PREP BADMINTON

T.F. North badminton player Marissa Willaims a leader among peers

2013-05-01T18:00:00Z 2013-08-20T18:19:13Z T.F. North badminton player Marissa Willaims a leader among peersMike Nieto mike.nieto@nwi.com, (219) 933-3232 nwitimes.com

For Marissa Williams, all the world could be a stage.

At least a classroom.

The T.F. North senior has been involved in various clubs from speech, to radio and drama. She is also a four-year badminton player and is involved with peer mediation, which helps resolves conflicts before they get out of hand.

"All of those help you with public speaking because I used to be pretty shy," Williams said. "They all make you learn to speak better and to think about and research what you are talking about."

Williams will compete in today's Reavis Sectional.

She said her radio class had the students get facts and write up newscasts and then read them.

"It makes you have to think quickly, but make sure you have the facts," Williams said. "Then, you have to broadcast it."

The peer mediation involves communicating with students who may have a problem and helping them solve it.

"Some of it is peer pressure, but a lot of it is trying to make sure it doesn't get out of hand," Williams said. "You feel good because you helping by not letting situation or incident get out of hand."

She said she has used things in her other extra-curricular activities to help her with badminton.

"I get frustrated when thing don't go right and I have a bit of a temper," Williams said. "Through the acting and what I have learned, I have been able to help myself in badminton.

"You learn to control things because in those activities, you have to have that discipline."

She said badminton has been fun and that today's sectional will be a tough one.

"It's been a great four years," she said. "One thing I learned about badminton is that is as much of a mental game as it is physical, but you have to be alert on the court."

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