Plymouth Whitemarsh High School senior Abby Sharpe has signed to play basketball for the University of Pennsylvania.
“I am most looking forward to being surrounded by athletes who have the same goals and values that I have, and who push each other to their fullest potential to compete at a high level - not to mention the cool gear!” she said.
The point and shooting guard has played 79 games for PW and was the leading scorer for the girls varsity basketball team, which went undefeated in 2021-22 and captured the PIAA 6A Championship in Hershey. She has been on the team for all three of its Suburban One League Championships, and was a member of the 2022 First-Team All-Suburban One League, the 2022 First Team All-State, and the 2022 Reporter/Times Herald/Montgomery News All-County teams. She was also a Miss PA Basketball Finalist in 2022.
She said her experiences at PW have prepared her well for success at the collegiate level. The high school’s “culture of academic excellence” and the structure and discipline she learned through basketball have given her confidence in her ability to compete at an Ivy League university known for both its academic and athletic programs.
Abby played a variety of sports growing up but decided to focus on basketball during her freshman year of high school. Over the years, she has played for intramural and travel teams, as well as AAU teams.
“The community and family-like culture that basketball provides has given me some of my best friends,” she said. “Additionally, it acts as an outlet to escape from outside stress and truly be present.”
Along with athletics, Abby is involved in student government. She was class Vice President in her sophomore and junior years, and is now the Senior Class President. She is a member of the National Business Honor Society and has earned Distinguished Honor Roll for the past three years.