Abby Sherman, Senior, has been running since 7th grade when Rob Collins (Cross Country coach) noticed her talents during P.E. She had done ballet since the age of two and stopped dancing after middle school. She also stopped playing basketball and volleyball in high school in order to focus on running, “and it’s a decision I’ve never regretted,” she said. The first time she ran, she was only four seconds away from breaking the middle school record. In her second race, she broke it by five seconds.
She has run on Varsity for both Cross Country and Track all four years, except for her junior year when she was injured. “I got injured in October (2012) and it was a lot worse than I thought. I had a Benign tumor in my Tibia, and a stress fracture. That news was probably more painful than the injury itself. I think being told that you’re not allowed to do the one thing you are most passionate about in the world would be heartbreaking to anyone,” stated Abby. She was unable to run for the rest of the Cross Country season and the track season. In April of 2013, she had surgery where the tumor was removed and the surgeons did a bone marrow aspiration from her hip. Abby confirmed that: “There were times I never thought I would get better, and I wanted to quit trying. But I stuck it out, and I can stand here today happy, healthy, and with no regrets. As hard as the last year was, I would’ve never forgiven myself if I let the injury win. I guess that’s just my stubbornness.”
Abby also loves Nike. She started her love when she went to running camp in the summer of 7th grade and met some representatives for Nike Running. She has created a bond with them since she realized that the job has intrigued her very much, and she plans on going to college to major in Marketing with a minor in Business. After college, she plans on getting involved with Nike and doing what the representatives inspired her to do.
Aside from running (which she claims takes up most of her time), Abby is very involved with the school. She has gone to the San Lorenzo Valley since elementary school. She is very scholarly, always receiving awards for her academic achievements, and is also very involved socially. Here’s what she has to say about her contribution: “I have been active in ASB and a class officer for 3 years, and a SLVUSD Student Representative for 3 years. I started Social Justice Club at our school last year. I’m a member of NCBI, QSA, and Knitting Club. I read the bulletin in the morning and Have MC’d a few rallies.” One can see Abby anywhere on campus, always working hard to make it a better place for everybody. She is a very driven student as well as an athlete, and has contributed greatly to our school.
By: Shelby McDermott