Teen Spotlight: Bea Richardson
stats: 18, Junior at Saint James School
notable: Bridge Builders Alabama Member STJ Soccer Team MVP Birmingham United Soccer Association Member
quotable: “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”-Winston Churchill
her story: Bea is a soccer superstar at Saint James. She is on the varsity team and has received the title of overall MVP twice. Bea has also been named the offensive MVP and received the Captain’s Award. Last year, she made the All-Metro Soccer Team and also made the All-State First Team for 4A-5A schools. She was chosen to play in the annual All-Stars Week Game for the South team in July of 2018. When she’s not out on the field, Bea can likely be found working with one of STJ’s many student organizations, whether it be National Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society, or Mu Alpha Theta.
what’s next: “I would like to be a research neurologist to find a cure for insomnia because I personally suffer from chronic insomnia.”
PG (parental guidance) rating: “The support system in my family is the thing I am the proudest of. Sometimes we get upset with each other for a few days, but all in all, we get over ourselves and move on really easily. Each one of my family members, including myself, has struggled with pretty big obstacles in life, and the first person anyone turns to is a sibling, parent, or close relative.”
parents’ perspective: “There are so many things we love about Bea. First and foremost, she loves her family. She is a true sister, daughter, and friend. She is very protective and will be the first to speak up if she feels a member of our family is not treated fairly. We call her our Mother Hen,” shared Lisa.
parent-to-parent: “Start early! Make sure your kids have a solid educational foundation to grow on. Show them you care and that education and grades are important.”