Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
Horn Leading Herrin On and Off the Court
HERRIN -- With the sound of a whistle, practice begins at Herrin high school. Directing the school song is senior Abby Horn, the band's drum major.
"It starts with my grandpa," Horn said. "He was a band director and coach. He coached all my aunts and uncles and my dad and they all were really good athletes and so it's normal to me."
But Horn is far from normal compared to most students. A four-year starter on the volleyball team, the middle hitter was one of the area's best. On the basketball court, she's been the starting center for the last four years, averaging 16 points and 10 rebounds this season. As part of the track team, Abby has qualified for the state meet every year.
"A busy life but I don't know what else I would do," Horn said. "I've been playing three sports since I was in middle school and I like being involved."
Athletics are a big part of Horn's life but so is music. She's been playing the saxophone since third grade. This year she became drum major.
"My parents have always pushed me to do your best and I like to do my best in a lot of things," added Horn.
"She's one in a million really," Tigers head basketball coach Bill Green said. "Just a super kid, a good student and a good athlete."
At 6-foot-1, Horn stands above her teammates. The straight-A student is the only player in band and one of the few in French Club and the Future Business Leaders of America, meaning her free time is limited.
"I've grown to love it and that's where your friendships come from, so I get to be with people that I really enjoy being around."
The future physical therapist has multiple offers to play volleyball in college. It might be the first time in her life she actually can focus on one activity at a time.
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