Meet the team, from left to right, back row first. We are in awe of these girls. They work hard in the classroom, in the community and at practice. We asked about their go-to protein snack, their guiding light, their advice to young athletes and about their lucky charm. Meet the team!
Bonnie Shea, North Atlanta High School
Power up: Willy’s burrito and a double shot of espresso
Inspired by: My older sisters- they both played very competitive soccer throughout their lives and into college at the University of Wisconsin and are inspirational in their hard work and dedication.
Sage words: Hard work is by far the most important thing in every aspect of your life whether it is sports, school, or relationships, but you also need to know how to have fun, be silly, and enjoy whatever you decide to dedicate your time to!
Lucky charm: I always wear my Fitbit in warm up!
Claire Tobin, The Lovett School
Power up: Clif bars and chocolate milk
Inspired by: My mom is definitely the biggest influence in my life.
Sage words: It is key to find a sport or hobby that you love and remember why you love it. Through the grind of a hard practice remembering why you do it will make it easier. My team is like a second family so if I have to sacrifice something socially to be there with them it is a no-brainer. Knowing that I have a team relying on me is a driving force.
Lucky charm: I always have at least three caps and two pairs of goggles in my swim bag. I also carry a broken cap from my first club team.
Kenedy Thorne, Alpharetta High School
Power up: Eggs or Banana
Inspired by: My mother was a very influential person in my life; she was practically my own personal coach. As a high-achieving runner herself(top runner at GT), she gave great advice and pushed me to be my best.
Sage words: First off, you have to define your priorities and adjust your schedule accordingly. Look to your future and reevaluate what you want your life to look like and then think how might you get there. It’s important to manage your time according to your goals. You can’t go to everything and you will have to make some sacrifices. Ultimately, if you truly love it then it won’t matter in the end.
Lucky charm: Before each race, I write a word or a verse in sharpie on my calf(where I used to be injured) and arm. I focus on this word throughout the race.
Sport: cross country
Kamryn Scocos, Woodward Academy
Power up: Nature Valley Granola Bars
Inspired by: My parents and my volleyball coaches
Sage words: With the busy schedule I have, I know it can be stressful trying to balance school, athletics, and a social life, but the key is to prioritize and find some time to have fun. You have to be able to focus on what’s important but take some time to take a step back and enjoy the little things.
Lucky charm: For every big game, I have to wear my white socks with the Woodward Academy Volleyball logo on them.
Shawn Pollack, Galloway School
Power up: Apple
Inspired by: My Dad
Sage words: Know your limits and assess your priorities. Don’t push yourself so hard that you are constantly stressed, but push yourself enough so that you are reaching your full potential. Also, don’t spend a lot of time on something you don’t love to do. If you are playing a sport or doing an activity you don’t love, then it is time wasted.
Lucky charm: – I always make sure to keep a water bottle with me at all times.
Sports: basketball, softball
Regina Metz, Pinecrest Academy
Power up: Apple with peanut butter and granola
Inspired by: I have five older brothers and I love them and look up to them so much. They have shown me the importance of hard work and are great examples of how to live my life to the fullest no matter where I am or what I’m doing.
Sage words: Don’t forget there’s more to life than school and sports. Those things are important, but if you only focus on them then when your life gets chaotic you’ll want to give up. To keep those things in perspective and balance life, find what’s really important to you, whether it’s your faith or family or whatever, and set aside time each day for those things.
Lucky charm: My basketball team writes an acronym on our wrists before each game that reminds us of all of the hard work we’ve put in together in the preseason. I also wear a bracelet every day that says “positivity” on it, from my coach.
Keara Napoli, Cambridge High School
Power up: Protein Shakes
Inspired by: My Crossfit parents and dancer sister
Sage words: Remember that family comes first before anything because nothing can be accomplished without them in your life. Always love and respect them. School is the second most important. In sports, practice every day both physically and mentally.
Lucky charm: I always draw the initials KD on the base before every game in honor of my friend Kelsey Dickson who passed away, and I still wear my sliders from ten and under.
Jayda Drake-Howard, North Springs Charter High
Power up: Chocolate Brownie Clif Bar.
Inspired by: My mom because she provides for me and gives me great advice on how to overcome things.
Sage words: Know how to manage your time and make sure to keep your grades up. You can still have fun while maintaining your grades and continue to grow as an athlete.
Lucky charm: A necklace my aunt gave me; I put it in my bag for every meet.
Bryn Foster, HEIS
Power up: Chocolate covered almonds
Inspired by: My brothers. They are absolutely amazing and inspire me continuously to be the best I can be.
Sage words: Don’t hesitate to step out of your comfort zone and try new things. When you find something you love, stick with it and everything else will fall into place. You will make great friends and have so much fun. Be willing to work hard and never give up- I promise it is worth the effort to follow your passion.
Lucky charm: I wear my favorite pink socks for every race. I also kiss a statue of a turtle outside our preschool for good luck at practice the day before a meet.
Sport: cross country
McKenzie Baker, Pace Academy
Power up: Granola Bars
Inspired by: Mom and Dad
Sage words: Make sure you’re having fun with whatever you’re participating in. Sports should be fun, not a chore. Although balancing school and sports is very difficult, it is more manageable when you communicate and ask for help when you need it. I think that is the most important factor in succeeding sports/school/life
Lucky charm: Headbands
Sports: basketball, soccer, volleyball
Venla Harkonen, Fulton Science Academy
Power up: Cliff Bloks and Humus
Inspirational Person: My swim team friends. They are also my competition but they help me try harder and practice more. I also look up to Katie Ledecky, who is an amazing swimmer.
Sage words:.There will come times when time goes against you. Have a good relationship with your teachers. If asked, teachers can give weekly homework and then you can easier balance practice / homework time.
Lucky charm: Wearing one hair band on my wrist
Alex Clark , Westminster
Power up: protein bar or trail mix
Inspired by: Pete Wellborn, an old softball coach
Sage words Don’t allow yourself to be monopolized by one aspect of your life. Work hard at everything you do, but allow some time for the important things: family, friends, and some time for yourself.
Lucky charm: Earbuds, so that I can listen to music before a big game or meet.
Sports: softball, swimming, lacrosse
Elisa Yang, Wesleyan School
Power up: Clif Bar
Inspired by: My dad
Sage words: Always try your best and be kind to people. Even though there will be hard times, rejoice, because the Lord made everything happen for a reason.
Lucky charm: An Augusta National ball mark
Julia Platt, Atlanta Girls School
Power up: Trail Mix
Inspired by: Track & Field Coach Stacy Floyd
Sage words: It’s possible. The more you do, the more time you have. Time management is key.
Lucky charm: lucky socks
Sport: volleyball, swimming, track & field
Mia Whitney, Mount Vernon Presbyterian School
Power up: Clif Bar Berry Pomegranate Chia
Inspired by: My grandmother, Elinor Hunt
Sage words: Finish things early to get the weight off your shoulders and always leave time for yourself. Try to live as stress-free as possible.
Lucky charm: I am superstitious about my shoes and always tie the laces as tight as possible before every game.
Sports: softball, basketball