Seneca High School senior, Aliya Grotjohn, has always had a competitive nature.
“I actually started competitive cheerleading as my main sport when I was in the third grade,” said Aliya. “I did that for four years until I got into junior high and that is when I started playing basketball. I fell in love with the sport and never looked back.”
For this student-athlete, sports is more than just a pass time, it is a learning opportunity.
“Sports is a way to learn valuable life lessons such as teamwork, respect, and selflessness,” Aliya said. “It is also a good way for people to come together and become friends.”
Aliya plays point guard for the basketball team and an outfielder for the softball team. Athletics is not her only focus either; she is also part of the student council as well.
“I balance life and school by setting time aside in the evening to finish any homework I may have. It helps that we only attend school Tuesday through Friday, so I also have all day Monday for homework.”
After many years of playing basketball her favorite memory is a recent one.
“My favorite sports memory and part of the season was when I got to play with my sister who is a freshman,” Aliya said. “It was our only time to share the court in school ball.”
Having someone to look up to is important for any athlete and Aliya does not have to look far for some great inspiration.
“I really look up to my parents the most, they always encourage me in all that I do and help me when I need any kind of help,” Aliya said.
After high school Aliya will attend college on a basketball scholarship where she plans to major in physical therapy.