Maryellen '19 models what it means to Be a Husky.

Student Spotlight: Maryellen Leach ’19

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Maryellen Leach doesn’t love New Hampton School just because it’s in the family; although, it helps that she shares her experience with two family members. Maryellen joined New Hampton in the fall of 2015 during her brother Mark’s senior year. Both came as boarding students from Londonderry, New Hampshire. Mark ’16 helped his younger sister learn the ropes when she first arrived as a freshman. When Mark arrived, his father Mark, Class of 1980, also served as a resource for him as he acclimated to boarding school.

While their father’s experience as a student and alumnus first led Maryellen and Mark to look at New Hampton School, it was also the community they encountered on campus that truly made them feel at home. They felt it was the best place for them to live and learn.

“My favorite thing about New Hampton School is the support provided to me and all students,” says Maryellen. Everyone is here for you whether it’s school work, sports, or emotional support.”

Maryellen with her advisory group on Foliage Day
Maryellen with her advisory group on Foliage Day

A Global Citizen

Maryellen plays on the women’s varsity soccer, basketball, and softball teams and is an active member of the school community. She is a talented and dedicated student, teammate and friend, and takes great pride in her role as a student leader on campus.

“I’m most proud of being a proctor in an underclass girls’ dorm. The younger girls truly look up to me and see me as a go-to whenever needed. It’s a great opportunity to be a leader in the community!” Serving as a house proctor in Rice House is just one of the ways that Maryellen leads her peers.

House Clean is an important community building event.
House Clean is an important community-building event.

Leading by Example

She seeks new challenges in athletics, in boarding life, and in academics. Maryellen is taking two International Baccalaureate classes (IB English and IB History) along with AP Calculus. Her advisor and house parent, Mrs. Kosakowski, is proud of her academic accomplishments. “Maryellen has made the effort to challenge herself greatly in her time at New Hampton, says Mrs. Kosakowski. “She manages a heavy workload with strong time management skills.”

In the house, Mrs. Kosakowski respects Maryellen’s presence and leadership. “Maryellen is often called upon during study hours to offer assistance to the younger girls in her house. She is the student who others know they can trust. She even makes the time to tuck my children in for bed on occasion! We are lucky to have her here at NHS!”

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