Elizabeth Hardy kept busy at Hahnville High School – she participated in volleyball, band, Beta Club, National Honor Society, Interact Club and the Superintendent’s Advisory Council.
“I loved them all for different reasons, but I devoted most of my time to volleyball,” the Boutte resident and HHS class of 2021 graduate said, adding her athletic endeavors taught her more than just sports skills.
“Volleyball probably taught me most … I’m now 15 mins early to anything I show up to because of coach,” she said laughing. “I value disciple and accountability … there were just a lot of life lessons that volleyball taught me. But school taught me how to properly communicate … I used to be nervous to talk and ask for help, but I had to realize that those people are there to help me, so I learned how to approach adults.”
Hardy said she will greatly miss the people at HHS.
“What I’ll miss the most about high school is probably how I had a support system there,” she said. “I knew all the administrators and I knew a lot of teachers …. I was comfortable there. I wasn’t afraid to ask somebody a question. I just felt like I was supported.”
Hardy is poised to begin Southeastern Louisiana University in the fall where she will major in biological sciences. She plans to attend veterinarian school at LSU after college.
“I’ve always loved animals,” she said. “I’ve not always wanted to be a vet, but I always wanted to be a doctor.”
Hardy’s real-life exposure to veterinary medicine started after she began volunteering at the St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter in 7th grade. For the past two summers she has been employed there.
“Dr. Troxler kind of took me under her wing and showed me some ins and outs of being a vet,” Hardy said of St. Charles Parish Animal Shelter Supervisor Dr. Jena Troxler.
Hardy said she would love to focus on shelter medicine once she becomes a vet, and that she is looking forward to starting college. Her goal is to become the first person in her family to finish college – that is if her mom Dani Hardy doesn’t beat her to it.
Dani attended college in the past, but life circumstances have kept her from completing her degree. This fall she will resume online classes to work towards her bachelors degree.
“We’ll be starting together,” Hardy said. “We’re filling out the FASA together …. it’s pretty cool. My mom is probably my main support system.”