Female Athlete of the Month: Haylie Ritchie

Photo by Balinda Zimmerman
Haylie Ritchie.

By Balinda Zimmerman 

Haylie Ritchie is the only daughter born to Carrie and Martin Ritchie, September 2000 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. She has one brother, Joey, who is two years younger and attends Milan High School with Haylie.
Haylie began playing T-ball at age 4, softball around the age of 8 and travel ball by the time she began 7th grade. She cannot remember a year she has not played ball and this year she will be playing for the Milan Varsity softball team. She has played travel ball for Ypsilanti Elite/Milan Matrix for four years and for the Intruders the last two years.
She is also a state qualifying swimmer for the past three years, swimming the 100m breaststroke, 50m breaststroke, and the medley relay. The swim team is required to be at the pool from 5:30am to 6:30am and then again from 2:30pm to 5pm with the last hour focused on team bonding time.
Haylie carries a 3.29 GPA at MHS while currently studying in the senior wing. She is a consortium student studying Careers in Education and her internship is at Paddock Elementary School two hours a day with Mrs. K. Smith’s kindergarten class. She plans to study Early Childhood Education and Special Ed. for Pre-school and Kindergarten. She is considering Michigan State University (MSU) or Grand Valley State University (GVSU) because they both have very good early education programs.
Haylie is a dedicated community service volunteer, treasurer for the local 4H club and a member of Crazy Bout’ Critters. She volunteers with her grandmother’s church in Monroe cooking, feeding and interacting with the homeless. She is currently helping raise money to provide a service animal for a local girl who has seizures. She has been a member of the Interact Club and taught swimming to ages one to ten and special needs students.
She is energetic and a perfectionist who is very hard on herself when she makes a mistake but she also does not worry about what others think. She claims to “live in the moment” enjoying the friends and family around her. Haylie is proud to live in Milan and be part of the MHS 2018 graduating class where she feels everyone is a close-knit group without a lot of the outside pressures of racial and cultural divides.

Balinda Zimmerman is owner/operator at Milan Memories by Minna, and a freelance writer for the Milan Eagle News. She can be reached at balindaz [at] comcast [dot] net

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