A+ Athlete: Raylee Rogers, Calera

This week's A+ Athlete is Raylee Rogers from Calera High School.

Not only is Raylee the class valedictorian, play basketball, softball, is the editor of the yearbook and a member of the National Honor Society, but she's a published poet.

"I just work hard at everything I do and just give it 110-percent," Rogers said.

While Raylee may not be the most outspoken person, she lets her actions speak louder than words.

"Whenever you see her dedication at homework, at efforts on the court or what she does on the field it's definitely evident that something kicks in," Social Studies teacher Greg Thralls said. "It's almost instinctive for Raylee, something turns on and you know she's going to give everything she's got."

On the hardwood Raylee is averaging 21 points a game this season and has been named to several all-tournament teams. On the diamond she bats over 400 and has lead her team to the state semi-finals two years in a row, while being named to the VYPE Magazine team in 2014 and 2015.

"She's a great athlete to start with, but at the same time she's the hardest working kid we've got," Softball coach Randy Ellevold said. "When a great athlete wants to be the hardest working kid it just makes everyone around her better." Softball coach Randy Ellevold

"If you're not doing what you're supposed to do in the classroom, then you can't be expected to do what your supposed to do on the field and on the court," Rogers said.

When she's not studying or competing in sports, Raylee volunteers serving food and gathering school supplies for the less fortunate in her community.

"I like helping people and I like making them smile," Rogers said. "It makes me feel good."

And that's why Raylee Rogers is this week's A+ Athlete.