Not many three-sport athletes exist in high school athletics anymore with specialization taking over.


There are even fewer three-sport athletes who are as active away from athletics as Sparta’s Olivia Bouma-Hannam. It’s not hard to figure out why her schedule is hour-to-hour or even minute-to-minute.


For all of her accolades, Bouma-Hannam is Sparta’s Pass It Along scholar athlete.


“I’m really honored because there are so many people in our school who are athletic and people that are very smart,” Bouma-Hannam said. “To be both of those things is very cool. To represent such a good school that is very academically inclined and cares a lot about academics and sports is very rewarding.


“I kind of stuck with all of that because I like being busy and I like being active. I also have learned how to plan and not procrastinate as much because of all the things that I do. My schedule is like hour-to-hour and sometimes minute-to-minute. That’s helped me a lot in high school to figure out my path and how I want to live my life.”


Currently, Bouma-Hannam is the only senior in the Sparta girls basketball starting lineup and plays with four talented freshmen surrounding her. The combination has Sparta at 20-4 and playing for a Hunterdon Warren Sussex Tournament title on Friday against Hunterdon Central. Bouma-Hannam’s role as a glue player and leading a bunch of freshmen has been invaluable.


“It’s honestly been very fun,” Bouma-Hannam said. “I wasn’t expecting the season to be this much fun because I thought that having a bunch of freshmen around me with me being the only senior I would be the outcast. All those girls have been playing together since like third grade, but we all kind of gel together. It was really just adding me into their mix. It’s been really awesome.


“I’ve tried to lead them on and off the court because I remember when I was an underclassmen I looked up to the older kids. For example, in softball I always tried to get the same amount of hits as the really good seniors to try to be at the same level as them. I also found that as I was going through high school as an underclassmen I always looked up to my teammates off the court too. That’s kind of how I’ve tried to be for them -- somebody they can always come to on and off the court.”


Bouma-Hannam picked up volleyball as a new sport when she was a sophomore and has thrived in that. Sparta finished with a 25-7 record this fall and reached the Group 2 semifinals. Bouma-Hannam recorded 307 kills, 87 blocks, 80 blocks and 74 aces over her career.


“That was like the best time of my life because it was so much fun,” Bouma-Hannam said. “Volleyball is still kind of new to me. I just found that I became more competitive and learned to love the sport a lot more throughout that fall. We just continued to win and gel together as a team. It was really awesome.”


In softball, Bouma-Hannam has been one of the best hitters for the Spartans throughout her career. She hit .442 as a sophomore and .528 as a junior to date, Bouma-Hannam has 77 hits, 42 run scored and 22 RBI.


Outside of sports, Bouma-Hannam is ranked 40th in her class of 278 with a GPA of 4.13. She is the vice president of the Find the Courage Club, which is an anti-bullying volunteer program that teaches younger children leadership skills. Also, Bouma-Hannam is the Community Service Manager of DECA, which helps students become prepared academically and active in the community, and is a member of the Service Corps through Pass It Along.


After being nominated by her guidance counselor, Bouma-Hannam earned a spot at Jersey Girls State. It was a week-long program at Georgian Court University with the girls participating in a mock government.


“I was very glad that I went because it gave me a college experience with the dorms, the food and getting to know people you wouldn’t usually get to know,” Bouma-Hannam said. “I’m glad I followed through on going because I was hesitant at first. I got to know a lot of really awesome people and learned a lot about our government, which I think is very important.”


After being inspired by a neighbor who is a commercial pilot for United, Bouma-Hannam wants to do the same for her career.


“I find that very cool because with sports I haven't been able to travel as much because all my time has been with sports, so I’ve only gone out of the country once,” Bouma-Hannam said. “I really want to see all parts of the world. I think being a pilot will give me that.”