Sophie Yphantides was awarded the Eagle Scholarship for Santa Fe Christian Schools back in 2014. As a freshman, she spent her time as a violinist with the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra and playing on SFC’s JV basketball team. In her sophomore year, Sophie added another interest that requires dedication, rowing. “I was introduced to [crew] by my uncle, Bill Weber, who had rowed in college at MIT and later coached rowing at Harvard University,” recounts Sophie. “He and my Aunt Sue helped me find a club I could row at in San Diego.” The club she found is the San Diego Rowing Club on Mission Bay where she practices two-and-a-half hours a day, six days a week. Now, a senior, Sophie looks back reflectively, “Although a big time commitment, through rowing I have learned to push my mental and physical limits, developed discipline and made some of my closest friends.”

Sophie received seven Division 1 athletic scholarship offers and signed a letter of intent to row for Georgetown University. Being a lover of language since a very young age, she has studied Latin, biblical Hebrew and speaks French, Spanish, Mandarin, and Greek fluently. “I have had Georgetown University at the forefront of my college goals since middle school. At the time, I wanted to study linguistics for which Georgetown has a strong majors program. However, my interests in the past few years have shifted more internationally,” states Sophie.

Two international mission trips greatly impacted Sophie. The most recent trip to Israel confirmed her desire to study international relations and minor in middle eastern studies and Arabic.  She hopes to study abroad in Israel while she is at Georgetown. “I am so thankful to Mr. Strimple and Mrs. Huey who have provided a great deal of collegiate guidance and encouragement throughout this long process!”