Since graduating from DV in 2014, Grace Farrell is currently playing Division I field hockey at Bryant University.
Grace was a part of the 2013 team that won the District Championship, after beating the top seed Wyoming Valley West to advance to the district game, which is her favorite moment from high school field hockey.
Balancing field hockey with academics is tough, said Grace, but being a Division I athlete has helped to improve her time management skills.
“I never thought I would be doing a research paper on a bus trip to Maine but you have to roll with the punches,” said Grace.
Division I athletics can be challenging at times, but the memories made and the new people Grace met has made it all worthwhile.
“My teammates have become sisters to me because we spend so much time together and learn everything about one another.”
Grace’s favorite moment from college field hockey is when she scored her first goal and she, as well as her teammates, started to cry and the audience chanted her name.
Academically, Grace is thankful for DV and how it helped prepare her for college.
“It’s a really rewarding experience knowing that my high school education has helped me reach new heights in my academic endeavors in college.”
Her advice for high school athletes planning on pursuing a sport in college is to “make sure you are going somewhere that will challenge you and also fits into what you want to do post athletic career.”