Grace Simpson excels on both the volleyball and tennis court at Monticello. Tennis was always her favorite - until this year.
"At first I probably preferred tennis," Simpson explained. "But this last season I feel like like my volleyball skills have really improved."
A senior leader, Simpson's role on the Mustangs was to keep her teammates upbeat and focused on the game.
"I try to and I just hope it works. I just try to help out as best as I can."
"I played with the girls once 6-on-6 and I remember Grace was just there super positive every time, even when they were losing to the underclassmen, Grace was just so happy to be playing volleyball," Monticello assistant coach Corey Haynes said.
Simpson realizes her time playing sports - like most young athletes - will be limited to the high school level. As such, she puts an emphasis on the classroom, where she carries a 4.5 grade point average with a course load full of AP classes.
"A very few percentage actually become professional athletes so the studies are very important," Simpson explained. "In the years to come, you're going to be looking for jobs and it's important to know what you're talking about and be informed with the information."
She would like to stay close to home after graduation and study biomedical engineering at Virginia. It's a field she became interested in when she met local paralympic rowing medalist Rob Jones.
"He was really inspiring. He's just kind of so upbeat and it's just a real inspiration. The people that have created his prosthetics, it's just amazing what they can do to help other people."