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Athlete a goal setter

Staci Grabill is admired for leadership, dedication

Staci Grabill is admired for leadership, dedication

September 09, 2005|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

HAGERSTOWN

tiffanya@herald-mail.com

Staci Grabill said there were times when she wanted to give up.

Grabill, 19, has a full load of classes at Hagerstown Community College, organizes fundraisers for the college's honor society and serves as captain of the volleyball team.

"Sometimes, I think I overwork myself and feel overwhelmed," the Boonsboro resident said. "Staying active keeps me out of other things. In the end, it makes me feel good."

Despite her busy schedule, her grade-point average has never fallen below 3.5 and she has made time for community service. In high school, she spent 35 to 40 hours a week volunteering with the National Honor Society at Williamsport High School, in addition to playing basketball and volleyball for the Wildcats.

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This year, she is Phi Theta Kappa's vice president of services. She has organized blood drives, toy drives and car washes. During her freshman year, she helped organize a "campus jail" fundraiser, where Phi Theta Kappa members were "jailed" on campus and could only be set free through donations of "bail."

The money raised at the events goes to local charities and to the group's scholarship fund, she said.

HCC volleyball coach Beth Domenico said Staci was part of a core group of girls who formed the glue that kept last season's team together.

"She is our keep-the-team-happy person," Domenico said. "We will definitely miss her next year."

Domenico said Grabill took on a natural leadership role as the setter, the player who distributes the ball to teammates on the court.

"As the setter, I have to be a leader on the floor, I have to take control. I love that," Grabill said.

Grabill, who majors in business, plans to enroll at Frostburg State University.

Her mother, Kriste, 47, said she's most proud of her daughter's dedication.

"She's a role model to others, to friends, to all," she said.

Grabill said she enjoys being a good example, and doesn't mind the pressure to succeed.

"As a student athlete, people look up to you," she said. "They look to you as more than just a person. They follow in your footsteps."

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