By Dana Delgado
Liberty Hill High School senior Katy Warner is sitting on top of the world these days.
A letter of acceptance from Texas A&M University, which arrived shortly after school got underway last year, has had her floating on clouds for months. She says it has capped her school years and she is looking forward to studying biomedical sciences and becoming a veterinarian in the US Army.
Katy’s parents both attended Abilene Christian University, but she says they don’t hold her college choice against her.
“I love it,” she said. “I’ll be the first Aggie in the family. I’m really looking forward to being in the Corps of Cadets at A&M.”
The senior, however, realizes she has unfinished business on the tennis courts for LHHS.
“This is my last year so I really need to do something,” Katy said. “I want to be the best I can be. Hopefully, we’ll go to regionals.”
She said she missed advancing last year, but learned a lot from the seniors who graduated in 2013.
Now in her fourth year in varsity tennis, Katy says she has improved her game and that a new program of conditioning for tennis athletes should help her. However, there’s no substitute for practice, “lots of practice.” She said it’s made a difference for her.
“I’ve gotten to where I can really place my shots and am still working on putting spin on the ball as well as my consistency,” Katy said. “I’ve also gotten to where I understand the strategy of the game much better and can recognize the opponent’s strengths and weaknesses.”
Agility, control and power were other areas the senior said she needed to improve on this season.
Warner says she is particularly excited this year about the season because LLHS is hosting a District 8-A Meet. She added that the district should be quite competitive, with Lampasas expected to be especially “tough.”
With practices just underway, the senior says she will need to learn to play with a new doubles partner. Her partner from a year ago has elected not to participate this season.
It was during a tennis introductory activity with Girls Scouts in elementary school that she first was attracted to the sport.
“I told my mother, let’s get into lessons,” she recalls.
Besides being a student of the game, Katy says she is in the National Honor Society and is in the Top 10 of her senior class. She is also active and holds leadership roles in the Spanish Club, the Veg Club, and the American Sign Language group. The senior student-athlete further says she “loves ceramics” and would like to continue the interest after graduation.