I’m grace Wilkinson, a junior volleyball player at Rampart High School.
I won the national MaxPreps Athlete of the Month sponsored by the Marines.
I was honestly really shocked, I had no idea that I would be chosen out of all awesome athletes.
For winning this award MaxPreps came in and filmed me throughout the day.
I was really nervous, but it was really awesome meeting nice people and getting experience.
I asked MaxPreps to interview my two high school coaches, my coach Nikki and my coach Eli. Also my history teacher Mr. McKinney and my english teacher Ms. Cornett.
I chose them because they’re really safe adults that I feel like I can talk to about anything, and they’ve been through everything that I’ve been through this year with me.
I got sick in February, I went home from volleyball class thinking I’d be fine, just a fever or whatever.
I went home, I sweating like crazy and that’s not like me I don’t really sweat.
Two days came around, and I was so pale, and my dad was like you need to go the doctor.
I went to the pediatrician.
They said you need go the ER, like you’re not okay.
So we went to the ER, they did blood work, and they diagnosed me with low white blood cell count.
And that meaning, I needed to go be admitted to Memorial.
I was tested for leukemia, lymphoma and a couple over other really scary diseases, and they passed that.
After a bunch of specialists and everything they diagnosed me with POTS syndrome, which is an auto-immune blood disorder.
It was really hard, I couldn’t really move, I lost 14 pounds.
I missed a lot of school, 180 periods.
It was really hard to get back in the swing of things and get my body moving like the way it used to.
My teachers were amazing, they were really helpful through all that.
Especially with missing that much school, they just were really lenient and they helped me with everything to get my work caught up in to know the content that I missed.
Keep your eye on the young lady that is serving right now in Grace Wilkinson.
Putting my foot back on the court was awesome feeling because, when I was laying in the hospital bed I didn’t know if I’d be able to play volleyball again.
So when I stepped foot on that court, I just felt so relieved and accomplished.
I’d like to thank the whole school in general.
I really enjoy being at the school, and I think that more than anything this school has made me who I am.
And I would like to thank everyone else, my coaches, my teammates especially, everyone who’s made me who I am.