Sophia Howard has been selected as Mamaroneck High School/ Daily Voice Standout Student-Athlete this week.
Sophia is captain of the Tigers' varsity soccer team.
Overview of accomplishments/achievements:
According to Head Coach Ron Blain, Sophia is one of the most dedicated student athletes that he’s ever coached. She’s been a leader both on and off the field. She is genuine, humble and well respected in the academic setting as well as on the field. Her passion for soccer is amazing; she is a relentless worker on the field. Sophia is a talented defender. She is skillful, strong in the air and sets the tone for the rest of the team. Her hard work coupled with her talent has made her one of the best defenders in the league. In the classroom, Sophia is taking some of the most demanding classes in the school, while maintaining an excellent GPA.
Q&A with Sophia:
What do you like to do in your spare time?
As a senior, my spare time is limited, but when I get the chance, I love to spend time with my friends and family and take dance classes. I have been tap dancing at a local studio, A Dance Studio Larchmont, since I was two years old and it remains one of my favorite ways to spend free time.
Favorite restaurant in town?
Encore—I love the Salade de roquette and Poulet roti.
Favorite subject in school?
OSR, or Original Science Research, is my favorite class in school as I get to combine my love for both science and math into independent study. I am currently working on an epidemiological research project, assessing the knowledge and attitudes of patients in clinics in Lesotho who are co-infected with HIV and Tuberculosis. I will compete in various competitions this school year, and hopefully get my results published in a journal.
What are some reasons for your success?
My commitment, hard work and the unconditional support from my parents, coaches, teachers, and teammates, have enabled my successes both academically and athletically.
Biggest influences on your varsity career?
The biggest influences on my varsity career have been my dad and my coaches, Sid Ings and Ron Blain. My dad introduced the game to me, taking me out to Flint Park to kick around on Saturday mornings. Once I began formally playing, Coaches Sid Ings and Ron Blain shaped me into the player I am today, investing their time and skills in my development.
Person you would most like to meet?
I would most like to meet Rosalind Franklin. Her work was truly revolutionary and I would love the chance to converse.
What do you see yourself doing in 10 years?
As of right now I plan to pursue a career in either medicine or public health. Thus, in 10 years I hope to have completed medical or graduate school, and to be working in an urban area.