Making her own impact
By Mike Beas
Tri-West senior Macy Walters plays golf and basketball and helped plan most of the homecoming activities for the Bruins. (Photos by Faith Toole)
Adding a 25th hour each day might be a welcome addition for Macy Walters if the Tri-West senior had the power to make such a change.
Few 17-year-olds maximize their time the way Walters does. A two-sport athlete, she’s ranked seventh in her class academically with a 4.115 grade-point average and is president of the student council and senior class.
“I’m definitely always busy,” Walters said with a laugh. “I love getting people involved. Planning it. Doing it. I just want everyone to have something positive to take from high school. I try to make an event that everyone can be part of.”
Walters’ final season of varsity golf recently came to an end as the Bruins placed fourth at the Brownsburg Sectional (the top three teams advance to regional). Walters, whose 9-hole stroke average (between 44-45) ranked second on the team this season, carded a 51-47—98 at West Chase Golf Club.
Her contributions aren’t as noticeable in basketball where the 5-foot-7 backup forward embraces her role. She refers to herself as “more of a moral support kind of player.”
“I do sports for the team atmosphere,” Walters said. “I’m not the best basketball player or golfer, but we always have such a great bond. Playing sports has definitely made high school so much better for me.”
Walters is a 10-year member of 4-H. In the summers she shows pigs and horses and even turns in a sewing project, showing off a gift taught to her by her maternal grandmother, Becky Duncan.
Tri-West celebrated homecoming the week of Sept. 23-27. The Friday night football game against Sagamore Conference rival Lebanon punctuated five days of post-school activities. Everything from the dance to the pep rally to the 5K Color Run to the bonfire carried Walters’ imprint.
It’s who she is and what she loves doing.
Walters applied to seven colleges, each in Indiana, to not live too far from family and the community that means so much to her. She is the oldest of Andy and Mary Walters’ three daughters and wants to major in pre-med, and Ball State, Indiana, Marian and Butler as possible destinations.
As much as Walters will miss her corner of Hendricks County once she goes to college, it might be that it misses her just as much.
“Her academics speak for themselves. She’s never even had an A-minus in high school,” said 12th-year Bruins girls golf coach Tom Pemberton.” Just aside from golf talent, Macy is the moral compass of our team. Her sheer interaction with teammates and even opponents.
“Macy has always been involved in her school and community. She’s always positive and is probably as kind of a kid as you’ll ever meet.”