Delaware Christian’s Harp aims for vet school
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Delaware Christian School senior Sarah Harp is looking at an additional eight years of school after she graduates this spring.
Listing 2020 as the year in which she expects to graduate has given her pause, she admits, but she is determined.
“I thought that is a long time,” Sarah said smiling.
Sarah will be attending Ohio State University at Marion for the first part of her college career, after which she plans to attend the main campus where she hopes eventually to get into vet school.
She plans to go into large animal practice, something she has wanted to do since she was 4 years old.
“I grew up on a farm. I’ve always helped with the cattle and horses. And grandpa has sheep, ponies and cattle,” she said.
Sarah said she would like to stay in Ohio, a goal that her career path should allow for.
“We have a hard time finding a large animal vet for us. It’s one field that’s really looking for people,” she said.
Because there is a risk of getting hurt working with animals, she plans to major in biology and not animal science, so she will have a broader background once she gets older or is hurt on the job. With biology, she can also teach, she said.
Sarah has experience handling larger animals. She has raised and shown cattle through 4-H since she was 9, and has shown sheep for the last four years.
Sarah said she likes cattle and sheep, but her favorite animal of all is birds, any bird.
“I love chickens,” she said, adding she has raised them since she was 5, selling the eggs for her college fund. Her college isn’t completely paid for, but she is working on it.
Her love of chickens has earned her the nickname Sage Chick, within the Single Action Shooting Society. After a neighbor got her father and brother interested in the sport, she decided to try it as well. She was only 8 years old at the time.
“The more I got into it, the more competitive it became,” she said. Learning to shoot two pistols, a shotgun and a rifle, Sarah has captured five world championships in competition in New Mexico.
“I like the rifle best,” she said, adding that the competition is fun because she is required to dress in period costumes.
She has not returned since winning the world championship in 2010 because with her sports schedule, there was no time to go. And now, “unfortunately this year, I need to get a job.” But, Sarah said, she still hopes to participate in local matches around the state.
Attending Delaware Christian since kindergarten, Sarah has played both volleyball and basketball for six years, run track for two years and played softball for three years.
“Volleyball is my favorite,” she said. She is not certain she can continue the sport in college, however. She said her major will be too demanding. She added that she has not ruled out playing her freshman year at Marion.
Her current course load also keeps her busy — she is taking marriage and family, government, English, calculus, anatomy and physics this year.
Mary Ellen Tobin is Sarah’s math teacher.
“Sarah is one of the most dedicated and hard-working students I have ever had. She is very bright, engaged in and contributing to the AP Calculus class. Her standards are set very high and then she sets out to achieve them. Leadership and service mark her years here at DCS. Sarah’s integrity and character are of the highest quality. I will really miss Sarah next year!” Tobin said.
Steve Hovda is the school’s Bible teacher.
“Sarah is an alert, highly disciplined, energetic student, who strives for excellence with every challenge. She seems to be driven from within rather than to rely on external motivation, making teaching her both enjoyable and mentally stimulating. She is not purely academic. Sarah’s ‘wheels’ are turning. She has held my feet to the fire on more than a few occasions. She will be missed for her classroom involvement, her student leadership, her athletic and musical contribution and her spiritual dimension,” he said.
Sarah is vice president of her class and on student council as well. Most of her volunteer work is conducted through school or 4-H, where she has helped at the humane society and the free store as well as with trash pick up crews.
With her small close-knit senior class spending time together when they can, including on the senior trip to Myrtle Beach, Sarah admitted it will be difficult to say goodbye to friends. But many are staying in Ohio, she said, and several will actually be attending Ohio State.
She also was able to meet new friends when she was selected by her electric cooperative to travel to Washington, D.C. with other students from around the country.
“It was definitely good to be thrown on a bus with people I’ve never met,” she laughed, “I definitely had a good time.”
Sarah offers the following advice to underclassmen.
“Don’t waste the years you have when you are younger. Enjoy time with friends, and put forth effort in things like sports and academics. You want no regrets. You can’t change these things once you are in high school.”
She talked about her own changes.
“I came into senior year emotionally not very happy to leave high school. The last night at volleyball was not good,” she said. “But I’m ready to leave now. I know once I graduate, my relationships with friends will change.”
Sarah is the daughter of Rodney and Elizabeth Harp of Sunbury.