(Nature) + (Nurture) x (A commitment to excellence) = High expectations for Addison Peters.
The Boiling Springs High School senior has come a long way from her childhood memory of collecting rocks in her backyard to learn multiplication and division.
“I remember it was in elementary school,” Peters said. “My dad was helping me. We were having a little math lesson.”
From an early age, Peters developed a love and aptitude for numbers and problem solving encouraged by her father, Chris, who works in logistics, and her mother, Laurie Bodisch, who works in banking.
What Peters enjoys the most about mathematics is its decisiveness and how the challenge to find a solution can work to expand her scope of knowledge with real-world applications.
“There is one distinct answer,” the 18-year-old said. “It’s not up for debate. ... It’s either right or wrong.”
For Peters, who carries a grade point average of 101, taking a test or entering a math competition is an opportunity for her to push herself to excel. Her drive and initiative have made an impression on the teaching staff at Boiling Springs High School.
“Addison was a quiet leader in the classroom,” said math teacher Kristine Ahl, who had Peters for calculus both her junior and senior years. “I would often see peers gravitate to her for collaborative work and guidance in problem solving.”
“She has been a stand-out student ... who easily adjusted to exceed high expectations and master rigorous math concepts,” said math department chair Aaron Beardmore, who had Peters in both honors algebra and pre-calculus. “It did not take me long to realize that Addison’s success in my classes was not simply the result of her aptitude in math, but was also an evidence of her strong study habits and a commitment to excellence.”
Both teachers wrote recommendation letters for Peters, who said she plans to attend Franklin & Marshall College in the fall where she will major in business and play for the college's field hockey team.
“I’m looking forward to taking a lot of accounting, finance and management classes,” Peters said. With graduation less than four months away, she will cherish a lesson learned as a Bubbler at Boiling Springs High School.
“A lot of my teachers taught me it’s important to remember the big picture ... not just what is happening now,” she said. “It’s important to always keep track of your future.”
Peters already has a head start with her involvement the past two years in both Mu Alpha Theta (the National Math Honor Society) and the school’s Future Business Leaders of America chapter.
Her membership in the honor society has enabled Peters to participate in group and individual math competitions while the FBLA has given her a foundation on the basics of the business world she plans to enter. Along the way, Peters had to master the fine art of time management to keep ahead of her ambitions.
Peters started playing field hockey in the seventh grade and, as a senior, was one of four captains that shared the responsibility of managing the varsity team.
“We set the example ... encouraging the girls to continue to work their hardest,” Peters said.
The effort paid off with a 2016 team that advanced to the state tournament for the fourth consecutive year. The Bubblers lost in the first round in a 2-1 overtime game against Holy Redeemer High School in Wilkes-Barre.
“I love everything about it,” Peters said of field hockey. “It was a way that I made friends in high school. It really helped me to step outside of my comfort zone and become a well-rounded person.”
Peters was named a first team Mid-Penn Colonial Division field hockey all-star in her junior year and an All-Sentinel field hockey team selection in her senior year.
She was involved in fundraising all four years of high school and in teaching elementary school-aged girls how to play field hockey her sophomore, junior and senior years. Peters was active in a club field hockey team that won its pool in the National Field Hockey Festival.
Other activities have included chorus all four years of high school and participation her junior and senior years in the school’s Mini-Thon to benefit the Four Diamonds fund and its efforts to help children struggling with cancer.