My name is Presleigh Payne and I am a 2021 senior who will be graduating from Colleyville Heritage High School. I have lived in Texas my whole life and I definitely have the attitude to prove it. I currently live with my mom who owns her own event company that I help run. Along with helping my mom I also work at Paragon Pain and Rehab where I am a Medical Assistant. When I am not working or studying my favorite thing to do is it play softball. I started playing softball when I was about 3 years old. I fell in love with the game and from that day forward softball has basically been my whole life. I started off being coached by my mom who was awesome don't get me wrong, but once I got to be 10 or 11 we thought it was time I moved up to a more competitive level. I then started to play select where I grew tremendously as an athlete, but I was constantly being torn down by coaches and other people. I was a big girl, I was about 5"8 and 150 pounds when I was 12 so I was bigger than all the other girls. I actually had a coach tell me that I would never be good enough to play softball at any higher level and that I would never be athletic enough to compete with the other girls. This is what started my flame and desire to be better. I started working out more and focusing more on softball. Then before I new it I was on one of the best teams in the nation and I was doing really well. After playing for awhile I was getting a lot of college exposure but I knew from day 1 that I wanted to play at a Division 1 school, I then came to the conclusion that the best way for me to get there was to start small and work my way up. I have recently committed to play at the University of Arkansas - Rich Mountain which is a two year school in Arkansas. My goal there is to grow even more as an athlete and student. I want to have a strong foundation to move up to a d1 and to be able to preform there. Softball has been my whole life, if I am not playing I am working out. If I am not working out I am coaching the younger girls or helping at their games. It hasn't been an easy road to get to the level I am at now, there was a lot of hard work, dedication, and sacrifice, but I wouldn't want my life any other way. A lot of people ask me if I regret missing out on things in my childhood but I never thought that I did because I was always doing something that I love. Softball has taught me to be a leader on and off the field, and it is taught me that hard work truly does pay off.