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Alicia Armstrong

Beatrice's Alicia Armstrong, a Nebraska recruit, was named the 2011 Lincoln Journal Star Super-State honorary captain. (LJS file)

Alicia Armstrong spends the first few hours of the morning at a local elementary school, helping with physical education classes.

Then the Beatrice senior heads off to high school. This semester's schedule includes advanced math, creative writing, world history, Spanish 4 and English 4.

The Nebraska softball recruit considered a career in physical education before deciding on physical therapy.

"I started working with the elementary kids because that is what I thought I wanted to go into. But since Nebraska doesn't have a P.E. program, I've changed to physical therapy," Armstrong said.

"I've had physical therapy a couple of times and it's kind of related to sports and helping people in sports, so that's why I chose it."

Armstrong carries a 3.9 grade-point average and is ranked fifth in her class of 133. She was a four-year starter in softball, basketball and soccer for the Lady Orange.

She tried track this spring, but was injured during the first meet and went back to soccer.

"I was going to be doing the jumps and I didn't think I should be jumping off my bad knee, so I went back to soccer after one track meet," Armstrong said. "I play either forward or goalie, depending on what we need."

With a day that begins at around 9 a.m. and usually ends well into the evening, Armstrong has a strong game plan to make it work. Besides playing soccer for Beatrice, Armstrong is a member of the Nebraska Gold softball team, which begins competition early in the spring.

"If I have a game and I know the next day I have something big, I'll go home with my parents or I'll study on the bus there. It's just timeliness, I guess," Armstrong said.

Armstrong has found most of her classes to be challenging. The Journal Star Super-State softball captain considers Spanish 4 her hardest class.

"It's tough because it takes English grammar and applies it to the Spanish language," Armstrong said.

Her favorite teacher is mathematics instructor Matt Barnard. He is also the assistant girls basketball coach.

Armstrong was in Barnard's geometry class as a sophomore but still goes to him for help.

"He's always been there when I've had a problem. Last year when I was in Algebra 2A, he helped me. I'm not the best at math and he knows it and is always there to help," Armstrong said.

Armstrong will have approximately six hours of college credit when she starts at NU in the fall.

But staying on top of classwork hasn't been easy, especially during her final year.

"Being a senior, a lot of us will have senioritis and not want to do the work. But I'll stay home and get it done, no matter what I may be missing," Armstrong said. "I actually like learning it before (a test) and not having to put in extra time studying right before it happens."


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