Senior Lea Thompson, one of this year's salutatorians, will attend the University of Iowa on an athletic scholarship and will play softball in college. At Scecina, she says, she learned the importance of service.
Each week the Scecina Student Spotlight introduces the Crusader Community to a current Scecina student who has been a recipient of the President's Academic Excellence Award.
By Cari Gallagher '93
Name: Lea Thompson
Grade School: Lebanon Middle School
Parents: Michael and Paula Byrd
Favorite School Subject: History
Favorite Quote: “Every day may not be good, but there is good in every day.” ~ Alice Morse Earle
Academic Honors: 4 Year President’s Academic Excellence Award Winner, 4 Year Scecina Scholar Athlete, ICC Academic All-Conference – Softball
Co-Curricular Activities: Varsity Softball, Key Club, Student Ambassadors, National Honor Society
As Scecina senior Lea Thompson prepares her salutatorian speech for graduation night, an appropriate title might be “Everything I need to know I learned playing Scecina softball.” Lea is a four-year varsity player for one of Scecina’s most successful athletic programs.
“While at Scecina I have had the opportunity to play for and win a state championship, win two city softball championships, and win our conference four times,” Lea says. “These opportunities have made me a better person on and off the field. I have learned effective time management, sportsmanship, leadership skills and more.”
These important life lessons learned through softball have translated into success in other aspects of Lea’s life. Academically Lea has thrived in the diverse, college prepatory classes offered at Scecina. She will graduate with a 4.28 career grade point average. She is a co-salutatorian for the Class of 2016.
In addition to the athletic opportunities available at Scecina, Lea is grateful for the moments to grow as a servant leader. “At Scecina I have had some great service opportunities,” Lea says. “These opportunities have been humbling and have made me want to help others more often. I have learned the importance of service.”
As her senior year comes to a close, Lea is ready for the next steps on her educational journey. Softball is part of the plan, of course! Lea will attend the University of Iowa to play softball on an athletic scholarship. She also plans to crusade for gender equality.
Posted on Thu, May 26, 2016
by Beth Murphy