As she was getting ready to move on to Fieldcrest High School some four years ago, Minonk’s Addie Goodrich planned on spending her next four years getting involved, making a difference and staying busy.
To say she has would be an understatement.
A second-year student council president, four-sport athlete, student sponsor, part-time pizza cook, and member of school-based clubs such as the Renaissance Club, FOCUSED (for teen driving safety), National Honor Society and Drama Club among others, Addie — the third of four sisters, the youngest a freshman now at Fieldcrest High School — has made it her mission to get the most out of her high school experience while also giving back.
“I knew coming into high school that I wanted to get involved, so I made it a priority,” she said a week after the end of girls basketball season, where she and her teammates won the first regional championship in program history. “You just have to find time to balance it all.
“Of course being an athlete my whole life, that was my main priority. Then I started getting involved in clubs like student council, and I fell in love with that. After that, I just kept adding more clubs and more groups.
“I’m not going to lie: It’s pretty difficult having sports all year round and going home and having to do homework and doing all these club activities and sponsoring events we’re putting on and on top of that having to work on the weekends. But basically I put my academics first above all ... and I try to prioritize the rest by what I’ve got going on.”
At the top of her class in addition to all her other interests and responsibilities, it seems she’s doing a pretty good job of it.
“As a student, she cares about her grades,” said Fieldcrest science teacher and student council representative Bryan Martyn, whom Addie says she was intimidated by early in her freshman year but now considers her go-to educator at Fieldcrest. “Addie is very hard-working in class ... and possesses good leadership skills. She has been an executive member of student council for the last three years. The past two years, she has been student council president. As president, Addie has been responsible with a lead role in planning and organizing homecoming activities and the homecoming dance.
“Addie also has taken leading roles in other various student council events such as the Veteran’s Day assembly, Valentine’s activities and other fundraising events for charities.”
Student council is just one of the many things at which Addie — who at the moment plans to study pre-med at the University of Tennessee — has excelled.
“Me being the outgoing person that I am, I’ve tried to be a part of everything, be involved,” she said.
“Addie Goodrich is the most involved athlete I’ve ever coached, male or female,” said Lady Knights basketball coach Mitch Neally. “The love and the passion she has for her school is something that a lot of kids don’t have. She’s involved in everything she can be involved in, because she loves her school and her classmates, and she wants to make her high school career the best it can be.
“I can’t say enough about how hard she works both on the court for me and off the court in the classroom as well. ... The way that she can balance school and extra-curriculars — and she’s working too — it absolutely amazes me that she can do all that stuff and still be great at everything she does.”
That balancing act has at times been a challenge, she admits, but one Addie has attacked head on with no regrets ... and plenty of rewards.
“Being a senior, I realize how fast it all goes by, so my first recommendation (to young students entering high school) is to take it all in,” she said. “Get involved, do all the activities. High school is more than just coming here and doing homework. Find something that you love, find a group you fit in. ...
“Ever since I’ve gotten involved in everything, it’s just gotten better. It’s challenging, but it makes it a lot of fun.”