Scholar Athlete: Columbus volleyball player, Skylar Blackmon
Skylar Blackmon is a champion, on the court and in the classroom.
"It’s hard to stay focused but that’s just who I am," Blackmon said. "I am a student athlete and so I work hard at that every day."
Blackmon is a senior on the Columbus High volleyball team who plays libero. She was a starter on last year’s team that won the 5A state championship and says her time with this program has been an experience like no other.
"I love being able to be a part of this program where every day at practice you get better, every year you get better and it’s not just a hobby," she said. "It’s a program where we get better and we have set goals every season."
Goals like another state championship. But banners aside, Blackmon says this sport hasn’t just given her a state title, it’s given her life lessons.
"I always have goals and I’m always bettering myself and being more of a leader every day," she said.
She’s become a leader both on and off the court. She has a 4.4 GPA and will graduate with eight AP classes. With grades like that, she’s well on her way to a bright future, one that includes volleyball. Blackmon has been given the opportunity to continue her career ay Charleston Southern, a christian university she calls the perfect fit.
"Just to be able to continue to compete, that’s one of the biggest things, I just can’t imagine my life without volleyball and not being able to compete at least once a week," said Blackmon. "So that’s gonna be really important for me."
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