For Enrico Fermi High School valedictorian Kerry Davis, the most rewarding moment of high school came not in the classroom, but on a field hockey green. During her junior year, Davis's varsity team made it to the second round of the state championship.
"Winning that first round was an unbelievable feeling," Davis said.
Sports have figured prominently in Davis' high school experience. She played field hockey and basketball all four years, captained the field hockey team for the last two years, and joined the softball team during her senior year.
But Davis is perhaps even more accomplished academically, earning a perfect 4.0 grade point average to top her high school class of about 280 students.
Davis is a chemistry enthusiast who says she is fascinated by the subject because it mixes hard science with artistic abstraction. She said she was inspired by her AP chemistry teacher William Schultz, who she said helped her understand the industry applications of theoretical chemistry.Davis will major in chemical engineering at the University of Connecticut.
Davis, who wants to stay involved in club field hockey and club basketball at UConn, said that athletic competition helps her to relieve academic stress.
"When I've had a really tough day, I love to go out there and just have fun. It keeps me going," Davis said. "Then I'm able to focus more when I get home."Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times