By the time Blaire Butler left the Parish softball program four years ago, she was one of the program’s best outfielders including a legacy complete with a milestone walk-off home run which propelled the Panthers to the TAPPS state playoffs.
Parish softball coach John Griffin remembers it didn’t begin as well.
“She started sort of officially in 8th grade which I believe was due to her friend Whitney Keith,” Griffin said. “(Blaire) was so afraid of the ball at the time … She would literally stand in the very back of the (batter’s) box so far away from the plate, basically so she wouldn’t get hit. She struck out all of the time. So I consistently told her “move up in the box”. By the time she was a sophomore, she started to pound the ball.”
A talented, speedy athlete, Butler was part of a strong core of teammates in the Class of 2010 which also helped establish Parish as one of the state’s top sports programs. In soccer, Butler helped Parish reach the TAPPS state tournament. In softball, Butler helped Parish reach the TAPPS state softball tournament as a junior and Butler was a first-team All-District selection her senior season.
Butler has left her mark at TCU as well. As part of selective school programs during the last four years, Butler has studied in Panama, Argentina, Spain, Germany, France, Portugal, Africa and Amsterdam. Butler was the only student in the TCU Business Honors Neeley program asked to apply for a Fulbright Business Scholarship.
Butler is one of many in Parish’s fourth-graduating class who will be getting college degrees this spring.
Catching up with Blaire Butler (’10)
What are you doing now?
I am currently a senior at Texas Christian University. I will graduate in May with a degree in Finance and minors in Accounting and Spanish.
What is a passion you would like to pursue?
Fortunately, I have the opportunity to pursue a number of my passions after graduation. Upon graduating, I will be moving down to the Dominican Republic to work for Esperanza International, a micro finance non-profit that works in the Dominican Republic and Haiti. I have accepted a Fellowship to work there for a year, employing my finance and accounting skills that I have learned. This position will allow me to pursue my passion of helping others.
Esperanza is making an incredible difference in the lives of Dominicans, helping them to start their own small business and improve their quality of living. I will be combining this passion with two of my other passions: Spanish and business.
To me, this is the perfect opportunity to exercise my business knowledge, become fluent in another language, and positively impact the lives of others.
What have been your favorite classes?
Money & Banking, Introduction to Marketing, Advanced Financial Management, and my accounting classes. Those have helped me to best understand the fundamentals of business. My most diverse and entertaining classes were my classes that I took during my semester abroad in Seville, Spain. While abroad, I took Introduction to Translation, Spanish Civilization and Culture, Business in Spanish, and Spanish Phonetics.
How would you describe Parish to your friends?
Parish is an incredible place to go to high school. In my opinion, Parish does a great job of balancing fun and academics. There are some private schools in the area that rank exceptionally well in academics, but the students are staying up until 2 a.m. on the weekdays trying to finish all of their work. On the flipside, there are schools that have a great atmosphere, but they don't necessarily provide a challenging environment to prepare their students to excel in college. To me, Parish creates that perfect balance between a fun atmosphere but an academically focused school.
What advice would you give someone entering high school/college?
For friends entering college from Parish, you will be prepared for school. The only difference is you have to pace yourself. There aren't homework assignments every night to make sure you are keeping up; there are lectures, a midterm, and a final. If you manage your time, keep up with the class, and don't start studying the night before, you'll ace college and have a blast.
What would be your dream job?
I don't have a dream job yet. My dream job would be one that combines my passions, and I have that right now, so I'm more than happy.