Weddington High School junior basketball player Elizabeth Staude is quite the well-rounded Student-Athlete. The 17 year old Warrior basketball player believes strongly in balancing her academics with a healthy dose of basketball and other sports. Her time management skills and dedication has allowed her to contribute to her basketball team and record a top-level grade point average.

Elizabeth is in her third year of basketball at Weddington for Coach Ryun Cook. She really loves playing and growing with all of her teammates.

“I love the group of girls I play with at Weddington. It is an awesome team to be a part of along with the competitive atmosphere.”

Elizabeth has been around the sport her whole life and she really enjoys playing on such a successful team as the Warriors.

“Basketball has been a part of my life since I was little. My favorite memory would have to be from this past season. I was able to be part of one of the best basketball teams in school history, winning conference and making it to the fourth round of the state playoffs.”

Elizabeth is very hopeful of her team winning another conference championship and advancing even deeper in the state playoffs later next month. The entire team wants to join the Warriors football team and make it all the way to the state championship game. Elizabeth is doing her best to keep all of her teammates focused with positive attitudes and she strives to give 100% effort every day on the court and in the locker room.

Elizabeth doesn’t restrict herself to just basketball, she has also found success in long distance running and wake-boarding.
“Last spring I ran a half-marathon at Berry College and I loved it. It was both physically and mentally challenging. Over the years I have taught myself how to wakeboard along with friends out on the lake.”
While she loves the sport of basketball, Elizabeth also enjoys the rewards of all of her hard work in the classroom. She is a 4.57 student and enrolled in all Honors and AP classes. This semester Elizabeth has a course load that includes AP Calculus and AP Environmental Science. She is also in the Spanish Honor Society, Spanish Club, Mentors Club, and Beta Club.

Why try so hard in the classroom?
“I think being successful in the classroom is important because being able to balance practice, clubs, jobs, and school work creates responsibility and time management skills.”

Even though she is still three semesters away from college, Elizabeth has begun to think about the schools that would interest her. She has Alabama, Clemson, UNC-Chapel Hill and NC State on her list currently.

Away from the court and classroom, Elizabeth has found a new interest; serving on missions trips.
“Mission trips have always sounded exciting to me. I have been to West Virginia, Tennessee, and Alabama with our main goal to repair houses. We did everything from painting, roofing, putting in a new floor, and building wheelchair ramps. I have also been on two trips to Jamaica (2012 and 2014). This is where I fell in love with these adventures. We worked at the Jamaica Christian School for the Deaf in Eden, Jamaica. Both trips, our focus was pouring a concrete floor on the second floor of a classroom. We also worked at a local children’s home for children who have been neglected or their parents cannot afford to take care of them. Summer 2015 I am planning to spend 6 weeks in Ecuador, Peru, and Panama with an organization called Global Expeditions. We will be doing construction, street evangelism, and children’s programs. I am in the midst of fundraising and organizing right now.”

The South Charlotte Sports Report salutes Elizabeth Staude for her dedication to achieving success in many different areas in life. We have no doubt that Elizabeth will continue to be an outstanding Student-athlete and a positive asset for her community. Keep pushing to achieve success Elizabeth.