Heim recognized as Hy-Vee Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Addie Heim returned home Monday morning from a family vacation in California, where she'd spent some time on movie sets at Universal Studios and rides in Disneyland.
But she discovered something Monday at home that rivaled a "Jaws" movie set or Space Mountain.
Tonganoxie High athletics director Brandon Parker informed Heim that she had been chosen as the Hy-Vee/Channel 6 Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
"At first I was taken aback," Heim said. "I was very honored to be awarded something like that.
"Not a lot of people get that opportunity. I just thought it was something really special."
Heim, who was named the scholar-athlete of the month for November, was picked from a field of nine monthly winners, including Kirk Rodell, a fellow May THS graduate. Rodell earned the honor in January.
During its 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. Thursday broadcasts, Sunflower Broadband Channel 6 will air a piece about Heim's recognition during its sports segments.
At Tonganoxie, Heim was a top athlete in volleyball, basketball and softball.
An all-Kaw Valley League selection in each of those sports, Heim was part of a Chieftain volleyball program that reached the substate championship match all four years. And in basketball, Heim helped guide Tonganoxie to a fourth-place finish at the state tournament in Salina.
In volleyball, Heim led the team in kills the last two seasons.
And in basketball, she led the Chieftains in scoring the past three seasons and holds the individual career record for most points.
Because she was selected top scholar-athlete of the year, Heim was awarded a $1,200 scholarship from Hy-Vee.
In the fall, Heim will enroll at Baker University in Baldwin where she will continue her basketball career.
During the summer, Heim is playing in a basketball league on Mondays in Kansas City, Kan., and is working out in the THS weight room with fellow graduates Katie and Laura Jeannin. Katie plays softball at Johnson County Community College, while Laura will play volleyball this fall at Ottawa.