QHS senior Reagan doesn’t blink when she says,
“I believe if you continue to push yourself past your own limits and out of your comfort zone that you will achieve greatness in every possible way.”
But it’s not something that the Beta Club and National Honor Society member just says. Reagan has been spending the last couple of years at Quitman High School living that belief. The transfer student from Heidelberg Academy is thinking that one day she may live in a suburb of Dallas, TX and practice civil rights law, but right now she is focused on a game. This afternoon at 4:00 p.m. the Lindy Callahan Scholarship nominee will join her fellow Lady Panthers in play against Newton County. Pushing herself past limits meant that last year Reagan joined a Lady Panther team who had mostly been playing together since they were in junior high. She explains,
“It took me a while to adjust. The playing style is different. Playing in private school is more like street ball. At a public school you have to be aware of the rules. Plus, you have to get to know all new people, but I love the team chemistry. It’s just like having another family.”
And Reagan knows all about the importance of family.
She has a lot of support, and that support has encouraged her to maintain great grades and practice basketball three hours a day six days a week with as Reagan puts is, “Two hours on Sunday if necessary.”
The discipline and time management she has used to achieve success at Quitman High School are tools she plans to start using at Mississippi State University this summer.
“I start at MSU in July. I’ll start working on my freshman classes. I’m in the Day One Leadership Program because I like being ahead of the game.”
If this Lady Panther sounds serious and looks serious, it’s because she is. Ask her about Panther Track this year, and she says,
“I’m going for my ring. I run 100 meter hurdles, 300 meter hurdles, and 4 x 4 relay. I’m wanting to run track in college. Last year we placed fifth in South State, but this year we’re going all the way.”
Her words echo among a couple of Panther teams today.
The belief that has propelled Reagan to already accomplish so much success in high school comes from the same heart which will fuel both Panther teams on the court tonight. And in Panther Nation style, we will all be cheering for them.
Reagan definitely appreciates it.