Hyde Park Seniors are making plans to step out of the HP hallways and enter outstanding universities across our nation. Take a look at a few of the roads ahead for the HP Class of 2018.

Rachel Wood Class of 2018

Optimist International is one of the world's largest service club organizations providing a positive vision for today's youth. Every year, the Optimists sponsor an essay contest on the club, district, and national level. The Manchaca Optimist Club sponsored the scholarship contest to give high school students, throughout the city of Austin, the opportunity to write about their own opinions regarding the world in which they live. Optimists International has chosen Rachel Wood as this year's Winner of the Austin Optimist Club College Scholarship for her weighty words in contemplating the phrase "Chasing Optimism in the Face of Challenge." Congratulations to senior, Rachel Wood. Rachel’s essay is posted below.

Grace Rich Class of 2018

Grace first came to Hyde Park in kindergarten before taking her talents elsewhere. Fortunately for Hyde Park, she returned in 9th grade and has been a stand-out student-athlete ever since. Grace has been a member of the Varsity Volleyball team for her entire high school career and served as the captain of this year’s team. She has received multiple district and state level awards, including 1st Team All-District, 2nd Team All-State, and Academic All-State.
Additionally, Grace has played on the Hyde Park Varsity Soccer team for three years. In 2017 she was awarded 1st Team All-District Goalie and Defensive MVP for Hyde Park. Last season Grace and the team advanced to the second round of the state playoffs.
Beyond Hyde Park, one of Grace’s greatest passions is serving at Wadi Sports Camp, a Christian ministry outside of Cairo, Egypt. She has coached volleyball and developed relationships with countless campers over the past three summers. Grace has fallen in love with the people of Egypt and enjoys sharing with them the love and hope of Jesus. She enjoys serving others and has traveled to Costa Rica, Haiti, and New York City on various mission trips.
This fall the Hyde Park administration selected Grace as its nominee for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award, which is given based on athletic, academic, and service excellence. Grace has garnered attention from collegiate volleyball coaches around the country and recently committed to attending Mississippi College to continue her career as a student-athlete.

Kate Heston

Q: What universities have you been accepted to and what are your plans for next year?
I have been accepted to CSU and Iowa as of right now, but am still hearing back from four others. I have no clue what my plans are next year, but I am considering staying in Austin or going out of state.
 
Q: What advice would you share with incoming freshmen at HP?
Find your people and stick with them. Trying to be good friends with everyone and make everyone happy can be a workout, so find the people who love you best and be yourself at all costs. Also, get good grades freshman year. It will influence you throughout the rest of high school. 
 
Q: What was your first year at Hyde Park?
My first year at HP was 9th grade.
 
Q: What is one extracurricular activity that you will remember?
Soccer. I have been captain for two years, and I have developed a great relationship with my coach and the other players. We always have fun, but we’re always pretty good too. It is such a long season and it is my favorite part of the year.
 
Q: Why are you confident to head out of state to attend college?
My family moved last year to Iowa, and I have been on my own ever since! I am incredibly independent, and I can’t wait to use that independence to learn about new places.
 
Q: What additional thoughts would you like to share about HP?
Hyde Park has provided the best community in sports, in the classroom, and with the teachers. Teachers especially make this place amazing, and it has been awesome getting to know these people. 
 
Q: What teacher and/or class impacted your senior year?
My junior year I hung out in my English teacher’s room before and after school every day: Ms. R. However, she left my senior year and I was really sad. This year, however, I took Calculus BC. My class has turned into my family because there is only 9 of us, and Ms. Sierra is my best friend, school mom, and a huge role model in my life. This class, although double blocked, is by far the best part of my day. Especially since Ms. Sierra teaches us. Not only does she teach us Calculus, but she gives us advice and shares her life and testimony with us too. I think that is awesome. 
 
Q: “I will always remember…”
I will always remember my kind teachers and close friends. My friends and I started a dinner club that went on for two years where we played board games, made dinner, and hiked. These are probably, to this day, my favorite memories I have ever made in high school.

