April 21, 2011
This season the Western Albemarle girls basketball team made its first ever appearance in the state tournament and won its first ever state tournament game. A big reason for that was senior forward Carolyn Schneller, who used her basketball skills and leadership abilities to guide the team. Schneller was a captain for the Warriors and had been a varsity basketball player since her sophomore year. This past season is one that was very memorable for her.
"Having a season that was so successful, like making it to states and winning a state game, it's just been really exciting," says Schneller. "It's given me a lot of experiences that I don't think I would have gotten if I hadn't been on the team."
"Carolyn's kind of the heartbeat in a lot of ways of the team because we feed off of her emotions," Warrior head basketball coach Kris Wright explains. "[If] she's excited, we're excited. If she's frustrated, sometimes we're frustrated. So it can be the good and the bad, but she really drives us with the energy that she brings and that's a big leadership quality."
Schneller is also an accomplished member of the rowing team. In fact, that's what she'll do at the college level. Back on November 10, she signed her National Letter of Intent to row at Ohio State and will head to Columbus in the fall on a rowing scholarship. School is also a big part of Carolyn's life, as she boasts a 3.78 grade point average. She feels school has opened the door for many opportunities.
"I wouldn't have been able to have to opportunity to go to Ohio State if I had just focused on athletics. Even if I was a good athlete, if I hadn't done anything in the classroom and didn't work hard, then it's pointless," she says.
Carolyn takes part in a variety of activities in addition to sports. She is a member of the Western Athletic Leadership Council, volunteers for several non-profit organizations and is active in her church. In addition, her family is an active foster family, and she's had five foster siblings in the last two years.
Click on the above video link to view the feature on this week's Burger King Student-Athlete of the Week, Carolyn Schneller.
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