Sport: Volleyball (Girls)
One day, Ragen Riggs will perfect the art of saying no.
Perhaps when she’s a supervisor or company president or even a mother, Riggs will use the two-letter word with great skill and gusto. But for now, Riggs can’t say no and that makes her a very busy person.
”I almost didn’t go out for track last year, but I couldn’t make myself do it,” said Riggs, a senior at Gilbert Higley High School. “Everything I do, I love. When I’m in a sport or a class, I give my all to those things.”
Riggs has done some sport, every season, all three-plus years of high school. In the fall, she’s on the volleyball team. During winter, she’s on the soccer team. And she finishes off her year with track and field. Riggs even ran cross country as a sophomore, but went back to volleyball.
Riggs does all of that as well as student council and still has maintained her perfect 4.0 GPA (4.716 weighted), and has held steady at No. 2 in her class rank.
“I have never gotten a B, ever, in my whole life,” Riggs said with equal parts pride and surprise. “I have to get my school work done and I can’t slack, but I’m a bit of a procrastinator and that puts a lot of pressure on myself.”
Learning to deal with pressure will be a good skill for Riggs, who plans on studying nursing in college. Pressure and a lack of sleep is a common job trait for nurses, and Riggs’ busy schedule means she is already accustomed to both.
“I’ve really had to balance everything, but the earliest I go to bed is 10:30,” Riggs said. “When we have two or three games per week, I’m always up late finishing things. It’s been hard, but it’s manageable.”