Top Teens 2014

Bethesda Magazine's Extraordinary Teen Awards



(page 7 of 12)

The Farmer-Athlete

Dunchadhn Lyons

Senior, James Hubert Blake High School

Blake High School soccer coach David Edlow says having Dunchadhn (pronounced “Duncan”) Lyons on the team was “like having another coach on the field.”

That’s because the 18-year-old Olney senior, who served as captain, consistently sacrificed for the good of the team last fall—whether it was playing an unfamiliar position to help balance the roster, or staying after practice to take extra shots with the goalkeepers. He was a first-team All-County selection by The Gazette and earned honorable mention for The Washington Post’s All-Met team in 2013.

 What makes Dunchadhn truly extraordinary, however, is what happens when he gets home from practice.

“Most kids go home after practice and have something to eat and maybe watch some TV,” Edlow says. “What most kids don’t do after practice is go home and lift bales of hay or go to Irish-dance practice.”

Lyons lives on a working farm with his parents, and has won county and state recognition for his dairy goat showmanship. During show season, he wakes before dawn to feed and milk the 30 goats in his care. After soccer practice, he feeds and milks them again.

He served as captain of the Maryland State 4-H Dairy Bowl team in a 2012 competition focusing on dairy and agriculture that’s similar to TV’s It’s Academic, and was crowned king of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair in 2013.

When he’s not playing soccer or caring for goats, Dunchadhn is practicing at the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance in Silver Spring. He has danced since he was 5, when he became enchanted by a local performance of Riverdance, and has competed in two World Irish Dance Championships.

A straight-A student, Dunchadhn says all of his activities have helped him build the confidence to pursue his passions, even when they’re not popular among his peers.

“I don’t mind being different,” says Dunchadhn, who has been accepted into Stanford University and hopes to study engineering. “I think it’s important to do what you love and not really care what anyone else thinks.”—Amy Reinink

Photo by Michael Ventura

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Archive »Related Articles

Uncovering the "Lost Colony" in Bethesda

Near Macedonia Baptist Church, a black community on River Road struggles to reclaim its history

Shop Talk: Meet a Potomac Woman Who Sells Bright Leggings

Plus, what to wear to weddings and summer parties

Being Delaney Dunigan

The Kensington teen is busy with cheerleading, homework and hanging out with friends—things her parents weren't sure she'd ever do

A Bethesda Geriatrician Finds Inspiration From His Elderly Patients

Dr. Gary Wilks talks about hidden dangers, tough decisions and caring for older people
Edit Module

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Sponsored Content

Green Leaders Deserve To Be Recognized

Submit your nomination for the 2017 Bethesda Magazine Green Awards.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

More »

Stunning French Colonial

Potomac, $1,459,000

Beautiful Brick In River's Edge

Potomac, $1,029,998

Country Living In The City

Bethesda, $1,175,000

Stately Colonial In River Falls

Rockville, $1,065,000

One of the Best in Bethesda

Bethesda, $1,599,000
Edit Module
Edit Module

Profiles

Your Guides to Leading
Local Professionals

Edit Module

Talk With Us

On Social Media

     

Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags