Devon Brush is one of the key players for the Petersburg High School Vikings. Her competitive drive is crucial on the court, but so is her ability to stay calm and focused.
“I play center so I'm kind of in the middle of everything and I call myself the Mom of the court because if somebody gets hot headed, I have to calm them down before they go and blow off somebody and get in a lot of trouble,” said Devon.
Her coach says her attitude and drive is what makes her a stellar athlete.
“She's just the type of kid that makes coaching fun, that makes you want to come and coach. She doesn't question what you do, she accepts it, she tries to get better and her whole thing is winning and team oriented, just a great all around kid, great all around athlete,” said her basketball coach Mick Cooper.
Devon is a 3-time athlete of the year in high school. But she has the same success in the classroom and credits that to her competitiveness, too.
“My sister was always a good student, and I've always been set to her level like, 'Ashley got this grade in this class, so you need to get that grade too,'” said Devon.
Clearly, she has made the grades. She has a 3.9 GPA and is ranked 6th in her class. As for college, she's already been honored as a Presidential Scholar.
“She is the perfectionist, she's the one you don't have to remind to study because she's already done it twice, three times maybe. If she gets a bad grade, you don't even have to tell her about it because she's already telling you and she's upset about it, wishing she could go back and do it again. She's the perfect student,” said Devon's English teacher Rachel Williams.
Devon says her love for sports and being on a team is what has made her interested in pursuing a career in physical therapy.
“I want to go to West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buchannan and follow in my sister's footsteps. I want to do athletic training into physical therapy. I like to help people, even on the bench, we don't have a trainer this year, I'm always trying to make sure the girls are okay, and I helped my dad with physical therapy when I was in the sixth grade, it showed me I really want to help people and my dad said I'm a people person and thought I'd be good at it so I started interning at the hospital and I loved it and I can't wait to be a physical therapist,” said Devon.
Even after she graduates as the “mother hen” for the Vikings, she definitely won't be finished caring for others.
Devon's drive, athleticism and scholarship is why she is WHSV's Student Athlete of the Week.
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