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Illini West High School
Class Rank: 1st out of 94 Senior Students
Sports: Volleyball, Basketball, Softball
College: Illinois College
Intended Major: Pharmacy
Illini West's Elyce Trout has packed in the credentials on the court and softball diamond. But what's really impressive is her stat line off them. Elyce is number one in her class with a perfect 4.0 GPA. And with being active in every sports season, she's learned how to always make time for academics.
Elyce Trout: "when I have the time to do things I make sure I get my homework and stuff done because you don't have a lot of time to do things. After practice I come home and do my homework, then do the other things that I like to do but I try to not procrastinate. I try to get my work done first and then have fun later."
Elyce's drive is a direct reflection of her relationship with her two biggest fans.
Elyce: "my parents have really pushed me to do the best that I can in what I'm in. My players and coaches, I can't let them down or be ineligible or anything like that so I know I have to keep my grades up. And yeah, my parents have pushed me to do the best that I can."
A member of the volleyball, basketball, and softball team, Elyce doesn't have an off-season during the school year. But she wouldn't have it any other way.
Elyce: "I really enjoy it. I wouldn't do it if I didn't enjoy it, so obviously I really enjoy it. I like the teams I'm on, I like all the players, we all get along really well for the most part. We're really young, but I still get along with all the young girls. And it's just a lot of fun to be able to do."
As she heads of to college just down the highway, Elyce will study to become a pharmacist.
Elyce: "I think I'm going to Illinois College to do pre-pharmacy and then transfer to a pharmaceutical school. And then I'm going to Illinois College and I'll be playing softball as well. I really like math, chemistry and science, so I've looked in to it and that required a lot of math and science and stuff like that. I've always been interested in the medical kind of stuff, so pharmacy I thought would be ok. Which I might change later but for right now I think pharmacy is what I want to do."
With all her responsibility, Elyce faces her fair share of adversity. After all she's accomplished, nothing can slow her down.
Elyce: "I always tell myself you've done it before so you can do it again. And you don't want to let your teammates down or anyone down, your parents, friends, family or anyone like that. So I always tell myself you can do it, not just for yourself but for others as well."