ANNA BALTZ POCAHONTAS
Anna Baltz was seemingly involved in everything at Pocahontas High School.
The 5-5 senior played four sports, was involved in no less than seven extracurricular activities and managed to rank second in her class.
This very busy young lady now plans to attend Southern Methodist University in Dallas to major in business.
“My mother is from Texas and I have family in the area,” Baltz said. “I enjoyed my visit there and it seemed to be the place that I wanted to be.”
Baltz was a singles champion at her conference, district and state tennis tournaments. In basketball, Anna was a starting guard for a team that won their last 23 games. She helped the Pocahontas track team earn a state championship by competing in the pole vault and on the winning 3,200-meter relay team. She also competed in four events for the Lady Redskins’ swim team.
“The only two sports that overlapped were basketball and swimming,” Baltz said. “And their schedules worked out perfectly.”
Baltz fought through two injuries during her high school career. She suffered an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury her sophomore year and meniscus tear prior to the regional basketball tournament in February.
“I missed six months during my sophomore year,” Baltz said. “I was able to return to run track that year, but it was very
difficult to sit and watch as the basketball team played. I felt like that was a major setback because I really wanted to make a contribution to the team. But once I got back, it made me work even harder.”
Baltz said the meniscus tear caused some pain, but her doctors said she did not need to have surgery until her high school career was finished.
Baltz was just as busy in other school activities. She was president of the Future Business Leaders of American and also served as secretary of the student council.
At SMU, Baltz is considering a career in accounting.
“I’m not necessarily sold on accounting yet, but I have time to figure it out,” Baltz said. “I plan to take a lot of classes and see what I actually want to do.”