Mary Sarah Olson | Our 2018 – 2019 Scholar-Athlete
Congratulations to senior Mary Sarah Olson, this year’s scholar-athlete. Recognized for her cumulative grade point average, varsity sports participation, community service, self-discipline, integrity, and leadership, Mary Sarah will be honored at the Annual Connecticut High School Scholar Athlete Awards dinner in May.
“Mary Sarah is a leader, an athlete, and an amazing student—the trifecta. When you meet her you’ll immediately know there is no one quite like her. She can manage many activities and responsibilities and never lose her smile. She will stop in her tracks if someone needs her, always willing to lend a hand, to make sure everyone around her is happy. And she’s so genuine that it’s infectious. Mary Sarah makes you want to be better, do better, and be kinder,” said Director of Guidance Kerry Alexander.
A member of the National, Science, and Math Honor Societies, Mary Sarah earned high honors all four years at Sacred Heart. A four-year member of the basketball team, she served as captain senior year and also played soccer all four years.
Mary Sarah was a four-year member of the Yale-New Haven Hospital Junior Board where she helped raise awareness about issues in the community and spearheaded fundraising activities for the Children’s Hospital. In addition, she was an active member of Student Council, serving as vice president senior year. She is also a member of Key Club, Earth Club, Math League, and Sister to Sister Club. As a member of Peer Connection, Mary Sarah chaired the Freshman Transition Program, providing peer counseling and organizing assemblies on current topics such as bullying. She served on the Charism Connection leadership team helping to spread Mother Clelia’s charism in the Sacred Heart community and also served as a Kairos Retreat leader.
In sophomore year, Mary Sarah was selected as the Sacred Heart Academy representative to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference (HOBY). As a junior she was the Academy’s nominee for the Connecticut Governor’s Scholar Award and at Honors Convocation she was recognized with the University of Rochester Xerox Innovator Award (the science, computer, and math faculty jointly select a junior who shows high motivation in innovation and information technology); she also won the coveted Princeton University Book Award. She earned a gold medal on the National Spanish Exam in both junior and senior year and was an AP Scholar earning 3 or higher on three or more exams.
"In my time at Sacred Heart, I've learned the value of perseverance and hard work both in the classroom and on the field and court. I'm grate to my parents, teachers, coaches, and my teammates and classmates, who have supported and challenged. me. The grit, knowledge adn confidence I've gained will remain with me as I shape my future and join the ranks of Excelsior women. "
Mary Sarah joins a distinguished group of young women at Sacred Heart—scholar-athletes who have taken on the challenge of our rigorous academic program while excelling in athletics. Always representing Sacred Heart in the best possible light, Mary Sarah consistently worked hard in the classroom, on the field and the court, and inspired her classmates, teammates, teachers, and coaches always to bring their best.