Moy-Lyn Chen, a high school senior at Hollywood Hills High School in Florida and a member of the varsity lacrosse team, and Scott Menoher, a coach at Jack Britt High School in Fayetteville, N.C., have been selected as the winners of US Lacrosse’s 2017 Diversity & Inclusion Essay Contest.

Moy-Lyn first began playing the game as a 9th-grader when lacrosse was introduced at her school. She is now one of five fourth-year seniors who have helped to build the program’s foundation. In her free time, she volunteers as an assistant with the lacrosse team at a local middle school. She is planning on continuing to play in college next year.

Hollywood Hills HS

“I will be pursuing a degree in occupational therapy at Methodist University and working hard to move my lacrosse game to the next level,” Chen said.

Read her full essay here.

Menoher grew up playing lacrosse in Colorado and competed as a club player at Fort Lewis College. He began coaching at the high school level in Colorado and also coached in Virginia. As a member of the military who has been deployed in support of combat forces 16 times since 9/11, he now takes great pride in working with players who are also members of military families.

“My greatest accomplishment has been working with the sons and daughters of soldiers and families who serve,” Menoher said. “They are a special breed and have earned a rightful place in my heart.”

He dedicated his essay to those players and families.

The winning entries were submitted in response to this question: How does the diversity of your team and inclusion of all players make your lacrosse experience better?

As contest winners, Chen and Menoher will both receive exclusively designed Encore Brand shooting shirts for their teams. Encore Brand is a lacrosse lifestyle company created by former Major League Lacrosse and National Lacrosse League player and University of Virginia All-American Johnny Christmas.