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ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Hannah Harris '19

ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT: Hannah Harris '19

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By Emma Grimes '18 / Athletic Communications Assistant

Hannah Harris '19 is remembered as being a directing force on the volleyball court and a player who helped lead the Covenant volleyball team to greatness. Now she is helping to direct in another arena: the world of journalism.

A recent graduate of Covenant, Harris is now working for World News Group as the associate producer for WORLD Watch. Before that, she participated in the World Journalism Insitute, which seeks to train and prepare Christian journalists and send them out to use their gifts for Christ.

Equipped with her BA in English and writing, Harris serves as an on-screen reporter for the WORLD Watch video program (worldwatch.news), a newly launched program for students. She also produces, writes, and edits scripts for the show.

Hannah Harris working with WJI She has even spent some time coaching for the JV volleyball team at her high school.

Harris remembers her time at Covenant well and credits the school with helping prepare her for her career.

"Covenant taught me to think critically and compassionately and to seek truth, both of which are valuable in reporting," said Harris. "As a journalist, I am often confronted by the confusion of our fallen world, so I am immensely thankful for Covenant's focus on the preeminence of Christ in all things."

In her four years here, the team was nearly unstoppable. From the 2015-18 seasons, the Scots won four USA South regular season championships, two USA South Tournament championships (2015 and 2017), and made two NCAA tournament appearances (2015 and 2017). 

Harris was also a crucial member of perhaps the best team in school history. In her junior season of 2017, the team made it to the second round of the NCAA tournament, making them the first Covenant team ever to do so. The team was 25-8 on the year with a .758 winning percentage.

Individually, Harris was a standout student-athlete. In her time at Covenant, she racked up All-USA South honors twice and USA South All-Academic honors all four years. She ended her career with 732 kills, eighth-most in program history. 

Perhaps her most outstanding accomplishment, however, was her performance in the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

Harris played a critical part in the Scots' postseason success, making an astounding 17 kills and six blocks in the first round of the tournament, giving them the first NCAA tournament win in Covenant's history. Though they lost in the second round, she racked up another 18 kills, breaking her previous career-best she had set just the previous day. Harris ended the year with 266 kills and had 10 matches with double-digit kills.

In her time on the mountain, Harris recalls many fond memories of being a part of the volleyball program. Her favorite season was the remarkable 2017 year, along with all the upsets, comeback wins, and record-breaking moments. Harris also credits much of her time at Covenant to her coaches.

"[The] coaches deeply cared about their players, not just in the gym, but in the classroom, in our relationships, in our home lives, and even in our post-college lives," Harris emphasized. "Our coaching staff encouraged us to focus on showing up for the teammate next to you -- to work hard and play selflessly because your teammate is doing the same thing."

While Harris was greatly valued and did amazing things while playing for the Scots, she esteems Covenant at an even greater value. 

"As a student-athlete at Covenant," continued Harris, "I learned to work well with a team, communicate, think analytically, learn from mistakes, stay focused under pressure, and see a task through to the end. Covenant Athletics also taught me to work hard and use my abilities to glorify God. These lessons have also shaped how I coach and in other areas of my life outside of volleyball."

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