Homecoming 2023: Maria Bryant

By Rachel Callahan and Makenna Emerick

You may see her getting digs in the back row on the volleyball court, and you have definitely seen her gathering attention in the shot put and discus circles. Whatever she may be doing, senior Maria Bryant does so with an air of boldness. On September 22, Maria will be ditching the balls and picking up a crown for the 2023 homecoming court. 

Joining her on the court is her dear friend Grason Hooks. “I chose him because we’ve been best friends since first grade and I consider him a brother.” 

“I was excited when Maria picked me because we are super close and always have been. Her work ethic and determination are admirable. She’s a great person and deserves [being on court],” explained Grason. 

Maria’s biggest inspiration is her mother “because she works really hard [and] she listens. And I love her.” 

Taking after her diligent mother, Maria is a two-sport athlete who has achieved great success in both. As Shenango’s agile back row passer, Maria aided her team in a WPIAL runner-up and has lettered three years. This year, Maria takes a leadership role as co-captain. In track & field, the court nominee has appeared at the state track meet three times, and she will no doubt make a return this year. Most notably, Maria has placed third in the WPIAL in shotput. As for a favorite sport, “I can’t really pick. I like volleyball and track, and just like being around my friends and getting better every day.” 

Maria plans to continue her academic career at a four-year university and be on the track and field team as well. Her goal is to become an oral surgeon. 

Although her future is bright, she will never forget her time at Shenango. “Personally, I just think since our class is so small, it’s like you have a personal connection with everybody. And it’s nice that you can have so many friends.” Maria has particularly enjoyed her English classes, and she will no doubt miss all the teachers who have impacted her along the way. 

“Younger students would benefit from knowing that you’re going to go through hard times, but if you just keep going, you’ll make it through. You’re going to learn a lot from those experiences,” encourages Maria. 

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