Lindsey Blaylock is a reporter‘s dream in that she likes to talk. That is going to be a key ingredient in her future endeavors to become a high school math teacher and a high school volleyball coach.
“I like kids, I like teaching kids,” said the 17-year old Blaylock, a senior at Northwest High School in Hughesville. “I just finished my first year as an assistant coach of a traveling team with the Sedalia Volleyball Club. I love teaching them to do something and then seeing them go out and do it successfully. That’s a neat feeling.”
Blaylock, who is headed to Missouri Valley College this fall on a volleyball scholarship and to major in secondary education with an emphasis in math, originally wanted to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a nurse.
“I went and shadowed my mother’s job and decided I just couldn’t do what she does every day,” said Blaylock, who has a 3.82 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, scored a 21 on the ACT and is ranked seventh academically in her senior class.
“I know most people will say academics are more important than athletics,” said Blaylock. “Academics will take you farther. But to me, they are equally important. Both can take you places.”
Besides playing volleyball and basketball and a former member of the softball team at Northwest, Blaylock is Parliamentarian of the National Honor Society, is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America, is Treasurer of the Future Teachers of America and is President Future Community and Career Leaders of America, is a member of the Math Team and is Treasurer of her Senior Class and was recently named Academic All State for volleyball.
Blaylock began playing softball in kindergarten in rec leagues and the elementary program at Northwest. She gave up the sport after her sophomore year because the season conflicted with traveling volleyball season.
She took up her favorite sport, volleyball, in junior high in seventh grade, played junior varsity as a freshman and just completed her senior year with the Lady Mustangs.
As a senior, Blaylock made All Kaysinger Conference, All District, All Central Region and Honorable Mention Class 1 All State.
Blaylock is in her fourth year of varsity basketball at Northwest.
When not going to school, Blaylock enjoys spending time with her boyfriend, her friends and family and playing traveling volleyball.
Blaylock has a younger brother, Daniel Blaylock, 14, and an eighth grader at Northwest.
She is the daughter of Marty and Tom Blaylock, Hughesville.