Rebecca Powell lets her numbers do the talking.
Ranked No. 1 in her class at Howard High, she maintained a 4.0 average all four years. On the Scholastic Assessment Test. Powell scored 1390.
She also lettered in 12 varsity sports as a senior earned All County honors in soccer while also excelling at basketball and tennis.
That laudable combination earned Powell The Baltimore Sun Howard County Female Scholar Athlete honors for 1994-95.
Quiet and determined, Powell led by example both in the classroom and on the athletic field. Her all-around excellence earned her a listing in the 1995 edition of "Who's Who Among American High School Students."
"What makes Rebecca the quintessential scholar-athlete is her attitude," said David S. E Glenn, senior counselor at Howard High. "This is an individual who has not let success go to her head. Friends, faculty and 4 teammates respect Rebecca not because she is an excellent student or a great athlete but because she is a caring, pleasant individual who is more than willing to help others and volunteer her time."
Despite her academic and athletic commitments, Powell still had time to serve on her senior class board as well as volunteer as a tutor and office worker for the Foreign Born Information and Referral Network, Inc.
Powell, who is headed for Dartmouth, had (few peers in the classroom.
Powell, a Nations Honor Society member maintained academic perfection this year with a full slate that included advanced placement classes in European history, physics and French as well as gifted and talented English. Over four years, she aced five advanced placement courses, 12 other gifted and talented courses and four honors courses.
A National Merit Commended Scholar in it 1994, Powell was a Maryland Distinguished , Scholar Finalist. She also won a National Council for the Teachers of English essay contest.
Powell started her athletic career by being named Howard's outstanding female freshman athlete. She just got better from there.
A smart player who could stay calm under pressure, Powell excelled at defense both at sweeper for the soccer team and at point guard on the basketball team.
A two-time All-Howard County soccer defender, Powell earned All-State honors her senior year. She was named second-team All County and second-team All-State as a sophomore striker.
In basketball, Powell held her team together. She set up the offense and kept everything running smoothly. Although she preferred to assist her teammates, Powell could score when she had to from inside or out. In her junior year, Powell helped the Lions win the state Class 3A title and shot 100 percent from the field in the two state tournament games.
"She is the epitome of the team player/team leader," said soccer coach Dave Vezzi. "Rebecca leads by example. I had total confidence in Rebecca. She never made a mental mistake or an error judgment and rarely made a physical mistake on the field. Her teammates always looked to Rebecca for on-field guidance, and she never let them down."