Erin Ahearn, a senior at IHA, is the epitome of an IHA girl. Described by her friends as honest, tenacious, and hard-working, she is extremely well-rounded and has played a major role in the academy’s academic, athletic, and extracurricular spheres; being a member of the IHA cross country and track and field teams, the National Honor Society, ORB, and Peer Mentoring. Her most defining experience at IHA is her involvement in the cross country and track and field teams, culminating itself in her recovery from an ACL tear in the February of freshman year to her rise as a captain for the cross country team this past fall. Erin had this to say about her time on the track for IHA: “Running for the IHA Cross Country and Track teams has greatly shaped who I am today. I can’t imagine my four years without having experienced the discipline, friendship, commitment, hard work, and sacrifice that is all a part of running for such an amazing team. I have learned life lessons that I never would have learned in a classroom and I will carry them with me for the rest of my life.”
Next fall Erin will be attending the College of the Holy Cross and running for their cross country team. Erin is going in as an undecided major, and much like the rest of her classmates on the topic, she said, “What I love about Holy Cross is everyone goes in undecided. At 18, I am interested in way too many things to really be able to narrow down what it is that I want to do for the rest of my life. I don’t know what kind of opportunities are out there. I am ready to get a strong liberal arts education that will guide me in realizing my strengths to better prepare me for whatever future awaits.” We wish Erin the best of luck in her future endeavors with a firm belief she will find success and happiness. There will always be a home for her at IHA.