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That is the word head girls varsity soccer coach and chemistry teacher Ms. Jennifer Parsons used to sum up her past nine years at George Mason High School.

It is Sunday afternoon and, among the hushed chatter, snoring, and furious studying, Parsons is attempting to find a comfortable position on a very bumpy bus seat. Parsons and her 17 “daughters,” are riding home from Radford, Va. after capturing their eighth consecutive state soccer championship.

Although a joyous ride, it is also a somber one as Parsons knows that this is the last of many bus rides with her players.

Two hundred seventy nine games, 77 players, nine years, and eight consecutive state championships later, Parsons is departing the GM community and leaving a legacy behind. Although Parsons is leaving, she hopes that the traditions that have been established during her time will be carried on by upperclassmen.

“I hope that with such a large senior class presence in the next year that they carry on the traditions that are important and have been carried out all the years that I have been at GM,” said Parsons.

Back in 2006, fresh out of Virginia Commonwealth University, Parsons was interested in teaching and even more interested in coaching soccer at the high school level. She found exactly what she desired when George Mason High School her as a chemistry teacher and head varsity soccer coach.


Want to relive the looks at the this years and last years prom? See yourself, your friends, and your classmates as they got ritzed up and posed for pictures with Lasso's Promparazzi. All photos are credited to Anna Connole, sophomore and yearbook photographer.

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Beginning as a club with one unofficial meet and funding from parents, to a team of 55 swimmers with an undefeated season; 27 of whom who contributed to this year's boys and girls state championship title, the GM swim team has come a long way to success. While past coaches, parents, and directors are credited for this amazing progress, Coach Janice Nette is especially acknowledged and remembered as the founder of the team as she wraps up her final year with the swim team.

"My son, he's graduating [this year]; I figured this would be a good ending point... The team is very well established now, so I feel it is a good time to leave, " Nette said.

As Coach Nette exits, she is fondly described in many ways by her swimmers. Being a "mother" was the most common one. Like a mother, she teaches the basics and handles the difficult paperwork. For meets she does communication, registration work, sets up the computer for the year, and pulls in entries for home meets.

"She keeps everyone in shape; not in the swimming sense, [but] as in get there on time and be respectful; that sense," freshman, Will Langan said.



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