Monday Spotlight: Student keeps active and dreams big

Aliyah Kibler

WOODSTOCK – An eighth grader at Peter Muhlenberg Middle School is keeping busy with academics and athletics in hopes of attending a good college later on.

Aliyah Kibler, 13, of Woodstock is involved with many athletics and school programs, all while keeping her grades up to par.

Aliyah is the governor of her class and was elected by her peers after presenting a speech about the goals she wants to accomplish during the school year.

“To make the classroom more positive,” she said was her overall goal. Rewards would be given for good grades, attendance and behavior in the classroom.

She added that she is a part of a program called Conflict Prevention Leadership Team, which meets to discuss ways to make the school better.

“I’ve always liked being able to help other people,” she said, and wants to be a part of similar groups at the high school level.

She added that she tries to consistently keep her grade level at an “A.”

“I try to do my best in school,” she said, “and sports too.”

In addition to her many academic achievements, Aliyah also participates in a variety of athletics, including cross country, track and softball.

She said she began playing in the little league when she was 5 years old and hasn’t stopped playing sports since. She has run the Woodstock Turkey Trot and hopes to continue on with sports in high school.

“I like to be active,” she said. “I really enjoy running.”

Through all of these groups that she is a part of, she said she has made lasting friendships.

She admitted that it can be difficult to juggle all of these activities, but always makes academics a priority in order to maintain her grades. She said in order to keep up with her classwork she studies during lunch and stays after school.

Even at her young age, she is considering her college options, saying she wants to attend a “good college” with good academic and sport programs. She said she has considered colleges out of state because “there’s more than here.”

“I always try to look at college and the future. That’s another reason why I do sports because it makes you well-rounded because colleges look at that in the future,” she said.

She added that she hopes these activities pay off in the form of scholarships as well.

Aliyah said she is considering a major related to government.

“I want to have a job where I can impact people,” she said.

After high school, she added that she would like to travel before college, possibly sightseeing in Europe, and more specifically, Paris.

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