With the start of school, parents are dealing with a variety of new realities. Some kids are working remotely from home, some are returning to school with a hybrid style of learning. Some parents like Dr. Booker and Physical Therapist Lyn Stewart are seeing their kids start college!
Laila Booker got situated at Yale last week and Rebecca Stewart is now attending University of Chicago!
There’s never been a shortage of pride in Laila on this blog. She is a highly successful soccer player and will be on Yale’s women’s team. You may have heard fewer details about Rebecca’s achievements but they are mighty impressive.
Rebecca began team gymnastics at age 6, and also played recreational soccer, basketball, and ice hockey throughout elementary school. At the start of middle school, her gymastics performance got competitive. She was practicing 22 hours per week (five days per week)! She found success in the sport and was a multi-event Virginia state champion from 2014-2016.
By time she got to high school, however, Rebecca wanted a “more traditional” school experience, including being a fan in the bleachers at Friday night football games and attending social events.
But being the athlete she is, Rebecca started participating in three high school sports at Washington-Liberty High School in Arlington — field hockey, indoor track, and lacrosse!
In the first sport, she was three years varsity, and in her senior year was the leading scorer, team MVP, and an All-Region and All-District, and All-State player.
Rebecca was four-years varsity in lacrosse and in indoor track, and in her senior year was the track team’s MVP. She earned five gold medals at 6D regionals, and at state earned second place in the triple jump and fifth place in the 55 hurdles. Again, she received honors by being named an All-District, All-Region and All-State track athlete.
Rebecca earned the Lori Grimm Outstanding Female Athlete award at her school and was named 2020 Arlington Female High School Athlete of the Year by the Better Sports Club of Arlington. She earned a scholarship from the Northern Virginia Athletic Directors, Administators, and Coaches Association and is now running track at University of Chicago.
We wish both young women — as well as your children — great success in the coming school year!
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