When Abbie Wilson came to Monticello she joined the cheerleading team, but eventually decided to try something new.
"I have a really competitive drive, and in cheerleading you just can't get that out," Wilson said. "It's a lot of rehearsal, but it's not like in action competitiveness, so I needed something where I could get that out, and volleyball is perfect for it."
Now, Wilson is the captain of the Mustangs volleyball squad, and she still gets a chance to put those cheerleading skills to work on the court.
"I'm always talking, I'm constantly just saying anything," she says. "In volleyball, communication is really important, so if it gets quiet on the court, I just try to say anything, cheer on your teammates. If they mess up, pat them on the back, just little things like that."
"She gets everyone excited to be here," says Monticello volleyball coach Jackie Hargis. "She brings a lot of positive energy. She knows when we're struggling as a team to really kind of pull everyone together and put our heads together on some of the challenges and able to overcome those things."
As a first year coach, Hargis says Wilson’s leadership skills have been crucial this season.
"You could tell from the moment she stepped on the court, a great leader, a great teammate. She puts everyone else before her."
Wilson also puts her studies before a lot of other things. She has a 4.5 GPA and is working on her advanced diploma from Monticello.
"I'm just OCD so I like to be the best at everything, or try at least," Wilson says of her dedication to both school and sports. "I've had only two or three B's all throughout high school, so that's one I like to tell people."
As Wilson finishes up her high school career, she already has plans for the future. The Monticello senior is hoping to attend Virginia Tech, and knows what career path she wants to take.
"I want to be a teacher for special education children, so I'll probably get my teacher's certificate. I just genuinely like helping them out and seeing their improvement, especially those kids they're just so thankful for anything."