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Starting catcher for the varsity fastpitch softball team at Geronimo High School, Nalia Volz-Tavai 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,” said Nalia. “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.”

Being a member of a small community means there are opportunities to meet and get to know a lot of people. For Nalia, helping people in need is close to her heart. At school, Nalia 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,” she said. “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.”

Nalia said her mother has played an important 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 how to always try my hardest and to go for everything I want in life,” said Nalia.

As a student-athlete, Nalia 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 and get to watch people grow. Being a student-athlete is about so much more than winning,” she said.

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