Hannah Stevenson honored for bringing greater recognition to women’s sports.
“Leadership isn’t a one-time thing. It’s a character trait that can be demonstrated anytime and anywhere,” says Hannah, this year’s honoree for Girl Scouts’ Women & Young Women of Distinction Leadership Award.
And Hannah should know. She is a leader in nearly every facet of her life. From the classroom, to the volleyball court, to her community at-large, she naturally gravitates toward leadership roles. A Girl Scout since the age of 6, being part of a troop provided valuable lessons in team work and advocacy that have molded her into the leader she is today.
An ambitious student, Hannah shatters stereotypes that assume girls aren’t good at STEM (science, technology, engineering and math). With dreams of majoring in engineering after she graduates from Perry High School, Hannah is in the STEM Scholar Program and takes advanced STEM classes. Her academic efforts are balanced by her love of volleyball. This is where she is most proud of her leadership, both on and off the court.
On the court, Hannah has helped lead her team to their first-ever State Championship tournament. Despite her team’s success, Hannah noticed a lack of support from fellow classmates and the community.
Off the court, she has stepped up to unite the volleyball community through her leadership and technological skills, aiming to bring greater recognition to girls’ sports. “In the past 20 years, girls have had more and more opportunities to play sports. However, the culture to support women’s sports has not caught up with the available opportunities. I want to help bridge that gap,” Hannah says.
To do this, Hannah led a committee to leverage technology, keeping students and the community informed about the volleyball team. She created a website, developed its format and works year-round to keep the content updated.
Like a true leader, Hannah has created a plan to ensure her impact lives on. She is teaching other students how to manage and maintain sites of their own, giving them the hands-on computer science experience needed in a STEM-centric world.
By setting her goals high and achieving them, Hannah leads by example. Along the way, she inspires greatness in others, and epitomizes the type of young woman that a Girl Scout can grow up to be.
“I feel honored to be selected as a Young Woman of Distinction,” Hannah says. “To me, leadership is more than being in charge. I try my best to be a leader in everything I do.”
To learn more about the luncheon, or how you can support girls like Hannah, visit http:// girlscoutsaz.org/wywd.