Geronimo’s Nalia Talia-Volz – Character Counts Presented by Arvest Bank

Starting catcher for the varsity fastpitch softball team at Geronimo High School, Nalia Talia-Volz is known for her play on the field and her heart off the field. The catcher, and sometimes centerfielder, is a natural leader on the field. “Being a leader to me means setting a good example. I think that being a leader is a chance to show those that you lead respect and kindness. People look up to those who lead them and I think it’s good to show them different life lessons,” said Talia-Volz.

Being a member of a small community means you have an opportunity to meet and get to know a lot of people. For Talia-Volz, helping people in need is close to her heart.

At school, Talia-Volz is involved in many activities including FCCLA and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. “I really enjoy being part of a smaller school and getting to grow with people I’ve known my whole life. Being part of a small community is also a plus because we come together in all we do and when something hurts one of us, we pick each other back up,” said Talia-Volz.

She said her mother has played a big role in shaping who she is today. “The biggest role model in my life is my mom. My mom (LeAnn) is the strongest person I know. She has shown me to always try my hardest and to go for everything I want in life,” said Talia-Volz.

As a student-athlete, Talia-Volz understands what it means to be part of a team and how to use that to collectively achieve goals. “The most important part about being a student-athlete to me is learning new things. As a student-athlete you learn to work as a team, different communication skills, and more. You make friends from all over being a student-athlete and get to watch people grow. Being a student-athlete is about so much more than winning,” said Talia-Volz.

After she graduates, Talia-Volz plans to attend college and become a physical therapist assistant. She would like to attend school at Southwestern Oklahoma State University.