By Rick Palsgrove
Sydney Worthy is making her mark athletically and academically at Madison Christian High School and beyond.
Worthy, a three sport varsity athlete in soccer, basketball, and track – is the first student athlete from Madison Christian to be awarded a Division 1 athletic college scholarship. In soccer she plays outside forward and midfield. A versitile athlete, she is the point guard on the varsity girls basketball team and in track she participated in 100m, 200m, 4x200m, 400m, 4x400m, and long jump.
“Sydney is the perfect student athlete – humble, hardworking and coachable,” said Madison Christian Athletic Director Andy Scholz. “She pursues excellence in the classroom and on the court or field of play.”
Worthy received a scholarship to play women’s soccer from the University of Akron.
“I was accepted into the College of Engineering and plan on studying electrical engineering there,” said Worthy, who will graduate from Madison Christian High School this spring. “Madison Christian has prepared me both academically and spiritually for my next chapter. I have had great teachers in math and science which has helped foster my interest in engineering. I am a very math and science oriented student. I have always been drawn to the excitement of problem solving which is a key aspect of any division of engineering.”
“She is an outstanding student, top five in her class,” said her mother, Stacy Worthy.
Sydney also has a spiritual and community oriented focus as she recently went on a missions trip to Costa Rica with her school.
Sydney Worthy has earned numerous honors while at Madison Christian including being named: Principal’s Honor Roll – four years; National Honor Society; basketball team captain; All-MCOL in soccer, basketball, and track; 3rd team All District Division III in soccer; and 3rd team All District Boys Division III in soccer.
“It is listed as boys because I played boys’ varsity soccer my sophomore and junior years,” Sydney said.
Soccer has been a large part of Sydney’s life as she began playing at age 7.
“I have been in club soccer for the past 10 years, playing year round,” she said. “Soccer has made me a disciplined person. I have learned to be juggle both my academic responsibilities and team requirements while maintaining an “A” average in school. I have met many people through soccer and have learned how to be a teammate.”
As she moves on to college next year, Sydney said of her time in athletics at Madison Christian, “My favorite memory is running for conditioning and joking around with my teammates.”