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PressBox, GBMC Honor Eastern Tech's Victoria Johns

April 25, 2016
PressBox and GBMC have teamed up to honor one high school student-athlete each month who demonstrates sportsmanship, school spirit, hard work and dedication.

The latest honoree is Eastern Tech girls' basketball player Victoria Johns. 

To nominate a student-athlete for consideration, click here.    

Johns was nominated by Mavericks head coach Kim O'Connor, who praised the senior standout for her dedication, heart and hustle on and off the basketball court.

"Tori is one of those players that, as a coach, she pushes you to your limits to find new ways to keep pushing her, because every time you ask her to reach a goal, she does it," O'Connor said. "And she does it quickly and efficiently, and she's hungry for more. 

"And she not only leads on the floor with skill, but with her attitude. A lot of the players look up to her. And as a coaching staff, we can count on her all the time to have a great attitude, to be a competitor on the floor and to lead the team with their aggressiveness and their sportsmanship on the floor as well." 

Johns has spent the last two years playing under the tutelage of O'Connor, providing Eastern Tech with a spark on both ends of the floor with her attention to detail. 

"Tori is always on the floor, literally, diving for balls, getting knocked around because she sacrifices herself, puts herself on the inside and never complains, never wants to come out of the games," O'Connor said. "She always wants to be on the floor, and she's always shown respect to the other coaches and players."

Off the court, Johns has excelled in the classroom, maintaining an A average while taking nine advanced placement courses. She also serves as president of the math and music honor societies at Eastern Tech and is a member of the English, science and national honor societies. 

Upon receiving the award, Johns expressed appreciation for being recognized because of her solid leadership skills. 

"This really means a lot for me, because sometimes being the nice one on the basketball court goes a little bit unnoticed," Johns said. "A lot of the times, the players that are loud and boisterous or have attitudes are the ones that get noticed -- but in a negative way. 

"And I have always been proud of the fact that referees will come to me and say, 'You played a nice game. You have a nice attitude; I want to ref your game again.' And I am glad enough people were able to see it that I was recognized with this award."  

In addition to her academic and athletic commitments, Johns dedicates a large amount of her time to helping others around the community. She volunteers as a coach and mentor for youth basketball players ranging from second to ninth grade at a local summer basketball camp.  

Johns said the combination of a strong upbringing and her participation in basketball has gone a long way in shaping the person she has become today. 

"My parents have always pushed me to do what I want to do, and so that's how I started to play basketball," Johns said. "But as it went on, my parents were the ones who instilled the good values in me, but when I continued to do them and saw the results, it helped me realize what I could do in my life if I kept that kind of attitude and that kind of effort."  

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