If there were a photo beside the word of student athlete in the dictionary, Macailyn
Pierces photo should appear.
All she does is win on the field of competition and, more importantly, in the classroom.
Pierce, 18, a junior at Johnson Central High School and member of the Early College
Academy on the Mayo campus of Big Sandy Community and Technical College, is a four-sport
standout for the Golden Eagles.
Most high school students dream of playing in a state tournament. Pierce has accomplished
that seven times, being a part of three softball regional titles (2012, 2013 and 2015),
one soccer championship (2015) and one basketball crown (2015). Shes also won two
individual regional championships in cross country (2014 and 2015). She was named
Most Valuable Player I the 15th Region softball tournament in 2015
Ive not really thought that much about it, said a modest Pierce. Im living in the
moment, and I am sure I will look back one day and think about how blessed I was to
be a part of so many special teams.
Juggling a full college schedule, high school classes and athletics is perhaps Pierces
I dont get a break, she said, smiling. I go from one sport to another.
Basketball season is wrapping up as teams across the Commonwealth begin district tournament
play this week. Once the Lady Eagles post-season run ends, shell join her teammates
on the softball field. Shell play summer league softball and basketball before running
cross country and playing soccer in the fall.
Playing sports keeps me competitive and hungry to be the best I can be, said Pierce.
It also teaches me the importance of teamwork and working together for one common
The team for Pierce all starts at home with her parents, Chris and Melissa Pierce.
In our home, Bs are not acceptable, Micailyn said. My parents have taught me that
my team, my school and myself deserve nothing but the very best I can offer.
Micailyn will graduate high school next year with an Associate in Science degree.
She plans to attend Morehead State University or Alice Lloyd College and major in
education. She wants to return to Johnson Central and teach and coach softball.
The Early College Academy at BSCTC provided Micailyn the opportunity for her to attend
college debt free and get a jump start on her college education. Graduating debt free
is a priority.
I dont want to be saddled with student loan debt, she added. I hope to utilize transfer
scholarships with Big Sandy and graduate debt free.
Russell Halsey, principal at Johnson Central High School, said students like Micailyn
are true student athletes.
Shes a joy to be around, he said. Shes competitive in athletics, but even more competitive
in the classroom. I have no doubt shell get what she wants in life because she is
not afraid to work for it.