Athletes of the Week: Q&A’s with Jessica Qian and Trevor Gilllen

Athletes of the Week: Q&As with Jessica Qian and Trevor Gilllen

By Elizabeth Wagner and Jacob Dulaney

Jessica Qian

Q: What kind of role has golf played in your life?

A: It’s pretty crucial to who I am. Even though I haven’t been playing for that long, I definitely use it as an outlet just to express anything. I just go to the range and hit some balls.

Q: How has this season gone for your team?

A: We have improved by a lot. We did get some freshman this year, and in our conference and districts we have improved placement over the last few years.

Q: What do achievements (like state appearances) mean to you?

A: It really means a lot because I went my freshman year but missed out my sophomore and junior year. It was really hard mentally. And I’m proud of myself just for improving in that mental aspect.

Q: What are some of the biggest challenges of being an athlete in high school?

A: Time management, just dealing with missing school and having practice.

Q: What do you enjoy most about playing golf?

A: That feeling you get after you know you’ve hit a good shot.

Q: What are you most proud of in your high school golf career? 

A: Shooting a 77 this year at districts. It was pretty amazing. I was ranked sixth in the district, and our district is pretty tough so that was a big deal.

Q: What would you consider the highlight of your senior season?

A: Definitely shooting 5 over at districts. That was my best round probably ever. So it was a pretty big deal.

Q: How would you describe the culture of your team?

A: We’re pretty positive and we all stick together.

Q: How would you describe your relationship with your teammates?

A: I think we’re pretty close. We’ve never had any issues. While I was at state they all checked up on me and that really meant a lot.

Q: Looking back on our four seasons, how do you feel leaving your high school career behind?

A: I’m pretty satisfied, of course I wish I had made it to state all four years but it has already happened. I’m just hoping I will be able to play in college.


Trevor Gillen

Q: How did you react when they asked you to be pulled up to varsity?

A: Well when they first asked me I was a bit surprised and also real happy because I’ve worked hard to get pulled up by staying after practices to work on fitness.

Q: What is different for you between the varsity and JV level?

A: Almost everything is completely different because the play style is much faster, the opposition is a lot bigger and quicker and the tension is higher because in JV you have time to think on what to do when you get the ball, but on varsity you need to know what you’re going to do before the ball is even passed to you.

Q: What do you enjoy most about the varsity level?

A: I like that I’m playing with players and teammates that can provide a challenge to me in practice and in games they are helping me become a better player.

Q: What is your favorite moment from varsity so far?

A: My favorite moment would have to be the first time I started a varsity game which was against Timberland and I remember Adam Shine saying to me as I passed him ‘first varsity start equals first varsity win.’

Q: How did your peers react to you being on varsity?

A: Honestly I think people kinda just found out and might’ve been surprised when they found out but I don’t really talk about being on varsity with people.

Q: Who has helped you the most to get to where you are now?

A: Coach Olwig. He really pushed me in my fitness and he held high expectations for me in all of the JV games and pushed me in practices to get me on the varsity level.