Photos by Spark Photography

Olivia Field loves her hometown.

A recent graduate of Francis Parker School, she grew up playing tennis and soccer in Jerabek Park and swimming at the Swim and Racquet Club.  “Scripps Ranch is a tremendous community,” Olivia said.  “When I see how the community bonds together, whether it is for Symphony in the Park, the Scripps Theatre or to help each other after a wildfire, it makes me proud to be a part of such a unique community spirit.”

That kind of pride shows through in the way she conducts her life as well.

[quote]‘By studying art in a historical context, it sheds new light on events and movements.’
~ Olivia Field, Scripps Ranch teen[/quote]

She is a member of the Cum Laude Society and a National AP Scholar.  Other recognitions include Best Documentary in the California History Day competition for her piece on Fred Korematsu, an American of Japanese descent who challenged the legality of Japanese American internment during World War II.  She also won bronze and silver medals in Le Grand Concours, a national French contest.

But winning the Francis Parker Faculty Scholarship Award was extra special because of Olivia’s feelings toward the school.  “It has a legacy of balancing academics, athletics, and the arts so that every worthy student can find his or her place and flourish,” she said.

It is evident that Field has developed her artistic side as well, playing both classical piano and guitar.  She loves music and started piano at five years of age and guitar at 12.  When asked about her favorite subject of study, she answered art history.  “By studying art in a historical context, it sheds new light on events and movements,” said Field, the daughter of Charles and Youngchu Field.  “Art is often a reaction to events and standards, and events sometimes are retaliations to art. To see how art and life evolve in response to each other is fascinating.”

After a trip to France at age 10, Field decided to study the language.

Field capped her high school awards and honors recently by being named the Outstanding Senior French student by the American Association of Teachers of French (AATF).   She loves the language as well as the culture, and she plans to minor in French when she attends Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in the fall.  Because she hopes to go into law or international relations, she believes that French will help her communicate with international delegates, especially since French is one of the official languages spoken at the U.N.