Introducing Bridget Novatney – A Remarkable Scholar and Tennis Star!

We are delighted to introduce Bridget Novatney, an exceptional individual and the esteemed recipient of the prestigious Kelli Joy O’Laughlin Memorial Scholarship. Bridget’s journey at Hinsdale Central High School in Hinsdale, IL, has been nothing short of remarkable, showcasing her unwavering dedication to both academic excellence and athletic prowess.

Growing up as the middle child between two brothers, Bridget developed a deep passion for sports from an early age. She explored various athletic pursuits, including baseball, soccer, softball, basketball, cross country, and dance. However, it was on the tennis court where Bridget truly found her calling. Completing her fourth Varsity tennis season, she achieved extraordinary milestones, including a State Team first-place trophy and an individual 3rd place medal in doubles. Her remarkable skills have earned her recognition in USTA Tennis Illinois Ranking (Top 20), Midwest Ranking (Top 50), and National Ranking (Top 400). Bridget’s dedication to her craft is evident through her rigorous training schedule of 3-4 days per week, coupled with regular tournament competitions. Her achievements in tennis serve as a testament to her perseverance, determination, and unwavering commitment to excellence.

Beyond her athletic achievements, Bridget is an active member of her school community and a true advocate for kindness and inclusivity. As a member of the National Honor Society, she has exemplified academic excellence while demonstrating outstanding leadership qualities. Additionally, Bridget’s involvement with HCS Family Services and her role as a board member of Peer Buddies showcase her commitment to making a positive impact in the lives of others. Her genuine love for people and her willingness to go above and beyond to help others have left an indelible mark on her peers and the community.

In her essay, Bridget beautifully expressed the importance of kindness in making a difference. She highlighted her daily efforts to brighten someone’s day, whether through a genuine compliment, assisting an Adaptive PE student in yoga, or helping a friend grasp a challenging physics problem. Bridget’s commitment to spreading kindness aligns perfectly with the spirit of Kelli Joy, who was known for her infectious kindness and compassion.

Bridget’s outstanding character and achievements have been widely recognized by her coaches and mentors. Her tennis coach admires her exceptional leadership skills and praises her for being the glue that keeps the team running smoothly. Bridget’s ability to lead by example and let her hard work speak for itself has made her an invaluable asset to the team.

As a recipient of the Kelli Joy O’Laughlin Memorial Scholarship, Bridget joins a distinguished group of individuals who embody the values of kindness, resilience, and dedication to the community. Her exceptional academic achievements, outstanding athletic abilities, and unwavering commitment to making a positive impact make her an inspiration to all.

We congratulate Bridget Novatney on this well-deserved recognition and wish her continued success in all her future endeavors.

See Bridget introduce herself at our golf outing.