Scholar Athlete: Elizabeth Brown

For Hardaway senior Elizabeth Brown, tennis is pretty much in her blood.

“I have lots of cousins, aunts, and uncles that have played tennis so it was kind of a natural fit for me to pick up a tennis racquet,” said Brown.

It’s a sport she’s been playing since the age of ten, and for the last four years has played for the Hawks varsity team.

“She’s the type of player that makes the team better and makes me a better coach, and that’s all you can ask for,” said Hardaway tennis coach John Franco.

For Elizabeth, tennis is more than just an extra-curricular activity.

“It’s required me to stop and focus on the court,” said Brown. “I’ve learned how to take that into the classroom so that when I’m taking a test, I can concentrate on just that test at that moment.”

Which is important for Elizabeth to learn since she’s a part of the IB program at Hardaway.  It’s a rigorous prep program available to high school students before they head to college, one that’s both time consuming and challenging.

“Every day there’s something to do whether it’s working on an assignment that’s due that night or a test that’s coming up in the next couple of days,” Brown said. “There’s no cramming the night before a test. I know that if I want to do well, I have to take the time each night and work on something.”

But that hard work has paid off. Elizabeth currently holds a 4.0 GPA and is involved in several activities like the Beta Club and the Spanish Honor Society. She’s also a part of the CORTA junior teen council and her work with Special Olympics has encouraged her to pursue something along those lines in college. While she’s working hard in preparation for her studies at the University of Georgia, she’s happy to see the progress she’s made as a student athlete.

“It’s definitely something to be proud of,” she said. “It’s one thing to excel in school or on the court, but I’m proud to say I’ve done well in both fields.”