Student Athlete: Leah Leshnack

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Leah Leshnack has helped lead the Liberty girls basketball team to ten wins so far this season.  But she’s not only succeeding on the court.  She’s also made an ART of excelling in the classroom and beyond.

“If I didn’t play sports, I don’t think my life would be nearly the same,” she said.
That’s because she would have a lot more free time.  The Liberty senior is an all-league performer in volleyball, basketball, and softball.
As an outside hitter on the volleyball team, she was all-conference as a junior and senior, and all-district as a senior. She played in the Terrific 21 All-star game, and a was a captain her senior year.

In basketball, Leah is the reigning team MVP. As the point guard, and captain, she averages over 20 points and three assists a game. She was all-league as a sophomore and junior, as well as all-district as a soph/jr. She won the Gold Academic Award from the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association.

Leah plays shortstop in softball. She is a 3-year captain and has been 1st team all-conference since her sophomore year. She was 1st team all-district her junior year.

“I spend so much time at the school, in the gym, and on the field, this is like a second home I’m here so much.  So, I work hard, and I like to win,” she added.

And that mentality has carried over onto the playing field.  Leshnack will graduate with twelve varsity letters. She is the reigning MVP of her basketball team, averaging over 20 points and three assists a game.  And, in softball, she’s a three-year captain and was named First Team All-District as a junior.

“They teach me a lot of lessons,” she admitted.   “To work hard, get along with others, and always keep a positive attitude.  Even when you’re losing, I think that’s such an important lesson./It takes so much work to practice and play, and that has carried over into my school work.”

Leshnack has a 3.83 grade point average.  She’s a member of National honor society, and an award winning artist, winning Gold and Silver Keys in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition.  She has also a member of Student government for four years, and served as a Sophomore, Junior and Senior Executive. Leah has won several awards for her art work, including gold and silver keys from the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition.

“When I was younger I always liked to draw, so I just kept going with that.  And, I’ve had a lot of good art teachers along the way that have really pushed me into improving my skills,” she said.

But when it comes down to it, Leshnack has her priorities set.

“Definitely succeeding in classroom is number one.  I love succeeding in sports, but there’s not always college money for athletics.  I need to get the money for my academics.”

Leshnack is undecided on college, but plans to play softball.

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