La Monte freshman Sandra Arroyo is driven by competition and challenge. As a member of the La Monte volleyball, basketball and softball squads, she doesn’t have to look far for either of those.
Given the choice between the three, she’s quick to point out her favorite.
“Basketball. I like the fact that it’s very competitive. It’s very rough,” Arroyo said.
Arroyo is a well rounded student. Along with her athletic pursuits, she is also a member of the La Monte Student Council, the Future Business Leaders of America, the Math Club and the Spanish Club.
“I really like student council. I enjoy the leadership aspect of it,” she said.
Arroyo also participates in the JROTC program at Knob Noster.
Arroyo already has plans even if they are three or four years away.
“I know want to go into Dental Hygeine, but I’m still deciding between going to college or joining the military,” she said.
Her military branch of choice to enter is, unsurprisingly, the Marines.
“It’s a challenge. It’s what I like,” Arroyo said.
Arroyo understands the importance of a solid academic footing, however she stated “If I could, I’d rather play sports than go to school. I just love the competitiveness.”
Arroyo started out the softball season with a goal in mind and saw it through at the end of the season. The highlight of her short career to date was “Winning that championship. My goal was to get a banner and I made it my freshman year.”
Even when school is out, Arroyo still participates in the summer league in Knob Noster.
“We compete against local schools, but it’s more for fun,” she said.
When she’s not participating in sports, Arroyo said she enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her parents Mario Arroyo and Juvencia Martinez. Like most girls her age though, she enjoys heading out of town to go shopping as well.
When asked what drives her competitive spirit, Arroyo stated, “I don’t really know. I just don’t like losing. Even if we lose, I still try to keep a positive attitude, but I just like the feeling of winning.”