2014 All-Scholastic Sports #5 - Rebecca Watson, Neshoba Central

Neshoba Central senior Rebecca Watson has qualified for the 5A Tennis State Tournament each of the past three years and is eyeing a fourth.

Photo: Lindsey Hall

If you look up the term student athlete in the dictionary, you may just find a picture of rebecca watson. The Neshoba Central senior ranks first in her class and made a 30 on the ACT. She's also been a member of the rocket tennis squad for five years and is president of the beta club, mu alpha theta, the student council and is editor of the year book.

"Rebecca is an inspiration role model for many kids," said teacher Lee Smith. "She's always willing to help the kids and and she's a mentor and tutor. Everything just comes naturally to Rebecca. She's a hard worker and a blessing to have in your classroom.

When she finds any spare time at all, Rebecca enjoys working out, playing piano. She helped spearhead a fundraising effort last year to make improvements to Burnside Park in Philadelphia.

"I have to multi-task a good bit, you know, and I have to work on something outside of school IN school, during class sometime," said Watson.

Rebecca has qualified for the Tennis state tournament each of the past three years and said her goal this season is to bring home a state title in mixed doubles competition.

"I would say Rebecca's strong suit is that she has a great ground stroke, a pretty decent serve, real consistent on her serve and she's very coachable," said Rockets' Tennis Coach Cody Killen. "That's what makes a great player is if they're coachable. She listens and tries to adjust and she makes the correct adjustments when they need to be made."

As far as her future is concerned, Rebecca plans to attend Ole Miss this Fall and major in Nutrition and eventually become a registered Dietitian.


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