By Lindsay Tubbs ’18
Grace Weaver ’21 of New Market, Maryland, has a very clear vision of her future, aspiring to be a divorce lawyer in Miami.
“I just love the warm weather, and I figured that Miami is such a big city that there’s got to be someone getting divorced,” she explains. “Since third grade, my dad would tell me, ‘You’re gonna be a great lawyer, Grace,’ because I play devil’s advocate in a lot of discussions. I like to argue because I want to see different points.”
In high school, Grace had the chance to practice this passion through the mock trial club with her favorite teacher, Natalie Rebetsky, a 1985 Hood alumna who was in charge of the club. Grace joined and fell in love with it.
“One of the reasons that I was driven (to Hood) was Ms. Rebetsky,” she said. “I actually have her Hood ring. She said, ‘I don’t have a daughter, but you’re like a daughter to me, and you’re going to my school.’ And so I have it, and it actually fits my finger perfectly.”
As a student-athlete in soccer and lacrosse, she enjoys being close enough to home to have her family’s support at games. In addition, she is glad to be nearby while her sister battles a second round of Ewing’s sarcoma.
“I feel like it was everything working around me, pushing me here. And everything just fell into place, like this is the place that I need to be,” she said.
Grace never thought she would earn a prestigious scholarship, and she is excited to be rewarded for her hard work through the Chair of the Board scholarship.
“I was taught when I was little that you have to put in the work to get what you want,” she said. “I put in my work, and I was able to receive what I thought was never going to happen to me.”
The scholarship is a reward for her in more ways than one. “My junior year, my mom said, ‘If you get a full ride, I’ll take you on a cruise.’ I was not thinking it would ever happen.” Remembering the day that she got the news, “I opened the letter up, and I was just starstruck. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, it actually happened!’”
The cruise is planned for this summer, depending on her sister’s treatment.
“And if it doesn’t happen this summer, it might happen next summer. It’ll happen eventually. My parents say I earned it,” she said with a smile. In the meantime, Grace will continue to experience college life at Hood. “It has been a huge change; it’s very different than high school. But I think what surprised me the most was that I found so many friends so quickly, and how easily everyone was able to click. It’s just so nice,” she shared. “I feel like there’s a match for everyone to find their friend here at Hood.”
Pick up a copy of Hood Magazine on campus or view the latest issue online. Check out more stories from this issue at blog.hood.edu/tag/hood-magazine-spring-2018. Learn more about the Chair of the Board Scholarship here and about the other recipients at blog.hood.edu/tag/chair-of-the-board-scholars.