On the track, it's often runner against the clock with the final numbers being the only thing that matters.
Letting the numbers tell the story of Peabody senior Alex Barrett paints an impressive picture. She ranks No. 6 in the Veterans Memorial High Class of 2019, carries a 3.92 grade point average and scored 1360 on the SATs. Further, Barrett is captain of three sports, can compete in a half-dozen events and has tackled a multitude of Advanced Placement courses.
Still, all those numbers don't get to the core of what has help Barrett cement herself as one of the leaders of her school both athletically and academically.
"She has become a cornerstone of the Peabody community," guidance counselor Christina Prinzivalli said. "She's a highly motivated young woman with a strong work ethic that will remain with her for the rest of her life. She goes in extra mile because she is driven to succeed."
A National Honor Society member, Barrett's community service projects are numerous. She's volunteered spending time with senior citizens at Torigian Life Center, is a peer tutor and participates in Tanner Tandems, a program that sees runners push disabled children in races so they too can experience the thrill of running.
"Alex followed an older sister who was very talented and she made the choice to live up to those expectations," said Peabody girls track coach Tom Holleran. "She's used her drive and determination to make herself a great athlete and a great a student who inspires all the athletes around her, male and female."
Barrett earned an AP Scholar Award with distinction as a junior. She's received Peabody's John and Abigail Adams Scholarship, Outstanding AP European History award and St. Michael's Book Awards.
"Alex is one of the most exceptional students I've ever taught. She works hard and challenges herself," said social studies teacher Brian Pedersen. "Additionally, she's a very caring person who strives to make our school a better place for all students."
Sharing her passion for sports by volunteering with the middle school's Olympiad program, Barrett has no shortage of time to help show young Peabody students what they might expect when they're in her shoes one day.
College you will be attending: Trinity College
What is your favorite book?: "Unbroken" by Laura Hillenbrand
What is your favorite movie?: "Bohemian Rhapsody"
What is your favorite singer or musical group?: Coldplay
What is your favorite app?: Instagram
What is your favorite class in school?: AP European History, which I took last year
What athletic feat are you most proud of ?: Being a Salem News all-star this past fall for cross country. Sophomore year was a strong running year, but junior year didn’t go as well as planned. Finally being able to put in hard work and seeing how it paid off my senior year was an unbeatable feeling. The time put in was reflected by my racing times finally.
What does being a leader among your peers mean to you?: It's a very important task. Being the upperclassmen, it’s our job to guide the younger grades on the right path, so it’s very important that we take it seriously. Being a leader is a necessary effort towards forming a great group of students. Someone who leads needs to do what’s right, not what everyone thinks is the better option. In the end, the person able to do that is a true leader to their peers. A leader is someone who guides and helps, something I hope I've become over the years at my high school.
Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?: I see myself hopefully with a college degree in engineering and having a steady job in engineering. Obviously, my life isn’t planned out at all, I just hope in 10 years I’m still working hard for my goals and making memories. One thing I can count on is that I'll be living life to the fullest, doing as much as I can to help the surrounding world so they can live a full life.
What’s something most people don’t know about you?: I'm afraid of the future, and sometimes it’s what keeps me up at night. I just don’t like the unknown and all the possibilities. I wish I could see the future — but I also don’t want to or life would be boring.