Athlete of the Month
The March 2016 recipient of our Athlete of the Month Award is Rekha Berry from McGill Toolen High School
She's obviously intelligent, but it is her diligence, organization, time management, and accountability that sustains her as an honor student.
Varsity Girls Basketball, Head Coach
When watching McGill Toolen's Girls Basketball, it's quite evident that number 11 is the engine that keeps the team adding wins to their already impressive record. The person behind that fiery scowl is Rekha Berry. McGill Toolen's passionate point guard has led her team to a 24-4 record this year with hopes of capturing an Alabama state title.
Rekha has received several honors in recognition of her skillset as a tremendous point guard. However, she has proven that her skills reach far beyond the basketball court. The homecoming queen has hopes to become a cardiologist and she seems to have a pretty good grasp on what it takes. Although she remains incredibly busy with basketball, being a first-chair violinist, and modeling on several television platforms, Rekha has earned a 3.7 GPA. McGill Toolen's Department Chair of Foreign Languages, Amelia Perry, says, "Rekha is a student who strives to do her very best in whatever area she attempts, whether in the classroom, in a sport, or in her community." As a staple in her community, Rekha utilizes her platform to uplift those around her. She has volunteered with Toys for Tots, vacation bible school, math tutoring, and the Children's Miracle Network. The future cardiologist has a huge heart for giving back.
As a Distinguished Young Woman of Mobile County 2015, Rekha has been able to earn academic scholarships. As the point guard of her basketball team, she has been able to earn basketball scholarship offers. It doesn't stop there! As a sprinter on her school's track team, she's earned scholarship offers to run truck as well. Rekha holds McGill Toolen's track meet record for the 60-meter dash and the triple jump. This highly accomplished young woman still has the motivation to lead by example. Head girls basketball coach, Carla Berry, says, "her consistent work ethic makes her an invaluable leader. Her commitment to such a high level of effort and intensity sets a tone for our team that a coach alone cannot create."
Rekha definitely has her eyes set on bringing home the state championship; however, her perspective is set well-beyond any trophy that her team brings home. She understands her experiences as an athlete are also beneficial for winning the game of life. Rekha says, "I know these skills including "character, sportsmanship, citizenship, tolerance, diversity and respect for others" will all be useful in college and beyond."