DERRY — Amelia Graves wrapped up another impressive volleyball season, earning Eagle-Tribune All-Star honors for the second year in a row.
The Pinkerton Academy senior is every bit as good in track.
And every bit as good in the classroom, ranking 10th overall in a class of 787.
Tenth-year Pinkerton volleyball head coach Todd Royce said, “Amelia is the most positive girl you will ever meet. She knows how to pick everyone on the team up and turn any situation into a positive. I love being around Amelia.
“When she steps onto the court, she becomes one of the most intense players I have coached. She has a unique way of holding everyone accountable and being positive throughout. She adds a wide array of shots that gives her the ability to terminate the ball from anywhere on the court. She is an amazing young lady.”
She inherited the volleyball talents from mom, Fran Day, who grew up in Lowell and lettered in volleyball at UNH. Amelia was listed at 5-foot-9, but she said 5-foot-7 is more accurate. So track is probably a better college fit for Graves, who moved from Atkinson to Hampstead in 2013. The two-year volleyball captain was an Eagle-Tribune All-Star in track last spring. Her best 400-meter time of 58.78 placed her second at Division 1 States. She also stars in the 200 (26.74 personal best) and javelin (115-11).
If you want to see her compete, you may have to do it in the next few months. Graves is closely considering some schools which are anything but local.
Among them are Alaska-Anchorage (4,626 miles from Hampstead), University of Idaho (2,805 miles) and University of Edinburgh in Scotland (3,068).
Graves wants to become a veterinarian and many of these schools are for affordability and for her adventurous spirit. Edinburgh has an attractive five-year program.
“I’ve been in New Hampshire all of my life,” explained Amelia, who will turn 18 on Jan. 4. “I really want to experience the world. So I want to go far away.”
She’s gotten a jump on her veterinary career. Graves works weekends at the Veterinary Emergency and Surgery hospital in Brentwood.
She may not travel across the country or overseas. Bryant is another possibility. She won the Bryant Book Award as well as the Thurgood Marshall Book Award.
The Graves name is familiar to Astro fans and advance placement teachers.
Her brother, Calvin, graduated in 2017 and was an Eagle-Tribune All-Star in cross country, winter track and spring track. He’s an engineering major at Virginia Tech.
Sister Macy, a sophomore at Pinkerton, is a standout in soccer and track.
“She’s smarter than me,” said Amelia.
Oldest brother Stuart is at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona, where he plays soccer. He was a tri-captain and Eagle-Tribune All-Star in 2015. He just made the NAIA Soccer Scholar-Athlete team (minimum 3.5 GPA).
With her grades, job, love of hiking (she’s done 27 of New Hampshire’s 48 4,000-footers) and three-sport athletic schedule, there is very little down time.
She said, “It’s manageable. I definitely don’t get enough sleep. It’s all worth it.”