Classroom Champions: West's Hallie King
Hallie King's resume at West High School is as impressive as it gets.
She spent four years on the varsity volleyball team, countless hours with organizations that give back to her community, and she's currently at the top of her senior class.
What's next for Hallie?
"Whatever she wants," West volleyball head coach Sandy Dickerson said. "She is a dreamer and an achiever."
What she wants is no small feat. Hallie hopes to attend the United States Military Academy to study math and eventually become a military intelligence officer.
"I come from a family of patriotism," King said. "It's a really big thing in our family and I feel like it's kind of lacking in this day and age. I want to do everything I can to make sure that America keeps being what it is."
Volleyball has helped Halle become someone who is willing to put others first.
"It definitely taught me selflessness. That's a really big thing in teams sports in general but also in volleyball," King said. "You can't get too down on yourself because that's the selfish way to play. You have to think of your teammates who are counting on you, and you have to pick yourself up and make sure that you're performing so that you can support them."
Even though Hallie is still walking the halls at West High School, it's obvious she's left a legacy.
"She's just such a wonderful kid to be able to coach, and a blessing for West and West High School," Dickerson said. "There's a lot of young ladies that will hopefully look up to her, have looked up to her and will try to fill those shoes."
So, Hallie, for those who
try, what's your secret?
"My dad instilled in me very young that you don't have to be the best, but if you work hard, coaches are going to like you, and I just took that and ran with it."