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Olivia Danielson '21

Johns Hopkins University

“The one thing that I always come back to with Norfolk Academy is the community. How connected everyone is and how friendly people are always strikes me.” 

Batten Leadership Program EDI Fellow, Varsity Tennis (Captain), TEAMS 

Favorite Refectory Meal: Chef Mike’s Soup 

Most Meaningful Activity 
The Varsity Tennis program has been one of my favorite extracurricular activities. I have met new people and bonded with them. Tennis has also taught me valuable lessons about myself and about life in general. 

Beyond the Classroom 
Field Day has always had a special place in my heart. Seeing all of my friends as well as the whole NA community, past and present, in one place and on one day reminds me how important community is, and how the NA community will always be with me moving forward. 

Inspirational Teacher-Coach 
Coach Acra has had the biggest impact on me both in the classroom and on the tennis courts. He has helped me find my voice and has also encouraged me to believe in myself more when playing tennis. Our conversations about the Miami Dolphins, tennis players, or just waving hello in the hallways always brightens my day. 

A Word of Advice to her Fellow Bulldogs 
Talk to new people, whether they be in your grade or not. Also, don’t be afraid to go talk to your teachers, even if it is just a simple conversation about how life is going. 

A Quick Word About Olivia 
“Olivia is persistent and determined. Whether she is tackling a complex scientific topic or a skilled athletic opponent, she does not give up, calmly remaining focused on the task at hand. She is perceptive, creative, and bright, using her purposeful and analytical approach when working through any of the myriad math concepts taught in her advanced courses. And she has a wonderfully positive and upbeat demeanor. Even when facing daunting odds, she believes in herself, and keeps an optimistic and centered perspective on things in order to overcome any obstacles. Olivia approaches life with a refreshing mindset, embracing challenges as opportunities for growth. It is therefore not surprising that she consistently finds ways to soar and thrive. Given her tremendous abilities and unquestioned integrity, it’s a foregone conclusion that she is destined for greatness.” ~ Mr. Brad Harlan, Olivia’s College Counselor 

The thing that most makes me a Bulldog is… my determination.