Nicole Hedrick: WHSV Student Athlete of the Week, April 18

By: Andy Rives Email
By: Andy Rives Email

Nicole Hedrick is a three sport athlete. She plays volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter and softball in the spring. Nicole's drive extends way beyond athletics.

Pendleton County High School's Nicole Hedrick stands out against the competition, but it's not always because she's more talented.

"Nicole might not be the most athletic kid we've ever coached, but she's definitely one of the hardest working and most passionate. When she defeats her opponent in basketball or softball it's because she wanted it more," said Dave Eason, the assistant softball and basketball coach.

Nicole described why she loved playing sports so much.

"I just love the atmosphere and being able to step off the field at the end of the day and knowing you accomplished something whether you win or lose," said Nicole.

It's not just about what she does on the field. Nicole is putting her gifts to use in the classroom as well. She has a 4.1 GPA and is 5th in her class. She does it all.

"She's intelligent. She's athletic. She's driven. She's motivated. She's talented. She's all of these things and instead of sitting back and relying on one of them, she's fulfilling all of the gifts she's been given," said Pat Godfrey, her English teacher.

Nicole knows what it takes to succeed.

"The attitude you have is half the battle. Sometimes when you get tired you have to realize where your priorities are and that it's important to focus on every aspect of your life instead of just one," said Nicole.

Next year, she's on the move, continuing her education at big-time school.

"As of right now, I'm planning on going to West Virginia University and then I'm going to major in exercise physiology and become a physical therapist hopefully."

Her teachers will certainly miss her next year.

"She's going to be one of the hardest kids we've had to replace in a while because you just don't get a kid that is that well-rounded come along year in year out and Nicole is absolutely one of a kind," said Eason.

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