At Stonewall Jackson High School, Taylor Koontz does a little bit of everything.
She's a captain in three different sports and an officer in several clubs and organizations. Her favorite activity is volleyball.
“It's just really fun and the team that I've been with since 8th grade has just been the same really and we have a lot of fun together. I just like the aspect of diving around. It's just really fun,” said Taylor.
Her coach says she's a pleasure to have on the team.
“One of the things about coaching Taylor is, not only does she have an extremely hard work ethic. She's always kind of the life of the team, but she also knows how to have fun and be serious at the same time. She's all about working hard in practice and having the girls, giving them encouragement but she's also the leader on the court,” said her coach Jamie Armentrout.
In the classroom she's busy working on all kinds of equations, and usually she gets the question right. She stands out 4.1 GPA.
“I always try to push myself and my whole family has done pretty well academically. So I've always tried to be the best. I don't know, i just don't see the point in wasting time,” said Taylor.
“She's bright, she works hard, she brings a lot of energy to class all the time. She's always kind of up and energetic. She's a quick study, she sees something once, and then if she sees something similar, she knows where it's going before you're done,” said her teacher David Shurwood.
Taylor has broken several school records on the volleyball court, in the pool, and has been All-District and All-Region in soccer.
As for her future, it's bright, but undecided.
“I'm thinking about going to either Bridgewater or Roanoke to play Volleyball, or maybe JMU or Tech and just focusing on my school. I think i might major in math but after that I'm not really sure,” said Taylor.
Her success on the court and in the classroom is why Taylor Koontz is WHSV's Student Athlete of the Week.