A+ Athlete: Olivia Weaver, Caddo

This week's A+ Athlete is Olivia Weaver of Caddo High School. Olivia is a 4-year star on the softball field and has also played two years of basketball for the Bruins. Weaver has a knack for the big play, driving in the game-winning run at regionals last fall.

"Softball has taught me that hard work pays off," said A+ Athlete Olivia Weaver. "If you try your best, you can achieve anything that you want to."

"She doesn't like to fail. She may act like she doesn't want to be the best, but she wants to be the best," said Caddo softball coach Jason Truett. "She's going to compete and do everything she can to do well, to succeed."

Olivia hits it out of the park in the classroom as well. She is the Valedictorian of her class, the Class president and the student council president. She is a member of the national honors society and a has often been named student of the month.

"It's just part of her personality and who she is, that she's set these high expectations for herself," said Caddo English teacher Ashley Williams. "She's made it a priority to settle for nothing less than her best when it comes to those standards."

Olivia his highly involved in her communtiy, volunteering at Colton's Run, Angel Tree organ donar awareness and Toys for Tots She is active in her church and she has also had to battle illness while doing it all.

"Last year she was diagnosed with Crohn's and she was out for a month and a half, and lost a lot of her strength," said Truett. "She had to come back, she always pitched, her hitting kind of suffered. She's fully recovered now. She's hitting more home runs, and for a higher average, has her strength back. She's hitting lead off for us this year."

"It probably effected me more in a positive way than it did in a negative," said Weaver. "It taught me to work a lot harder and I had to overcome some stuff, but I think it made me a better person."