Girls' Athlete of the Year: Amy Martin

Girls' Athlete of the Year: Amy Martin

We asked girls' Athlete of the Year Amy Martin, from Oakwood, to describe what high school sports meant to her:

When I am older and I look back on my high school years, one thing that I know will stand out above the rest is how much I will miss participating in high school athletics. Although it has only been a couple of weeks since I have been officially done with high school athletics, I often catch myself wondering whether or not I will ever get the same feeling I got while playing in "The Pit" at Oakwood High School.

Sports are not just about who wins the championship, but more importantly about the bonds you make with your teammates and coaches, and the lessons you learn that you can use throughout your life.

When I was younger I can remember watching television and always hearing actors or pop stars saying, "you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it." I never used to believe that because I would think about how I couldn't sing and no matter how hard I tried I would never be on stage winning an MTV music award.

As I got older I started to understand that statement a little better. Not everyone wants to be a movie star. If you are passionate about something, you will find a way to achieve it. Passion is not something you can teach in athletics but is something that I have gained over the years as being an athlete. It is the drive that keeps me going through the hard times and what keeps me humble through all of the success.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Amy Martin earned nine varsity letters at Oakwood, three each in volleyball, basketball and track and field. As a senior, she was an All-Area first-teamer in volleyball, the Area Player of the Year in basketball and a two-event state placer in track and field, including a Class 1A runner-up finish in the triple jump. She will attend Eastern Illinois University, where she is a recruited walk-on for volleyball.

Honorable mention

Madison Bayler    Fisher
Erika Belmont    Urbana Uni High
Jessica Brito    Bismarck-Henning
Alyssa Chambers    Judah Christian
Erin Cowan    Watseka
Katie Cowan    Watseka
Haley Dodd    CPCI
Jenna Eaton    Centennial
Jenna Einck    St. Thomas More
Maggie Fitzgerald    STM
Jeni Free    Bismarck-Henning
Kelsey Gass    Rantoul
Dani Gooch    Unity
Rachael Graham    SJ-O
Shelby Helfrich    South Piatt
Britny Hoag    Salt Fork
McKenzie Hodges    Danville
Devin Houser    Blue Ridge
Zita Hubler    Urbana
Jocelyn Kindred    Chrisman
Leah Livingston    GCMS
Hanna Mennenga    Rantoul
Lindsey Nickelson    Heritage
Stacey Peters    Urbana
Abby Popejoy    Prairie Central
Taylor Rubarts    PBL
Whitney Scurlock    Prairie Central
Jordan Slade    Champaign Central
Erin Wachtel    St. Thomas More
Michelle Wong    Urbana Uni High

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