“Participation in three sports at Ponaganset High School served me to be the athlete that I am today."
Stephanie was a three-sport athlete on the Ponaganset High School and was a four-year varsity member of the Chieftains' soccer, basketball and outdoor track and field teams. She set high goals for herself on every playing field, guided by coaches and teammates who provided stability, support and encouragement along the way.
Stephanie excelled through every season, touting soccer honors such as first team all-state, first team all-division and team MVP selections four-consecutive years before capping her career as the Rhode Island Gatorade Player of the Year and a high school All-American as a senior.
On the court, Stephanie led Ponaganset to back-to-back Division I State Championship titles freshman and sophomore years, and became a first team all-division pick and MVP selection as a senior.
On the track, she continued to display her athletic prowess and versatility, setting school records in the 200 meter and 400 meter and earning first team all-division accolades in her third sport in a quartet of events, including the 100m, 200m, 400m and long jump. She also received consecutive MVP nods at the conclusion of her junior and senior years with the Chieftains.
But Stephanie's career would not conclude at Ponaganset. Rather, she went on to attend Penn State University, where she played soccer for the Division I Nittany Lions, also spending a season on the indoor and outdoor track and field teams. Stephanie performed well athletically and academically at State College, where she was recognized as an academic all-conference selection on three occasions. On the track, she became the team's top distance runner in the 800m and 1500m, and she worked tirelessly to earn herself a starting spot on the pitch.