Warren Harding senior Payton Schuller does a little bit of everything for the Raiders.
She competes in four different sports and will graduate with 14 varsity letters. That’s believed to be one of the highest totals in school history. Plus, Schuller is a member of the marching band and a top-notch student, earning her the honor of our “33 Student Athlete of the Week.”
“No matter how worn out I get from all the things that I do, I just try to do my best,” Schuller said. “I’ll dive after a ball or stay up ’till 12:30 a.m. doing an essay. I’ll do my best to what I can do.”
She plays four sports and makes it look easy. Schuller is an all-out competitor for the Raiders, including a two-year captain on the softball team where she’s an All-Conference shortstop.
“Well, ever since I was a freshman, I’ve always looked up to the seniors no matter what and I’ve just been waiting to get that chance to have an influence on some underclassmen and push them to be the best they can be,” she said.
There’s really no off-season for Schuller. In the fall, she competes on the golf and soccer teams at Harding. Then she heads right into bowling season, anchoring the Raiders’ lineup and qualifying for districts as a senior.
“I definitely get worn down but I always just again push myself and l never get tired of being busy,” Schuller said. “I can’t live without it.”
Schuller also stays busy in the classroom. She carries a 3.95 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society. Next year, she’s heading to Cleveland State to study sports management.
“School has always been more important than sports so I’ve always wanted to be a leader in both the academics realm and athletics,” she said. “Being able to be both just makes me really proud of myself.”