Classroom Champions: Axtell's Destiny Sanchez

Whatever sport she plays, Destiny Sanchez is too valuable to have on the bench. The four-sport athlete could have a future beyond Axtell High School as a softball player, but the focus, for now, is on volleyball.

This year's Homecoming queen is the perfect teammate and student, according to head coach Jennifer Allison.

"Destiny motivates herself. Sometimes she's a little too hard on herself, but she motivates herself. When she's out on that floor, there's no questioning her effort, her talent. Her talent's going to take her where she needs to go."

But this school year, the Homecoming queen continues to fight through an emotional distraction. Her grandfather, Floyd, is usually cheering her on at games, but is recovering in Dallas after being diagnosed with Leukemia.

"He was having a really hard time. We didn't know if he had much longer or not. We were supposed to go up there and visit him, but I had a Bruceville-Eddy tournament. So, my parents went up there and I went to the volleyball game. The third game after, like in between breaks, I started crying because I knew he wasn't doing good, but I knew I had to be there for my team, too," said Sanchez.

While Floyd continues to improve, Destiny will be enjoying one last run at Axtell. If softball doesn't work out, the senior still wants to stay involved with sports after graduating.

"I plan on trying to become an athletic trainer, come to high schools to be involved with sports and stuff," said Sanchez.