse in New Hampshire, what would you do? If I could improve high school lacrosse in N.H., it would be by allowing players to have a greater voice within the overall lacrosse community. High school athletics has the capability to shape individuals into young leaders through support, recognition, and compassion. With a community that functions as such, players are able to gain significant leadership abilities.

Do you have any sports superstitions? If so, what are they? One of my biggest superstitions during the lacrosse season is having my teammate, Sydney Stevens, crack my back before big games.

What are some of the unwritten rules of your sport? One unwritten rule of girls lacrosse is wearing mid-calves with your turfs/cleats.

What is something that is really popular now, but in five years everyone will look back on and be embarrassed by?  Something that is really popular now in our generation is the use of making a “fake” Instagram account, also known as a “finsta.” This is an account where people only let a limited amount of people follow them, usually just a small group of their friends, and they post ugly pictures of themselves and complain about things in their lives. I have a feeling we will all look back on this time of our lives and be embarrassed by ourselves.

Where do you get your news? I get my news mostly from Twitter or other forms of social media. Also WMUR and the Concord Monitor.

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know? Kiwis are going extinct in New Zealand.

Who was the unsung hero of your team this year? The unsung hero of our team this year was definitely Megan Gaspa. Although she did record significant stats for our team this year, what may be looked over when just viewing her stats is the impact she has on the entire field while she is in. Her proactively aggressive mentality was a large factor in the overall outcome of our games this year, and we could not have done it without her.

If you could go to school in a foreign country, which country would you pick and why? I would pick to go to a school in London, because I am interested in studying psychology in college and I know that England is known for having prominent psychology programs. I also have never been London, but I find its architecture and environment really interesting to explore and live in at some point in my life.

What is the craziest thing one of your teachers has done? My English teacher went through a phase where all he listened to was Post Malone, which he also made sure to tell us that it was all he played for his hour commute to work every day.

If you were hired to show tourists what life is really like where you live, what would you show them / have them do? I would show tourists around Laconia by first recommending that they stay at the Landmark Inn. I would also make sure that the tourists experience Bike Week at Weirs Beach, as they would see things they have never seen before.

What’s the best thing about being a teen? What’s the worst? The best and worst thing about being a teen is not being an adult just yet.