10:03 AM EDT, May 12, 2011
Deanna Faith Yocum got the win she’d been waiting for since middle school on Senior Night when her Lincoln County girls soccer team finally beat Mercer County.
“I was ecstatic,” she said. “I had everyone I’ve ever known there, my friends, my family.”
Yocum recently decided to take her superior soccer skills to Campbellsville University where she’ll play for the Lady Tigers. Amid the madness of college selection, she felt called to attend the small school affiliated with the Southern Baptist Church.
“I’m pretty sure I’m going to love it,” she said. “I feel like it’s where I’m supposed to be.”
Along with Yocum’s athletic ability, Campbellsville will gain her academic prowess. The Kentucky Governor’s Scholar maintains a 4.561 grade-point average while fulfilling her duties as Beta Club president, class treasurer and Student Council member.
She also volunteers with the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, Lincoln County Changers and Crusaders for Christ.
Yocum, daughter of Mark and Linda Yocum, said her soccer career actually has helped her academic and community service pursuits.
“Athletics really helped me to stay focused because I knew I didn’t have time to be getting into trouble and doing all the crazy stuff teenagers do,” she said.
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