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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.”


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