The Salem News
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Caitlin Harty has played varsity soccer, indoor and outdoor track for four seasons each. She is also a three-sport captain in this, her senior year. Yet those facts barely scratch the surface.
With remarkable speed and ability to create shots for herself, Harty is one of the greatest high school soccer players the North Shore has ever seen. She will graduate as Beverly High’s all-time leader in goals (138) and total points (180). She was the Northeastern Conference MVP and Massachusetts Division 2 Player of the Year this past fall, where she was also named All-Conference, All-State (for the second straight season) and All-New England. Having led the Panthers to their first-ever Division 1 North title as a junior, the three-time team MVP she had 48 goals and 13 assists last fall and scored a remarkable 98 goals in her final 44 high school games (spanning two years). She is also the reigning Salem News Player of the Year.
A three-time all-star in both winter and spring track, Harty is part of the school record 4x800 indoor relay team as well.
“Caitlin is a terrific student-athlete and best of all, a great role model for our underclassmen,” athletic director James Coffey said. “Many student-athletes in our freshman and sophomore classes look up to Caitlin and follow her example. Although she’s extremely accomplished for a high school student, Caitlin has remained completely humble.”
Academically, Harty is the No. 2 student in Beverly High’s senior class of 318 students and carries a sterling 4.6718 grade point average. She has received one A-minus in her high school career; the rest of her grades have been either A’s or A+. She is a member of the school’s Peer Leaders and Freshman Move Up Day and, as a sophomore and junior, took part in the Key Club.
Among her many awards, Harty is a member of the National Honor Society and President of Fundraising, won the Harvard Book Award, the Moynihan Lumber Student-Athlete of the Month honors and has been cited for Academic Excellence in Geometry, Chemistry, AP Chemistry, Pre-Calculus, U.S. History, Clay and Sculpture, Biology and English.
It doesn’t stop there. Harty has been involved in a myriad of community service projects including Walk For Hospice, Teens for Jeans, Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk, Good Friday Walk, Relay For Life and giving out dinners at her church to the homeless. She has also served as a youth soccer referee and worked as an office assistant at the Elite Detective Agency.
“Since Caitlin has strong beliefs about right and wrong, she always treats other people kindly. She has the highest respect from adults and peers alike,” Beverly High principal Sean Gallagher said. “Caitlin’s talent for being accurate and remembering facts and details is exemplary ... overall, Caitlin’s academic achievement over her four years are extraordinary and have focused on areas with strong personal interest.”
College you will be attending: College of the Holy Cross
What is your favorite book?: The Hunger Games series
What is your favorite movie?: “Pitch Perfect”
Who is your favorite singer or musical group?: Taylor Swift
What is your favorite website?: Twitter
What is your favorite class in school?: AP Calculus
What athletic feat are you most proud of and why?: “My soccer team winning the Division 1 North (title) in 2012. We were clearly the underdog, so the comeback win was a shock to many. It was also special because it was the first time in school history winning the title, surpassing (coach Kristin Simpson)’s own BHS soccer tournament run.”
Who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?: “My parents. They’ve always supported me, believed in me and set the best examples as role models by being kind, caring, intelligent people and student-athletes (Dad played soccer at Providence College and Mom ran track there).”
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: “I see myself working in the math or science field and possibly teaching.”