The list of accomplishments made by Olivia Costello’20 is seemingly endless. Through her commitment to academics, athletics, and service, Olivia has proven what it means to be a true IHA girl.
Academically, Olivia challenged herself at IHA by taking various AP classes including AP Calculus AB and BC, two of the highest level math courses offered. Though challenging, Olivia noted that these classes were her favorites. Mrs. Kearns commented on Olivia’s work ethic and said, “Olivia’s grit and determination to succeed really impressed me! Not only is Olivia a hardworking and committed student, but she has the rare ability to smile through the best and the most difficult of times.” Olivia’s academic achievement earned her membership in the National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, and Rho Kappa Social Studies National Honor Society.
Additionally, Olivia participated as a member of the varsity golf and ski teams at Immaculate Heart. She insisted that her commitment to both teams helped her create everlasting memories. “I had the best times at practices and tournaments and meets with all of my teammates,” Olivia recalled.
While balancing academics and athletics is already difficult, Olivia has also shown an exceptional commitment to service. She is a three-time bronze President’s Volunteer Service Award recipient, completing more than 100 hours of community service in a calendar year. At IHA, Olivia served as an Eagle Ambassador, Peer Mentor, and Eucharistic Minister. She also received the St. Lawrence University Book Award, which was presented to a hardworking student who showed a significant commitment to community service. Finally, Olivia served as class secretary during her junior and senior years. “Olivia loves her friends and classmates and has proven to be a kind and sensitive class officer!” Mrs. Kearns shared. Indeed, Olivia’s character has been on full display for both teachers and classmates. Liv DuBois’20, one of Olivia’s friends, called her reliable and trustworthy. Liv said, “Olivia has taught me the importance of working hard in school while also making time to have fun with friends outside of the classroom.”
Olivia considers her time at IHA instrumental in shaping the person she is today. She said she will miss the familiarity of her friends, classmates, teachers, and the IHA community as a whole, but has learned many valuable lessons at IHA. “Do the best that you can and never compare yourself to the people around you,” she said. “Make sure to laugh and enjoy the moment, even when life is difficult!” Olivia will study math and business at Boston College next year.
Olivia, congratulations on all of your accomplishments at IHA. We wish you the best of luck in college, and look forward to celebrating all that you achieve in the future!
By: Katherine Cottrell’21, Staff Writer