Over the next week we are going to shine the spotlight on our senior athletes leading up to our Senior Night next Wednesday, January 20, 2021!
Senior Spotlight: #13 Abby Leslie
What are some of your academic and athletic accomplishments?
“In terms of athletics, I have been a letter holder for two years in track and two years in basketball. I have also been given the Arnie-Chonko award for every season of sports I played. In terms of academics, I have been highest honors and have participated in dual enrollment at Cuyahoga Community College since my freshmen year.”
What are your plans after high school?
“After high school, I plan to attend either Yale University, Case Western Reserve University, or Ohio State University, if one of the three accepts me. There, I plan to get my bachelor’s degree, however I am undecided between chemistry and biology. Either way, I also plan to work through a pre-med program, and after receiving my degree, and then apply to medical school.”
What is your favorite memory from basketball?
“Beating Valley Forge during their senior night. Might be a little petty, however the year before they had beat us during our senior night. It was such a unifying moment for our team, and overall, we all felt great afterwards.”
Who do you admire most and why?
“To be honest, I admire the head coach of this program, Coach Caldwell. I do not know anything that
occurs outside of practices and such, however every year he has a printed off plan for every single
practice, a scouting report for every game, all while working in the school for the vocational programs.
He clearly has a lot of passion for this program.”
What are your hobbies and interests outside of basketball?
“Outside of basketball, I sew and embroider in my spare time. I am also into swimming. I dropped competitive swimming a few years ago, but if it didn’t conflict with basketball, I would have probably joined our swim team. I did end up becoming a lifeguard, so I did get to live some of both worlds at the same time.”
If you could travel anywhere in the world where would it be?
“At this point I would be excited to be able to travel! But to give an answer, it would most likely be Spain. I may be biased because my Spanish teacher made it sound awesome, however I feel as if the country is rich in culture that oftentimes isn’t explored outside of a typical Spanish course.”
If you could give a piece of advice to the younger kids in our program, what would it be?
“My advice to the younger kids is this. Don’t let setbacks keep you from succeeding. Whether it be a bad grade on a test to a long streak of losses in a season, it won’t bring you down unless you let it. One of more successful seasons started with a four to five game losing streak. Keep your head up, and finish everything you do with your best, and the small failures will be just that, small setbacks.”