Student handles busy schedule

BOTKINS — High school has been a juggling act for Botkins’ resident Christine Johnson. However, she has learned to handle her busy schedule with precision.

The 18-year-old Botkins High School senior has maintained a 3.8 grade point average, and she has done it with a flurry of activities. No matter what she tries, she seems to always come out successful.

She just completed her senior season with the Trojan varsity girls basketball team, earning her third letter. Johnson was a consistent double-double threat nightly as the basketball team drastically improved to an 8-13 record. While that record is hardly an overwhelming success, it showed the program heading in the right direction. Johnson noticed lots of changes  from past seasons.

“It was a whole different atmosphere,” Johnson said. “Everyone encouraged each other. It was a different atmosphere.”

While being involved with basketball through grade school and high school, Johnson showed she can be successful when trying new things, too.

After not playing soccer since she was younger, Johnson decided to play her senior season. She quickly caught on and lettered in her only season on the team. Her success has her considering making another first time go at it on the softball or track team.

“Just getting back into it was the biggest thing,” Johnson said, “the physical part of it.”

Johnson is also a member of the National Honor Society, Future Teachers of America, Foreign Language Club, and the Something Creative Art Club, which has taken many trips to see exhibits. She has also kept a part- time job busing tables at the Inn Between.

When she has spare time, she likes to read as a hobby. She said her favorite author is Nicholas Sparks.

She says her experience at Botkins has been positive and that it has prepared for college.

“I am very well prepared for college,” Johnson said. “The people in Botkins are very supportive of one another and that has helped me out.”

She said some of the people she has admired as mentors include high school math teacher Janine Schmitmeyer and varsity basketball and assistant coaches Don and Allison Mack.

“Botkins was a great experience and truly unforgettable,” Johnson said.

After graduation, she plans to attend Edison Community College in Piqua and is hoping to play basketball while majoring in physical therapy. She said she is hoping to come back to Botkins and hopefully coach one of the athletic teams at the school.