The Faces of The First Tee March 2019 Piper Hall

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Faces of The First Tee Piper HallWhere To Begin…

Step Aside Elon, Here’s Piper Hall 

We are not sure if Piper Hall is aware that there are only 24 hours in a day. In fact, we’re not totally convinced that she hasn’t invented a couple of extra hours that she keeps hidden from the rest of us whilst waiting for the patent. Piper’s list of activities and achievements is, in a word, prodigious. Currently an eighth grader in the gifted program at Boyet Junior High School, Piper is a member of:

                • the National Junior Honor Society
                • the 4-H Club
                • the Academic Olympics Team
                • the MathCounts Team
                • and is a Cadette Girl Scout

Piper is also a student in the St. Tammany Parish Public Schools Talented Arts Program with a concentration in both Visual Arts and Theater. Affirming her chops, triple threat Piper was cast in the lead role of Slidell Little Theatre’s production of Annie in the fall of 2018.

Piper is a highly decorated competitor in the STEM-driven For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) LEGO League. In a male-dominated field, she was part of an all-female team who took first place at the state level in December 2018. The team also received the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award for inventing a consumable to reduce the effects of radiation on astronauts while in space. She will travel to Houston in April to compete against 70,000 people from around the world – plus 1,300 robots – at the 2019 FIRST Championship.

As a Cadette Girl Scout, Piper earned the Silver Award (with fellow First Tee participant Ariana Blagrove) in April of 2018. The award is the highest a Girl Scout can earn, and is given for completing a multi-step, generative community service project. Piper’s troop collected and distributed donations for several homeless shelters in New Orleans and learned about shelter operations and their dependence on the community. To complete the project, Piper’s troop helped plan and build a vegetable garden at a homeless shelter in Lacombe. I don’t know about you, but I made a delicious smoothie for breakfast this morning and felt accomplished.

And with all of her spare time, Piper plays golf! She is a Birdie Level player beginning her fourth year as a member of The First Tee. “Golf challenges Piper,” says Piper’s mother Jennifer Roth. “She is extremely methodical in just about everything she does and she plays golf no differently.” Her family credits golf with her new-found perseverance and confidence. “Learning golf through the First Tee of Greater New Orleans has really helped Piper’s confidence both on and off of the golf course. If The First Tee had not started programming on the Northshore, Piper would not have started playing golf. We are thankful that The First Tee is a part of her life and for all of the opportunities that they’ve offered her.”

Piper spends much of her free time sketching, creating digital characters on her laptop, and playing Roblox with her friends. Her long-term goal is to earn a scholarship to apply her drawing and math skills toward a degree in architecture or interior design. Last, but not least, Piper LOVES cats and dotes on her 2 furry felines, ChiChi and Marty. A fellow feline fanatic, I believe it is this defining characteristic that qualifies her genius. Meow, Piper.

About The Faces of the first tee

The Faces of The First Tee is a new platform to recognize and award current participants who embody the criteria set forth in the Mission of The First Tee. The Faces of the First Tee demonstrate impeccable character, embody one or more of the Nine Core Values, and faithfully practice one or more of the Nine Healthy Habits. This award is not based on athletic ability, but rather a displayed grasp of The First Tee curriculum. This recognition will be awarded to one participant monthly for a period of 12 months (following the school year calendar, beginning in September). Advantages of being selected as one of The Faces of The First Tee include:

  • A professional portrait taken by New Orleans Snapshots’ photographer and First Tee of Greater New Orleans’ Board President Andrew Cohoon
  • A month-long, dedicated web site feature story including the portrait and a biography describing the criteria for which the participant was selected
  • A featured headline in our newsletters, Home on the Range and Tuesday’s Talk of The Tee
  • Social Media promotion on Facebook and Instagram
  • A certificate of recognition

Congratulations to those of you who have been selected as one of The Faces of The First Tee!

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