The years of hard work, long hours and relentless dedication came together this week for Newport Beach senior Olivia Laws.
The 17-year-old signed her college letter of intent to attend and play tennis at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina Wednesday at her school, Capistrano Connections Academy in Aliso Viejo. Olivia received a $13,000 athletic scholarship — half of her tuition costs — to play tennis for the university.
"It was just such a happy day for me," she said. "It means a lot to me. The scholarship just reflects on all my hard work over the past years … I'm just so happy to achieve that goal."
A nationally ranked tennis player, Olivia left Corona del Mar High School halfway through her junior year for Capistrano Connections Academy, a tuition-free, accredited virtual K-12 public school that gave her the flexibility to keep up with her academic work from airports or hotel rooms while she traveled for tournaments.