Kent Place is proud to announce that Yale senior Sophie Huttner — Kent Place Class of 2018 — has been named a 2023 Rhodes Scholar. Sophie, a global affairs major, is one of just 32 students out of a competitive pool of more than 2,500 selected for the prestigious academic program, which is hosted by the University of Oxford.
Proud to Be a Dragon
Margo D. '23, who came to Kent Place as a sixth-grader, plays volleyball, basketball, and lacrosse. Spend a few minutes getting to know why she's proud to be a dragon.
You moved from soccer to volleyball and are now captain of the volleyball team. What did you learn about flexibility and challenging yourself when you made this change?
I’ve learned to roll with the punches and never say the word impossible. With determination, self-confidence, and consistent enthusiasm, anything is possible. Sometimes growth may not be visible in how you play, but shows in your personality and your outlook on life. Volleyball has been an outlet for me to develop as both an athlete and a person, and I’m grateful for the community that surrounds me.
You’re a three-sport athlete, and many student-athletes worry about the time and commitment that kind of schedule would take: What advice would you give to someone on the fence about playing three sports?
It’s 100 percent possible, and you’ll learn the important skill of time management. Some of my tips would be to use your free periods, do your schoolwork ahead of time, get plenty of sleep, drink lots of water, and eat tons of food! It may seem obvious, but nurturing your body may be overlooked when you have other stuff on your mind.
When you think back on your career as an athlete at KPS, what will be some of the highlights?
What I’ll take away is what matters most: the bond I share with my teammates. My teams are my family — each brings out a different part of my personality, and I love that. I’ll always remember the triple overtime wins and winning division championships, of course, but also the long bus rides filled with laughter as we headed to an away game.
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve gotten from a coach or mentor?
I’ve always put a lot of pressure on myself to succeed and to stand out on the field or the court, but it would be unrealistic to say I’ve never had a bad practice or a bad game. My lacrosse coach instilled in all of us that it’s okay to make a mistake; it’s how we grow and respond to a mistake that has meaning. This advice has even helped me in my personal life.
This article is featured in the fall 2022 issue of Kent Place magazine.