Hannah Rabb, a junior at Warrior Run High School, continues to celebrate her recent golf victory as she tours colleges and balances a heavy course load.

Rabb won the PIAA Class 2A Women’s Golf Championship on October 18, scoring 144 in the two-day state championship.

Warrior Run girls’ golf coach Rodney Keizer said this isn’t the first time Rabb has received a medal at the state level.

“Hannah is a three-time medalist in the United States,” Keizer said. “She was state champion this year and finished second her freshman year.”

Rabb said she started playing golf at a young age.

“I’ve been playing golf since I was five years old. My grandfather and my father played a lot,” she said. “They took me to an LPGA tournament in New Jersey, and then I asked to start lessons. I started playing tournaments when I was nine or ten.

Rabb’s dedication to the golf course, her academic achievements – including a 3.9 GPA – and her commitment to bettering the community are why she was selected as The Daily Item’s Scholar-Athlete of the Week, sponsored by SUN Orthopedics of Evangelical, as well as PPL Electric Utilities.

The award honors local student-athletes who thrive in the classroom, in the community, and on the playgrounds of the Valley.

Rabb remains dedicated to a sport that isn’t always easy, her coach said.

“Golf is a fun sport. One day it works, and the next day it doesn’t, but Hannah stays focused and works hard,” Keizer said.

Keizer said Rabb is not only a great athlete, but also a dedicated team leader.

“I would take a whole team of Hannah,” he said. “She is an excellent leader within the team, she is enthusiastic and encourages her teammates. She gives inspirational speeches before leaving.

Rabb’s commitment to success doesn’t end on the golf course, but continues in the classroom as well. Rabb said her schedule this year was filled with honors courses, but she managed to keep her high GPA.

Rabb is a member of the Warrior Run chapter of the National Honor Society and student council. She is also vice president of DECA, which she says is a business club.

Despite his already busy schedule, Rabb finds time to get involved in the community. She and her family volunteer with Operation Christmas Child.

“My family and I go to Baltimore and fill shoeboxes with toys and clothes for kids in our country and others,” she said. “We spend about eight hours packing boxes.”

Rabb said she and her other golfing friends raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association.

“My golfing friends and I raised funds for 2 months for the Alzheimer’s Association,” she said. “We do it as a competition, then have a tournament where we play against each other. Then we do a ceremony with the association officials and give them a check.

The experience was rewarding, Rabb said. “We raised $200,000 in just 12 people. It feels good because people are always grateful and they tell us about the impact it will have on people.

As she continues her freshman year, Rabb considers her options after graduation.

“I don’t know what discipline I want to specialize in, but I look at different schools. I visit the University of Delaware, James Madison University and others,” she said. “I really hope to play golf in college, so I spoke to some coaches.”

Keizer said Rabb’s success will only continue.

“Hannah has already had a lot of success in life, but what impresses me the most is how humble she is,” he said. “She stays focused and works hard. She makes me look bad on the golf course.