Being actively involved in sports, extra-curricular activities and excelling in academics made Stephanie Hadley love her high school experience.
She feels confident and well-prepared as she heads to college.
Sports was a big part of Hadley's four years at Hopkinton High. She was on the soccer, softball and indoor-track teams and was captain of all three. She has played soccer and softball since she was five.
Hadley feels that playing sports shows dedication and commitment and helps students attain balance.
"The sports schedule, with practices being at the same time every day, helped me get into a routine and I was able to sort out my workload," she said.
Hadley's extra-curricular involvement included being a member of Be Free (an anti-substance abuse coalition), a peer tutor on the math team, a Unite mentor to freshmen and her class treasurer.
She was also one of the 15,000 students nationwide who qualified for a National Merit Scholarship for being in the top 1 percent of the highest-scoring entrants.
Hadley was awarded the Principal's Leadership Award, the Female Scholar-Athlete Award and many departmental awards.
She is part of a church youth-group called Fellowship of Christian Athletes which is a national organization.
Four years ago, Ginny and Steve Burton started the Hopkinton branch for high school student-athletes. They meet twice a month to discuss how religion intertwines with sports and athletics.
Hadley's love of science and psychology has led her to Harvard University to study neurobiology and how the brain affects behavior. She hopes to become a doctor.
She is looking forward to meeting a diverse group of students there and living in Harvard Yard.