Monday Spotlight: Juggling it all pays off for Central senior

Sydney Crosser

WOODSTOCK – Central High School senior Sydney Crosser does it all – academically, athletically and still finds time to give back to the community.

Crosser, 18, of Maurertown, has been an All-A Honor Roll student since the start of high school and has taken Advanced Placement and dual-enrollment courses in government, calculus and English to get ahead in her studies.

She said she also keeps busy as president of the school’s National Honor Society and is a member of the school’s new program, Friendly Giants, a mentorship program created by another Central High School student that gives kids at W.W. Robinson Elementary School extra attention and builds self-esteem.

Outside of school, Crosser has served the community through organizations such as Soul Food, March of Dimes, local animal shelters and through tutoring.

“It’s great to give back to the community,” she said. “Anytime that you can help the people that have shaped you, I feel that’s important.”

Crosser has also been captain of the varsity swimming team for 10th, 11th and 12th grades, as well as captain of the varsity soccer team during 10th and 11th grades. She added that she has participated in these sports since she was about 5 years old.

She said juggling all these activities has been very rewarding, but can be challenging to manage everything she has to do in a day.

“I just put them into little boxes,” she said about all of her commitments, “and I focus on one thing at a time because it is a lot.”

For anyone with a busy workload, she advises them to follow their dreams and use the resources available to them.

“It’s important to recognize what you have now and there are so many building blocks that you have at your hands,” she said. “You just need to realize what they are and use them to your best ability.”

Crosser said she will be attending the University of Virginia in the fall and will major in biology with a pre-med track.

“I really enjoy biology because it talks a lot about cells and how things work together,” she said, “and I think that really applies to real life.”

“I also think the sciences are really neat because there are so many things that are unknown and people are constantly making discoveries,” she added about why she loves the field of science.

After graduating college, she hopes to pursue a career as a pediatrician because she loves working with children. As a part of the Friendly Giants program and coaching, she has gained an appreciation for helping children and wants to turn that passion into a career.

In college, she hopes to continue diving into sports and programs through clubs at the university and is excited to meet new people.

“I think it’s really important to meet new people,” she said. “The best way is to try out as many new things as possible.”

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or ktoy@nvdaily.com