As a senior captain for the Monticello field hockey team, Sarah Hale knew she had to set an example for her teammates. She did that by devoting every free minute she had to the sport.
"I practiced a lot at home by myself," Hale explained. "Here (Monticello), I would come here outside of practice. On the weekend I would play with Coach (Katie Martin). A lot of clubs, camps, tournaments."
In addition to helping her Mustang teammates, Hale also served as an advisor to first-year head coach Martin.
"Sarah actually really helped me get a feel for what the team was thinking and what the team was feeling because I was figuring out my own coaching style and my own strategies," Martin said.
That leadership extended off the field as Hale is part of a mentorship group at Monticello called the "Monticello Mentors", providing a positive role model for younger students in the school district.
"I think everyone should be involved in something where you're looked up to, you're a leader," Hale said. "I think it's important for everyone to kind of learn those traits to be a leader."
Aside from her commitments to field hockey and academics, Hale also found time to work a part-time job. She says the experience of juggling responsibilities was a valuable teacher.
"It was hard but I'm really glad I did it because it taught me a lot. I learned a lot doing these kind of things with the school and my job. It taught me to be more mature I think."
Hale says her future is in the business world, with plans to carry on her parents local sports and pro shop.
"I definitely don't want them to retire and then it gets sold to someone else," she explained. "I definitely don't want to watch that so I think I might go and study and try to better it after I graduate college."