Sophia DiBatista, HFR ’13, CEC, ‘17
Transition during the middle school years often requires some adjustment. Change is difficult… or is it? High school senior and Holy Family alumna, Sophia DiBatista ’13, stuck to her mantra, “Keep your head held high and keep on trying!”
The poised eighteen-year-old, with growing pains of her own, dove into history class for solace. It became a subject area, along with English, that she would come to love. While Sophie considers herself a “jack of all trades” in subject areas, history continues to be an opportunity to experience the narrative of America’s past. She credits teachers at HFR who made all the difference.
Holy Family prepared the young scholar for high school, but interactions with the younger students truly left an indelible mark – perhaps on both the child and mentor. Bingo, coloring pictures of pilgrims, sharing first Friday mass with young protégés were, in looking back, defining moments. Sports also had a place in the DiBatista history book. The young athlete’s success in basketball, with a winning record of 14:2, eventually led to accolades in lacrosse as a goalie. With success comes pride – parental pride that is, and Sophie’s mother was no exception.
Practicing the Catholic faith has always been instrumental in this household and surely Catholic high school was part of the plan. Considering an all girls private high school, Ms. DiBatista quickly reversed her decision once catching the spirit at a Conwell Egan Catholic High School football game. She’s never looked back since. Sophie’s advice is to try everything, even a good book or two. Her favorites include “Of Mice and Men and “The Picture of Dorian Gray.”
Chasing a dream, this amazing young woman is heading to Ursinus College, a private liberal arts school to pursue a career in the Arts, specifically as an English major with a minor in Creative Writing. “They are tough fields, but I hope to be a novelist or playwright.” She reiterated, “I really want to do it!”
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