BAY COUNTY, Fla. - This week's Scholar Athlete of the Week sponsored by Chevrolet is Rutherford's Emily Anderson!
Emily Anderson began running cross country for Rutherford her freshman year, committing to a sport that not only takes dedication - but mental toughness - as well.
"Cross country is - I love doing it - but it's really hard. The reason I stick with it is because I love my teammates. I'm really close with all the girls on the team and all the guys, too," said Anderson.
"From her freshman year, she came up here and got better. She battled through injuries. She hurt her knee, then she just continued to get stronger," said Rutherford Cross Country Head Coach Dashoan Olds.
Emily is more than just a runner. She plays soccer, piano, and guitar and is Pep Club President. She also has another interesting hobby. Her family lives on a pig farm, so she shows pigs competitively. It's something that she's done since she was 8-years-old.
"Basically, on the weekends, we go back to the farm and practice walking and raising them to be the best. Then, we take them to competitions and compete in showmanship and classes, and we do pretty good," said Anderson.
While managing a heavy extra-curricular life, Emily is also taking all International Baccalaureate courses this year.
"Ultimately, school is the most important because I have to go to college, and I have to make a good future, but I have fun," said Anderson.
"She can do whatever she wants to. You can't even put her in one box because she really can do so many multiple things. I'm waiting for what she's going to decide to do in the future, and I know she's going to excel at it," said Olds.
Emily says she wants to go to Liberal Arts College and has a few schools in mind for where she'd like to go already.