Classroom Champions: China Spring's Raelynn Faulkner

CHINA SPRING, Texas (KWTX) Raelynn Faulkner took a break from high school volleyball last year, but she couldn't stay away from the team for long.

“I missed the team. I missed the whole aspect of volleyball,” said Faulkner. “I played club this year with these girls, and I just really missed the whole experience with them.”

Just because she didn’t play volleyball last year doesn’t mean the China Spring senior wasn't busy. Raelynn runs track, is involved with National Honor Society and student council, and even planned and held a 5K run for cancer research.

But her favorite activity involves helping the younger generation.

“Probably PALS, where we go and mentor children in the district,” said Faulkner. “It’s great to be an influence on the younger generations, and it makes you feel good to help out in the community.”

Even though Faulkner has a lot of irons in the fire, her coach is more than happy to have her back on the team.

“Shes a fun kid,” said head volleyball coach Melissa Cole. “She has a great personality. Lots of charisma. Her leadership qualities and stuff like that just stand out, and she’s fun to be around.”

While she does want to succeed on the court, Faulkner prides herself at succeeding in the classroom. Faulkner is ranked third in her class and destined for the nursing program at the University of Texas.