Cori Reynolds, 17, will follow in her parents' footsteps when she begins studying education at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill.
“My father is a high school English teacher and my mother is an elementary physical education teacher, so they both inspired me to go into education,” Reynolds said.
"My love and interest for sports also inspired me to go into sports marketing,” she said.
A senior at Thornton Fractional South High School in Lansing, Reynolds maintains a 4.2 grade-point average and competes with the varsity softball team.
“I’ve played softball for 13 years. I am currently on the Illinois Outlaws Travel Softball team and spend a lot of time with them,” she said.
“I love competing and getting better by constantly practicing. I love staying active and playing with my teammates. Sports are a lot of fun to be involved with,” she said.
Reynolds serves as team captain, and was named All-Conference her sophomore year and All-Conference and All-Area her junior year.
In addition, she was ranked this year as one of the top 100 softball players in the Chicagoland area by the Chicago Sun-Times.
The daughter of Sally and Ken Reynolds, of Lansing, Reynolds also is a member of Student Council and Pep Club. She also serves as a peer mediator.
“As a mediator, we help students work through their problems in a calm, non-violent manner. We help students create ways to get along with others over a dispute,” she said.
Reynolds was recognized for her accomplishments in in October by her selection as a Student of the Month by the Lansing Rotary Club.
“I was very honored to be chosen. It was nice being recognized for my achievements. I loved meeting with the Rotary members and discussing acts of leadership,” she said.