The Promise Of Education

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One day the world might see Baylie Crank run onto the playing field or court to help an injured player.

The girl who loves to watch sports wants to be a part of a professional sports team, behind the scenes, as a trainer.

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Baylie Crank is looking forward to college in Utah where she has a lot of family.

"My best high school moment was going with the boys to the state championship," Crank said.

She managed the varsity basketball team her junior and senior year.

The job involved keeping the score book at away games and tournaments, keeping home game statistics and giving encouraging words to the guys on the Longhorn teams.

She also used a digital camera to film some of the Longhorn games.

"I love basketball. I grew up watching it with my dad and brother," she said.

In 2007, she and her dad began the dialog many parents have with their teens.

"My dad always tells me, you have to pick where you want to go and what you want to be," she said.

Advanced placement biology class and membership in the Health Occupations Student Association (HOSA) piqued Crank's interest in careers related to physical and occupational therapies.

"Two weeks ago we finished-up dissecting a cat in AP biology. It was interesting because you have to learn how the body works and functions," she said.

As part of HOSA she researched dialysis and helped at the grand opening of the dialysis center in Payson.

When Crank attends the state HOSA conference she will no doubt see more college and career choices.

For now, Crank plans to attend Weber State University in Ogden, Utah after summer vacation.

Crank aims to be the first person in her family to graduate college.

Realizing her dream of be-coming an athletic trainer means she will get to "help others and give back."

"That's what Grandma did when I was little. She gave back. She put everybody else first," Crank said.

Her grandmother died when Crank was eight-years-old, but Crank remembers her words:

"She didn't go to college, but she told all her grandchildren to stay in school and get an education."

Crank's older brother and sister went to college for a year.

"I know if they had the chance, they would go back. I am going to keep the promise I made to my grandmother," Crank said.

Baylie Crank's advice for underclassmen:

  • Don't slack off the first two years or you'll regret it.
  • Get involved in school activities.

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