Spirit of Alli
It is the Panther spirit of Alli. She makes you want to cheer for a team she spent two seasons documenting in the Clarke County Tribune. When Alli began her junior year she had never written about sports before. Her grandmother had worked there and recommended the girl who loved football, writing and being a Panther.
She smiles and nods, “I only missed one game in two seasons. I missed it for a wedding; I was torn between missing a football game and missing my best friend’s wedding. My nana used to work at The Tribune, and she had connections with Mrs. Cindy. She knew I just loved football. I learned how to write stats for games. People would say, ‘You’re a girl. You can’t do that kind of stuff,’ and I said, ‘I can.’ Coach B helped me out a lot.”
Head Panther Football Coach Steve Bynum showed Alli important stats and how to write them. That is something that will help the marketing major and political science minor in her future marketing job.
Now she says, “I want to be remembered as the girl who wrote the football articles. It just has everybody shook because they didn’t think that I could do that.”
Alli definitely did that. Clarke County Tribune publisher Elisa Mayo says of the Panther Sports writer, “Alli was able to inspire others in clear, concise sports writing. Her detailed descriptions made readers feel like they had been at the game!”
Alli will miss being at home when she leaves to live in the dorm with her best friend. She says of the family she will leave behind,
“I’m upset that I’m leaving my sister and my little brother because I don’t do anything without them. I toured at UWA in April of my junior year. I went and my tour guide made me fall in love with it. I feel like I could continue my participation there. I want to be an Ambassador. I could take students on tours and take people to dinners. I may want to rush, but I’m not sure yet.”
Alli will find ways to occupy her active mind. Until May of this year she will be occupying it with the completion of fifteen dual enrollment hours and her last months participating in Panther Beta Club, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, HOSA, FCCLA, FBLA, Quiz Bowl, and MU Alpha Theta as well as all the graduation plans which naturally come this time of year. When asked how she maintains balance in a world of so much, Alli replies,
“I worked for the newspapers on Friday and Saturday. I had to have my story in by 12 (o’clock) on Monday. We did quiz bowls on certain Thursdays. Most clubs happen on Wednesdays. You sacrifice your time for this stuff. Everything goes in the planner.”
The advice she leaves her classmates is,
“Stress can push you to do your best, but at a certain point it gets to be too much. Don’t stress. Stress ruined my 11th grade year. It’s only high school. It’s not the rest of your life.”