Allie Casto's job on the volleyball court is a selfless one – she is there to set up her teammates for their hits, bumps and kills.
But just because it's selfless, it doesn't mean it goes unnoticed.
“Allie's decision making is the most important part of our offense. Without her, our attackers can't attack. She's kind of the quarterback of our team offensively. She decides where our attack is going to come from, and that's allowed us to be really successful,” said Riverheads High School Volleyball Coach Mark Husband.
“I'm a person that embraces responsibility and pressure. That's when I feel like I thrive the most, is when the pressure's on,” said Allie.
Allie doesn't lose her focus off the courts, either. She is just as stellar in the classroom.
She has never earned less than an A on her report card since as long as she can remember and she is second in her class.
She credits it to her high expectations for herself.
“I definitely put pressure on myself to make good grades. It's not fully from my parents, I expect it of myself and anything less than an A+ is just not acceptable,” said Allie.
“Allie just goes a step further. Whether it's research, doing a project or paper, she just works extremely hard and you see that in everything she does,” said Riverheads High World History II and Sociology Teacher Rodney Painter.
As for her next step, science is in her future.
“I plan on attending James Madison University and majoring in biotechnology. Eventually I plan on pursuing a career in dermatology because it has always interested me and I feel like there's a great demand for it in our area,” said Allie.
Riverheads High School student Allie Casto's performance on the volleybal court and in the classroom is why she is WHSV's Student Athlete of the Week for Oct. 27.
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