Editor's note: The following is part of an Emerging Leaders series to feature the accomplishments of one 7th or 8th grade student from each middle school in Walker County. Alysa Lawhorn …
Editor's note: The following is part of an Emerging Leaders series to feature the accomplishments of one 7th or 8th grade student from each middle school in Walker County.
Alysa Lawhorn has strong athletic skills to match her outgoing personality.
Lawhorn was a new transfer to Oakman Middle School this year, but she hasn't let the change hold her back. In fact, she's excelling on the school's softball team and is hoping to play varsity softball and volleyball next year.
"I'm always on the field. Even in the off season, I play travel ball year-round," Lawhorn said. "Every weekend during the summer I'm at a tournament that lasts all day. All my time is spent on volleyball or softball."
The 8th grader is the shortstop for Oakman's junior high softball team, which is considered one of the field's most challenging positions.
Outside of sports, Lawhorn is part of the Gifted program, and she enjoys the study of English and cooking.
Lawhorn plans to put her critical thinking skills to the test to pursue a degree as a cardiovascular sonographer once she graduates high school. Her goal is to attend an area college and earn a degree as a registered nurse. Then she will train for two years in the cardiovascular area of specialty.
"I'll take sonograms of arteries and the heart and determine different things. My mom's friend does that, and I've always wanted to do something medical. ... When I was little, I would say I wanted to be a brain surgeon, but that was a little bit far-fetched," she said with a laugh.
Lawhorn wants to work close to home to be near her large family of three brothers and four sisters. She says one of her brother's has a speech impediment, and she especially wants to continue a close relationship with him as they get older.
"I hope he grows up to be confident, which he is, he's very confident," she said.
When Lawhorn came to Oakman from Jasper Jr. High School she made friends quickly and says she doesn't regret the school move. She also anticipates entering high school in the fall.
"By far the best decision I've ever made was to transfer to Oakman. It's smaller, and I love the people and the community," Lawhorn said. "I'm excited to start something new. I was super excited to transfer, because I wanted to meet new people. But I'm glad to be up there with the older kids [at the high school] ... to be able to look up to other people and learn things."
No matter where life takes her, Lawhorn is adamant she will work hard to achieve her goals and will meet challenges with vigor, as every leader does.
"Once I start something, I don't like to quit it. I know a lot of people that will start something and quit, and then you'll look at them and you think, 'Well, I could do that, but I could keep going,'" she said.