Courtney Tobias Benner, PHS Class of 1995, grew up in a house with parents that were both school principals. She was expected by her parents to be an excellent student. She was such an excellent student, she earned the distinction of being named Valedictorian of her 1995 PHS graduating class.
Along the way, Courtney also had success in athletics as she was a member of the swim team and tennis team at PHS all four years of high school. She excelled here as well as in the classroom as she earned a varsity letter in each season.
In tennis, Courtney earned All-Conference during her sophomore, junior, and senior season. She also earned Academic All-State her senior year in tennis. As a team, the Pilgrims won the Northern Lakes Conference and IHSAA Sectional each one of her years in high school.
While a part of the swim team during the winter months, she was a part of the school record holding Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay teams.
After high school, Courtney matriculated north to the University of Notre Dame where she earned her B.A. in Psychology. She then attended Loyola University in Chicago where she earned her Master’s Degree in Educational Psychology.
Courtney currently lives in Atlanta, GA with husband Jake and their two children Grant (9) and Reese (6). Courtney has been teaching at East Rivers Elementary School since 2002. She has taught second grade, third grade, and is currently teaching 5th grade.
When queried about the balance between academics and athletics, Courtney responded by saying, “I wanted to excel in both. Swimming taught me self-discipline; when you’re getting up at 5:00 in the morning for practice, attending school all day and then getting back in the pool in the afternoon, you realize down time is precious and you are productive whenever the opportunity allows.”
Courtney’s early successes in her life, has lead to many successes as an adult. The Plymouth High School Athletic Department would like to thank Courtney for her help in supplying us the information for this article. We wish her and her family many more successes!