Q: What is an activity at HP that provided confidence for your college years ahead? 
Probably my teachers. I know that is not an activity, but they really have pushed me and encouraged me to do my best. They also convince me that I am capable, which I struggle to remember. 

Q: What extracurricular were you involved in at HP?
YoungLife, Musicals, Plays, Soccer, Youth and Government, NHS

DJ Bolger Class of 2018

DJ Bolger came to Hyde Park in the middle of his sophomore year. Although he arrived mid-year, he made an immediate impact as both a student and an athlete. DJ is a standout athlete in 4 sports, including football, basketball, track, and golf. As a junior, he was named the captain of the basketball team and earned Honorable Mention for his performance, as well as All-District honors as quarterback in football. As a senior DJ has excelled on the football field, leading the Panthers to a spot in the State Semi-finals. His teammates named him captain during his senior year. Head Football Coach Chuck Peterson says DJ is an effective leader who can rally his teammates and possesses a remarkable work ethic both on the field and in the classroom.
Outside of Hyde Park DJ dedicates his time to Community First, a service organization that helps the chronically homeless better their living situations. In addition to providing clothing and shelter to the people he serves, DJ helps equip them with skills to gain employment. DJ has traveled to Nicaragua and will serve in Jamaica this year as part of the GoWeek team.
This fall the Hyde Park administration selected DJ as its male nominee for the Wendy’s High School Heisman award, for which he was named a school winner. As a junior, he was also selected for the Coach Monty LaBay Endowed Memorial Athletic Scholarship, an annual award at Hyde Park that recognizes athletic achievement. DJ plans to play football in college and is currently receiving interest from UTSA, Baylor, Brown, and Colorado.

Catherine Moorhead

Q: What universities have you been accepted to and what are your plans for next year?
I have been accepted to A&M, OSU, and Baylor, and have signed to the Baylor Equestrian Team for class of 2022. I plan to study Public Relations and Entrepreneurship at Baylor’s Business School. 
 
Q: What advice would you share with incoming freshmen at HP?
Try your best but don’t stress because God’s plan will ALWAYS prevail, no matter how much we stress or try and plan. 
 
Q: What was your first year at Hyde Park?
Kindergarten
 
Q: What is one extracurricular activity that you will remember?
Varsity Basketball, senior year with Coach Bruce 
 
Q: Why are you confident to head out of state to attend college?
I’m not going out of state- but if I was- I’d be confident about where I’m going because I know God would want me there. 
 
Q: What additional thoughts would you like to share about HP?
I’m honestly so thankful for Hyde Park- every single year, my teachers have positively impacted my life and kept me encouraged and always loved on me. HP’s atmosphere is seriously so unique compared to other places. I’m close with the faculty and am so thankful for their encouragement and love every single day! 
 
Q: What teacher and/or class impacted your senior year?
Stephen Bratcher has impacted my life with his teaching in apologetics and by modeling patience and passion! Apologetics has been my favorite class this year because it has helped me learn more about loving on nonbelievers and how to share the Gospel with them in a way that they can open their hearts and minds to. 
 
Q: “I will always remember…”
I will always remember GO Week. The experience of traveling and sharing the Gospel with your classmates and teachers is something I’ll never forget. Stepping out of the classroom to be the hands and feet of God in a place you don’t know helps you create strong relationships with everyone on your team and pushes you out of your comfort zone. The people of Managua, Nicaragua will always be in my heart. 
 
Q: What is an activity at HP that provided confidence for your college years ahead? 
Our bible classes! My foundation for my confidence in my relationship with Christ really became apparent to myself during Mrs. Turner’s 8th grade girls bible class. I know that if I have a good foundation in my relationship with God and dedicate time in college to my relationship towards Him, I’ll be taken care of. 

Q: What extracurricular were you involved in at HP?
HP Equestrian & HP Basketball! 

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