Champlain Valley Union’s girls head tennis coach Amy deGroot describes Laura Andrews as a leader. More specifically she says, “Laura has earned the respect of her coaches and teammates by her ability to balance fun with hard work, modesty with high quality of performance, and friendship with towing the line. As co-captain of the tennis team she plays an important leadership role on and off the court. We look to Laura for her aggressive, consistent and savvy doubles play.”
Born on Sept. 28, 1993, Andrews has been a Shelburne resident her entire life. Her family includes parents, Trudy and Scott, three older brothers, Nathan, 30, Ian, 27, and Adam, 26, and a German shepherd named Remy.
Andrews recalls picking up a tennis racquet for the first time at the Burlington Tennis Club. “I played at BTC for a couple of summers,” she mentioned. “I think I was around eight.”
A four year varsity tennis player, Andrews explains her strength as captain. “We are an older team this year,” she began. “I see my role as welcoming the underclassman to the team and making them feel comfortable. Next year’s team depends on it,” Andrews shared. Those new to the team must be feeling rather adjusted because they began the regular season 6-0; winning three of the six in shut-outs.
During the season, Andrews doesn’t admit to having a personal tennis ritual, however, the team does. “Our team listens to warm up music to get pumped before every match,” she explains. “Plus we always have some good energizing snacks as well.”
In addition to tennis Andrews is a four-year varsity Nordic skier. She is also involved in Chill Upperclassmen Boosting Student Success(CUBSS), a mentoring program for incoming freshman, and has held a job at Champlain Orchards during the summers for as long as she can remember.
When asked about her greatest achievement, Andrews responds with a favorite high school experience instead. “As a senior I was selected, along with 17 other students, to go on a trip with my Spanish class to the Dominican Republic last February. We went to a tiny town up in the mountains called Los Marranitos and stayed for two weeks,” she explained. “We brought loads of books, school supplies, and clothes. We stayed on a coffee plantation called La Finca Altagracia, which was started by Bill and Julia Alvarez. We worked in the tiny school with the kids. They spoke no English but they were so excited to spend time with us,” Andrews continued. “Being immersed in their culture, even for the little amount of time I spent there, was enough to know that I want to do something like that again. I fell in love with all the little kids, and the spirit of the town. Everyone is family, and life is so simple; not easy but simple. That trip was definitely my greatest high school experience,” she said proudly.
Other high school highlights include being named prom queen as a junior and her recent college acceptance to the University of Vermont. Andrew’s college decision wasn’t as difficult as a specific area of study to pursue. “I don’t know what I might do. I like to read and write so I am considering history or English.” Either way Andrew’s seems unconcerned. And so she should be. If her college experience is anything like her high school tennis playing days, Andrew’s is in for a highly successful four years.