Where Are They Now? Former SHS Student Athletes: Chapter 4

Hannah Lapeire speaks to her experiences at Stevenson, Purdue soccer


Sometimes a sport is nothing but a hobby: it is merely seen as a game that an athlete calls their own for a few short years. But other times, it is a lifestyle: an activity that follows an individual throughout their entire youth, as well as changing their life in the process. This holds true for soccer player Hannah Lapeire ’19, currently a Purdue University student playing in the Big Ten Conference. 

“I have been coached by great coaches that have helped me develop into a strong and determined individual which are traits I will use in my future life all the time,” Lapeire said. “I have learned lessons through sports about hard work and dedication that have shaped me into the person I am today.”

Lapeire was a former member of the Stevenson varsity soccer team, holding the title of captain during both her junior and senior year. During Lapeire’s successful high school career, she led her team to both one sectional and two regional wins, as well as receiving all conference and sectional honors throughout her career.

When reflecting on her experience in soccer, Lapeire said she fondly remembers the interpersonal connections and friendships she made. According to Lapeire, she also made personal strides in her growth as both a player and leader. 

Just as high school soccer provided Lapeire with the ability to expand both her skills as well as the love for her sport, so did playing at Purdue. Thinking about her current time playing as a member of a sports team at a higher level of athletics, Laperire reflects upon the lessons and experiences continuing on to college soccer has provided her. 

“College soccer has taught me so many lessons including perseverance, patience, and work ethic,” Laperire said. “I have loved every single player I have met, and they have made me love soccer and love playing for them. Practicing, playing and lifting everyday has been so fun and made me appreciate everything I have.”

Looking even further into the future, Lapeire said she thinks about her plans outside of college, as well as what direction she wants to take with her sport. While she is still open to continuing soccer, she has an open mind to other possibilities. 

“After college, I hope to work in public relations and communications for a professional sports team; I love the world of sports and feel I could be very successful surrounded by it in the future,” Lapeire said. “If the opportunity arises itself, I would not be opposed to playing post-college, but I still want to explore the world and find a career that I am passionate about.”