A+ Athlete: Nicole Hill, Tioga
This week's A+ Athlete is Nicole Hill of Tioga High School. Nicole is an all-state volleyball player for the Lady Bulldogs, and has been a key part of some great teams, including winning a state championship. She is a 3-time district MVP, and is also a regional qualifier in track and part of a district champion softball team.
"I have just grown up doing sports and it made me the person I am today," Hill said. "It made me a lot more responsible and made me take responsibility of things I need to do. It made me driven. It made me work harder for the things I needed. I don't like losing. So when I would lose, it would make me want to fight harder and work harder for what I wanted."
"She is super competitive," Tioga volleyball coach Mindy Patton said. "She wasn't ever O.K. with being second. Whether that meant second in a tournament, or losing the game, she was the player that was going to push the entire team to go to the next level."
Nicole also serves up aces in the classroom. She is at the top of her class, a member of National Honors Society, a state qualifier in Academic News writing and twice the regional champ. Hill is not afraid of the big stage, she is the president of the International Thespian Society and will graduate with her associates degree.
"School has always been very important to me, a very big role in my life." Hill said. "I have always wanted to excel in my grades as well as in volleyball and track."
"I think being successful motivates her," Tioga teacher Brad Strickland said. "Everything she has been involved with, she has been successful with. Whether it's academics, or volleyball, or track, anything that she is involved with she is going to give 110 percent."