JTA 7th Grader Karlee Jo Adkisson is a starter for both the 7th and 8th grade Lady Trojan Girls Basketball Teams. She averages in double figures in points and assists for both teams on a regular basis on the court. But what really sets Adkisson apart from the pack for Head Girls Basketball Coach Darryl Murray is not her stats, but her leadership and charisma.
Murray says “Karlee is a leader on and off the court. Karlee has played through injury and you can see the passion and dedication she has for the game. She is always inspiring and teaching her younger teammates.” Murray went on to say that, “Even while sitting out with an injury, Karlee was on the sidelines helping her teammates. Karlee is like a coach on the floor.”
In addition to Basketball, Adkisson will spend what little free time she has during her basketball seasons playing Travel Softball. Later this winter, Adkisson has aspirations to join the North Hardin Lady Trojan Basketball Team to play on the Freshman and possibly even the JV levels. After basketball Adkisson won’t get much of a break, as she will go right from the basketball court to the softball diamond, as Adkisson hopes to play softball with the North Hardin squad this spring.
Karlee’s 6th Grade Social Studies teacher Megan Richardson says she is a wonderful student to have in your classroom. “She walks in with a smile and is immediately engaged in class. Karlee is an intelligent young woman who always offers great insight during class discussions.” Richardson went on to say that “I truly miss having her in class and I’m excited to see all that she accomplishes in the future, I know it will be amazing.”
JTA Athletic Director, Richard Rowland, recognizes Adkisson as a true well-rounded Student-Athlete, saying that, “Karlee is not just a talented athlete, but she is a well-rounded, and genuinely good person to her teammates, as a student in the classroom and in the halls, and you don’t find that kind of all-around dedication anymore. To be honest, it’s refreshing to see it in such a young athlete these days.”
Adkisson last year was an inaugural recipient of the Student-Athlete of the Year award as a 6th Grader. Also as a 6th Grader she was recognized as Student of the Month twice, a nominee for the Trojan Award, named to the All-A Honor Roll, and received the Trojan Pride Award. While racking up all of this hardware, she also finds time to be an active member of both the school’s Beta and Pep Clubs.