Bow High School
Bow High School
Setting the example for tomorrow’s stars.
As an elite athlete on the All-American Senior Game Watch List for lacrosse, Alexandra Larrabee gets noticed by a lot of people including the top experts in the sport. But from her perspective, some of the most important eyes on her performance belong to the younger athletes she mentors. An avid volunteer with a passion for improving the lives of the young people in her community, many of her volunteer hours are dedicated to supporting community youth sports programs including lacrosse, basketball, and field hockey. She spends countless hours officiating games, running clinics, and working one-on-one with younger players on skills development. “After working with a 3rd grader on her lacrosse skills, I asked her what she was planning to dress up for Halloween. She told me she wanted to dress up like her hero—me. These moments push me to always be a role model, have strong morals, and constantly work hard,” Alexandra says.
Alexandra developed her incredible work ethic early on. While she immediately fell in love with the game of lacrosse the first time she encountered it, it took her some time to build her own skills. “That summer I spent every day mastering how to catch and throw the ball.” Since then, she’s proven herself to be among the nation’s best high school athletes in the sport. However, she says, “I still spend every day working on different stick tricks all rooting from the same catching and throwing skills I mastered only a few years prior.” She applies that same drive in all her pursuits, including her honors classes, where she maintains 4.04 GPA, her position as Vice President of her class, and her role as a leader in numerous school clubs and activities.
Of course, even all-stars face setbacks and Alexandra is no exception. Sidelined by injury at the start of her junior year, she also faced two devastating personal losses nearly back-to-back. “I was feeling so unmotivated and so unlike myself. But I gave myself time to grieve and go through it,” she says. By allowing herself the space to heal physically and emotionally, Alexandra was able to get back into her routine. She devoted her time to becoming the field hockey team manager, cheering on her teammates, and helping with practice until she was cleared to play again. “I was now balancing these life stressors, moving on from the hardships, but also keeping them within me and taking the lessons learned to be the best person possible.” It is so often the ability to come back from adversity that defines true heroes. For Alexandra, she knows her experience will shape her future, drive her to continue to set the example for other athletes, and prepare her to play the sport she loves at the highest possible level.
“That little girl who fell in love with the game is still inside me. I cannot wait to play lacrosse on the highest stage.”
~ Alexandra Larrabee ~