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Lady Bulldog of the Week - Ellen Hevenor

By Brady Keane BCC Contributor

Ellen Hevenor, a senior at Bandera High School, has been a three sport standout for the Lady Bulldogs over the past four years. After demonstrating excellence both in the classroom and on the field, Hevenor will be heading to Texas A&M University next year to study business.

"Sports have always been a large part of my life," Hevenor said. "I'm definitely going to miss playing, but I'm excited to be moving on to a new chapter in my life."

As a freshman, Hevenor was the starting third baseman on the varsity softball team, and has excelled all four seasons as a key member of the Lady Bulldogs' success. Hevenor received Honorable Mention All-District honors following her freshman and senior seasons, and was awarded First Team All-District Utility Player her junior year.

"Softball was always an enjoyable season," Hevenor said. "I really love the sport, and I've made lifelong friends with girls on the team."

During her sophomore year, Hevenor was a top defensive player for the dominant Lady Bulldogs soccer team. Hevenor received Second Team All-District during her junior season, and Honorable Mention All-District this past season as a senior. As a junior, Hevenor joined the Lady Bulldogs varsity volleyball team as a back row defensive specialist.

"I've grown up playing soccer with all the girls on that team," Hevenor said. "All of us are such good friends on and off the field, and I've really enjoyed playing with all of them."

While playing a key part on three varsity teams for the Lady Bulldogs, she has also managed to be a standout student in the classroom. Hevenor will graduate with a 4.0 GPA and is number three in the senior class.

"It gets pretty stressful trying to keep up with everything, especially during tournament seasons," Hevenor said. "I had to balance my time between sports and school, and often sacrificed my weekends to keep my grades up."

On top of sports and academics, Hevenor is also the secretary of National Honor Society, is involved in stock shows year round, and writes for the Bulldog Times Online Newsletter.

"I love being involved in so many different things," Hevenor said. "Each one of them has taught me different skills that will help me through college and through life."

Ellen will be heading out to A&M in August to begin her college career as a full-time student.

"I've grown up going to all of the A&M football games, so I'm excited to finally be there as a student," Hevenor said. "It's definitely going to be a new experience, but I'm more than ready for it.