2013 Terrific Teen: Gisele Bailey
Senior, Charlotte Christian School
Parents: Hessard and Kim Bailey
Brilliant | Humble | Dedicated
Gisele Bailey began playing basketball at age 10 simply because at 5 feet, 10 inches, she towered over her peers. Seven years later, Bailey’s academic achievements and basketball prowess have earned her a spot at Harvard University, where she will play on the women’s basketball team this fall.
"Gigi is a determined and competitive young woman with a heart as big as her smile — and an amazing scholar and athlete," says Candace Gowan, Charlotte Christian School communications specialist. "She is well-known for her basketball abilities but quick to share what her mother tells her: ‘Books before basketball.’"
Bailey, now 6 feet, 4 inches, plays forward-center with the North Carolina Spartans and at Charlotte Christian School, where she recently broke the school’s scoring record at a game early in the season. She describes herself as a finesse player who can be aggressive and who likes to work with her teammates to win. "I know it works better when everyone’s involved," she says.
Bailey chose Harvard out of the more than 70 colleges that actively recruited her because the school fits with her academic goals and she meshes with the basketball team, which she met on a school visit in the fall. Bailey is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Spanish Honor Society, and she is president of Charlotte Christian’s Health Careers Club. She also is a summa cum laude honors student, an AP scholar and the recipient of a Scholastic Writing Award for Poetry.
Bailey plans to major in pre-med with a focus in biology at Harvard and then enroll in medical school. Inspired by her mother, who is a nurse, Bailey wants to be a doctor. "I love working with kids, so I thought pediatrician would be the best fit for me."
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Photos: Becca Bond Photography