Sophie Martins is a junior at Haysville Campus High School who plays golf and softball, as well as being involved in Zero Hour, Link Crew, Student Council, the International Baccalaureate Program, and is a Youth Entrepreneurs of Kansas alum. She is happy to be a part of her school community.
“I love the people at my school. All of my teachers are very supportive and I have an amazing group of friends,” she said.
Up until last year, Martins only played softball, but she was soon ready for a change. She was ecstatic to find out about golf becoming a fall sport, so she instantly began training for it and took to it instantly.
“I really enjoy how calming golf is,” she said. “It is way more relaxing than softball, so it is a nice balance between an adrenaline pumping sport with a calm and quiet sport. Plus, I have never played an individual sport before, so I was excited to experience that. The reason I decided to play golf was just to try something new.”
Martins has proven to be a standout in both of her sports. A personal highlight in her softball career was hitting a grand slam this summer in Colorado which put her team in the lead. In golf, Martins had a big moment last year when she went to state as an individual, having only played the sport for three months.
Part of the reason for her success in athletics is her self-proclaimed highly competitive attitude. She cites her weightlifting class as an example of her drive to be her best.
“I want to be the best, so everything I do, I do to the absolute best of my ability,” she said. “I like defying the odds, so it’s nice being in a weightlifting class full of football guys and I can lift more than some of the boys there.”
After high school, Martins plans to attend a four year college on an academic and athletic scholarship, majoring in Microbiology.