Sheffield’s Grubbs Times Observer Scholar-Athlete of 2018
Sheffield senior Mya Grubbs is one of those people you notice immediately when she walks in a room.
Outgoing, fun, positive – those words could be used to describe her, but she is also an intense competitor both in the classroom, in the athletic arena and in the community.
Those are traits that have helped her to excel in all areas of her life, and also led her to be named the Warren Times Observer Female Scholar Athlete of the Year.
Grubbs was a multi-sport athlete for the Wolverines, and she didn’t just participate, she excelled in each one of them.
She was a standout for the volleyball team that has been the winningest program at Sheffield over the last two years. This past fall, she helped lead her team to a victory over Elk County Catholic, the first time this decade the Wolverines knocked off the Crusaders.
On the basketball court, she was a leader for coach Brandon Troutman, serving as a captain for the last two seasons. She also earned the Defensive MVP award for her team.
“Her work ethic makes her a natural leader, and though she’s not overly vocal, when she speaks, her peers listen,” noted Troutman.
As impressive as her contributions were in volleyball and basketball, softball may have been the sport where she excelled the most.
Again, she took on a leadership role, serving as a captain for three seasons while earning team Most Valuable Player honors.
And when she wasn’t playing softball for Sheffield, she was swinging it for the Tri-City Thunder travel team, citing coach Ed Winger as one of her favorite coaches.
While there are only three seasons on the scholastic sports schedule, Grubbs competed in a fourth sport – rifle shooting.
And, as you might guess, she was excellent.
She was a 4-year co-captain on her rifle team and competed at nationals in Camp Perry, Ohio.
And when she wasn’t busy competing, Grubbs was cheering.
She was a cheerleader all four years of high school and even competed in the new competition cheerleading this past year.
As you might have guessed, she was a leader in the cheerleading arena as well, serving as a captain for three years.
She even had the opportunity to cheer at the Orange Bowl this year, but turned it down because she didn’t want to miss any basketball games.
Talk about a team-first player.
If that seems like a lot, it is. And that’s just the athletic side of things.
In the classroom, she served as Class President this past year, and was involved in all sorts of school related clubs and activities, such as Mock Trial, History Club, SADD and Varsity Club.
And she did all of it while maintaining a top-notch GPA.
To say that Miss Grubbs has been a full-time student would be an understatement.
Oh yeah, she does all that while also holding a job at Bowlaway Lanes.
There, she works for Scott Olson, the head volleyball coach at Eisenhower who also serves as Mya’s club volleyball coach.
“As a member of my volleyball club, Mya was a leader both on and off the court. She pushed herself to lead by example so that other girls would follow and make the team better as a whole,” Olson noted. “Mya was able to juggle a demanding practice schedule, school work and still find time to work for me.”
One thing is for certain – she has certainly left quite an impression on everyone, from teachers and coaches, to fellow classmates.
She will take all those positive experiences with her to Lock Haven University, with the hopes of continuing to cheerlead as well.
And she will lead continue to lead by example, and do so with the vibrant personality that endears her to everyone that meets her.