Name: Hayley Kousoulas
School: Tappan Zee High School
Athletic accomplishments: This season, Kousoulas, a two-year varsity volleyball player, led the team in aces with 53. She was second on the team in digs with 157 behind her sister. According to coach Mark Stanford, Kousoulas was a defensive specialist who played every singlet set in every single match. She helped lead the Dutchies to a 14-4 finish and to the Section 1 volleyball quarterfinals. Kousoulas is also a two-year varsity softball player.
Academic accomplishments: Kousoulas has a 99.418 GPA. She’s undecided about where’s she’s going to college next year. She’s currently taking two AP courses this year including AP English Literature and AP Calculus and multiple honors courses. She’s a member of the National, Math, Spanish, History and Science honor societies. She’ll soon be a member of the English Honor Society. She’s a member of the Concert Choir.
School and community involvement: Kousoulas is a member of Varsity Athletes Against Substance Abuse and Students Against Destructive Decisions. Kousoulas is a member of the Leo Club. Kousoulas is a writer and Sports Editor for the “Tapress”, the school newspaper. She volunteers with the TZ summer volleyball camp over the summer. She also volunteered with Summer Super Stars STEAM Camp Counselor over the summer
Getting to know Hayley Kousoulas
The Journal News: How did the volleyball season go?
Hayley Kousoulas: It went really well. Our record ended up being 14-4 this year after all the games and we had really good chemistry this year.
TJN: Which was the first sport you played, softball or volleyball?
HK: Softball, I only joined the volleyball team my sophomore year.
TJN: What made you decide to join then?
HK: My younger sister (Madison) joined and after watching her, it seemed like a lot of fun. We practiced over the summer and then I tried out in 10th grade.
TJN: How much of an influence was dad (Dutchies softball coach Gene Kousoulas) when you wanted to play softball?
HK: He originally coached baseball so it was just a similar thing but then I started playing tee ball at like five or six and then stuck with it through little league, then trying out for middle school and high school teams. He was definitely apart of it but I think I kind of started on my own too.
TJN: Do you think you’re playing either of your sports in college next year?
HK: I think definitely volleyball. I don’t know about the school’s team yet but definitely intramural or club. I don’t know about softball yet.
TJN: Do you know where you’re going to school yet or what’s like your top three choices?
HK: No but some of my favorite schools that we’ve visited so far are Bucknell, Villanova and Amherst College. I just don’t know exactly where yet.
TJN: Any ideas yet on what you might want to study?
HK: I’m either leaning towards elementary education or statistics. Two very different things.
TJN: Why elementary education if you go that route and why statistics if you choose that as your major?
HK: So many of my family members are teachers so growing up in that environment, but I love working with younger kids. I’m a summer camp counselor too and I always ask for the younger kids. I tutor a fifth-grader out of school. With statistics, I took AP Stats last year, and I feel in love with the subject.
TJN: Were you always good with math?
HK: Yeah, my dad is also a math teacher. He kind of influenced that part too.
TJN: How was it working at Camp Superstars?
HK: I thought it was really benefitial if I want to go into teaching. You had to test into the camp and it was really smart kids. They learned for the first part of the day even though it was summer camp. Just like getting to work in the classroom really proved to me that I could do that as a living. I really did enjoy it. Getting to work with the kids really showed successful I could be if I really wanted to become a teacher.
The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete of the Week program honors students for their academic, athletic and community achievements. Each week a winner is selected from nominees submitted by athletic directors. Only seniors can be nominated, and the award can be won only once. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. Monday. The presenting sponsor for The Journal News Rockland Scholar-Athlete program is Gary Goldberg Financial Services.