Where. To. Begin.
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. Piper’s list of activities and achievements is, in a word, prodigious. Currently an 8th 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 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 talent, 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 FIRST Lego League (FLL). In a male-dominated field, she was part of an all-female team of five who took 1st Place at the State level in December 2018. The team also received the FLL 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. Last season, her team researched water conservation and created a product that would not only remove stains but help clothing stay fresher for a longer period of time. I don’t know about you, but I made a delicious smoothie for breakfast this morning and felt accomplished.
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 award a Girl Scout Cadette 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 around the New Orleans Metropolitan area, and learned about shelter operations and 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, LA.
And with all of that spare time she has, Piper plays golf! She is a Birdie Level player beginning her 4th year as a member of The First Tee. “Golf challenges Piper,” says 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,” says Roth. “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 their lives and for all of the opportunities that they offer.”
Piper’s long-term goal is to earn a collegiate scholarship where she can put her drawing and math skills toward a degree in Architecture or Interior Design. She spends much of her free time sketching, creating digital characters on her laptop, and playing Roblox with her friends. Last, but not least, Piper LOVES cats and dotes on her two furry felines, ChiChi and Marty.