By: Logan O’Boyle
Have you ever been to a Fort Mill High School volleyball, basketball or softball game? If you have, then you probably witnessed Senior Haley Elizabeth Bonner leading her team to victory. Bonner is a Fort Mill native and proud of it. Since she is the youngest of two older brothers and the only girl in her family, Bonner has been around sports for as long as she can remember. In fact she even remembers going to her Dad’s practices in a stroller.
Out of the three sports in which Bonner excels, softball has always been her favorite and it is no doubt the reason she has been a star on the field since the day she could walk. Since then, this three-sport athlete proves that practice makes perfect. She has been the starting Varsity shortstop for four years and was the captain for two. Bonner also received the all-region award for two years, all-area award for three, two coaches awards, most-improved, MVP and, Bonner’s proudest award, CN2 Athlete of the Week, which Bonner described “as a dream come true.”
However, Bonner didn’t stop with softball. She also has nine Varsity letters. Her leadership and determination have helped her receive a number of awards in her other two sports as well. Bonner has been captain of all three of her sports and received the all-region award in both softball and volleyball. A goal she has set for herself this year is to win the all-region award for basketball. When asked what she considered to be her best accomplishment, Bonner stated that it was receiving the all-region award in volleyball her senior year because it was very unexpected. Throughout her years in high school, Bonner’s senior class noticed her hard work and voted her Most Athletic as a senior superlative.
Her father’s support is one thing that has kept Bonner going over the years. “My dad has been there for me and supported me through everything. I couldn’t do it without him,” she stated. Bonner considers her dad to be her greatest inspiration.
While Bonner is known for her work on the field, she excels in her work off the field as well. She is a “straight A student” and is in the top 15 percent of her class. She is also currently taking AP Calculus. Being involved with her school is something very important to this star athlete. She is an active member of the Beta Club, was the Vice President of the Block FM Club, participated in the Miss Fort Mill Pageant and writes for the school newspaper. “Fort Mill High has been my home for four years and I can’t believe I’m leaving it in one year,” Bonner stated. By balancing work, sports and her GPA, time management is definitely not a problem for Fort Mill’s Most Athletic girl. Bonner not only demonstrates the true qualities of a great athlete, but as a great student as well.
Bonner is unsure of where she will attend college next year, but for this straight A student, getting accepted shouldn’t be a problem. Bonner plans on majoring in mathematics and has made it another one of her goals to continue with her softball career in college. Be sure to congratulate Bonner on all her previous accomplishments and come show your support in her upcoming season.