Being a high school athlete is tough. You have practices, games, school work, and squeezing in a social life into that schedule is pretty tough. From the outside, Bozeman senior volleyball standout Meagan Smith is your typical high school senior, serving as captain as a three year varsity member of the Bozeman volleyball team, and she's also this year's homecoming representative for the sport. But take a closer look, as when it comes to school- her life is a little different- as Meagan is home schooled.
"I get up around 11:30 probably, so I have it easy," she said. "I do school probably for like an hour or so, and then I'm done. I only have three subjects this year, so it's great."
But Meagan's earned that easy senior year, as she sports a perfect 4.0 GPA, getting her work done independently without the constant reminders of teachers.
"It's a great experience for us to have her, and I think it's a great experience for her to have us," said head coach Monica Hood. "There's never been an issue that she doesn't go here, it's always felt like she has gone here."
"I see them every now and then, I come up for lunch," said Meagan. "But I enjoy spending time with them, they're so sweet. I love them."
A great experience for her younger teammates as Meagan provides leadership as the lone senior for the Lady Bucks this season.
"I try to be a good leader to them," she said. "I always try to have a positive attitude to see if I can help bring them up when they're down."
"She watches over the girls," said Coach Hood. "She always wants to bring them up, she always is a positive, she always is smiling. She'll make a mistake, she knows it, and she tries to better herself all the time. She's one of those that is so eager to learn and so eager to please and so eager to be a leader, so it's really nice to have a student like that."
A student like that- who does it all from the comfort of her own home. Meagan told me sometimes her teammates are a little jealous she gets to do her studies from home, but she says she plans on being a regular student at Gulf Coast before going into the mission field.