Lyndzie Brace is a well-rounded young lady and she is going places.
“I think you have to balance the two (academics and athletics),” said the 17-year old Sacred Heart senior. “Athletics are fun and they are important in high school and for some in college. But when you get out there in real world and you’re chasing that job, a college education is pretty important.”
Brace, who is headed to the University of Missouri-Columbia this fall to major in biological sciences, has her feet firmly planted in the classroom She has a 4.24 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. She scored a 26 on her ACT but said she feels she could do better and plans to take it again and Sacred Heart doesn’t calculate students’ academic rankings.
“I scored well (on the ACT) but I’m going to take it again,” said Brace, who will celebrate her 18th birthday April 21.
Brace, who plays volleyball, soccer, softball and cheerleading at Sacred Heart, does not plan to pursue athletics in college.
Brace has taken a number of weighted courses during her four years at Sacred Heart: American Literature, Elementary and Intermediary Spanish, Psychology, Advanced U.S. History, Calculus, College Algebra, Physics, English Composition I and II and Public Speaking.
Besides the three athletic teams she plays on at the school, Brace is Vice President of the National Honor Society, Youth Leadership of Sedalia, the National Junior Honor Society when she was in junior high, was Vice President of her class for three years and is now the Secretary, is on the Math Team, has been named the Rotary Student of the Month, is a past member of the Speech team, is on the Yearbook staff and has served on the Junior-Senior Prom Committee.
Brace is a four-year member of the Lady Gremlin volleyball team, making Honorable Mention All Kaysinger Conference last fall and was Academic All State for two years. She played on Lady Gremlin volleyball teams that won two district titles and made the Elite Eight twice.
“I think this year in volleyball is a highlight,” she said. “No one expected us to do any good. We won the district, won the sectional (at home and lost to Winona in the quarterfinals. They went on to win the state. I think there should be two separate days for the sectional and quarterfinal, so we can rest and get ready.”
This spring will be her fourth as the shortstop for the Lady Gremlin softball team and was team captain for three years. She a cheerleader at Sacred Heart her senior year.
Brace was a defender for the Lady Gremlin soccer team her freshman season, but gave up the game to concentrate on softball.
Lyndzie, which sport is your favorite?
“Wow, that is a hard one,” she said. “I like them all. I give all my effort to every one of them.” Brace said she has little time for hobbies, but does enjoy spending time with her friends and family when she has time to spare.
Brace has a younger brother, Kolin, 15, and a freshman at Sacred Heart. She is the daughter of the late Suzanne Brace, and Kelly Brace, Sedalia.