As a young girl, she picks up a ball and throws it. Sure, she throws like a girl, but merely because she is one. In her case, she throws the ball with perfect form, strength and grace. She plays in the park with the boys because they are the only ones who are there. Her parents place her in summer leagues and travel teams to help hone in her skill set. She excels in all sports, only to narrow down her choices in high school. That choice leads to her future, and the decision to play sports in college. Her talent and skill is recognized and she moves on to represent the United States in the summer Olympics. She inspires the next generation of young female athletes to achieve great things, without the fear of a glass ceiling.  

This could be the story of any young female athlete in Terrebonne or Lafourche. Our area has some of the most talented high school athletes that stand strong and lead their teams to record-breaking victories and championships. They have been named state MVPs and signed scholarships to play on a collegiate level. Not only are they athletes but they are homecoming queens, student council representatives and members of numerous campus organizations. These young ladies represent the best in high school athletics. The future is theirs. Listen as they ROAR!

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Madelyn Carlos

Sport: Softball/Volleyball

Position: Left field, pitcher/Setter

School: Houma Christian High School

What does it mean to you to be a female athlete? 

It is such a blessing. In the past, athletics were dominated by males. Now, women have become honored and respected by the achievements we have accomplished. 

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Orieon James

Sport: Basketball

Position: Small Forward/Power forward

School: Ellender Memorial High School

What does it mean to you to be a female athlete? 

To be a female athlete, it’s an honor because not too many people get to do the things we do! We are blessed to have the physical and mental abilities to do the things we do! I take this as an honor because it shows that all the hard work, the practices, the crying and the “I need to get this right” is all paying off. And it feels good to know people recognized and have people look up to you, and just helping others. And also meeting new people and making new friends, it’s just great!

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Emily Gauthreaux

Sport: Volleyball

Position: Outside Hitter

School: Vandebilt Catholic High School

What does it mean to you to be a female athlete? 

It means a lot to be a female athlete. My team worked really hard this year and our hard work paid off in the end. We won state title for the first time ever. Football is a really big thing at our school but I felt awesome, when a not so popular sport, volleyball, got a lot of recognition and credit for how hard they work. Another sport that doesn’t get a lot of credit is softball. They work really hard and deserve to have a bigger crowd at their games. It also made me feel good when younger girls who play volleyball came up to me after games and say “I want to be just like you when I’m older.” That made me feel good about myself. 

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Traya Bruce

Sport: Basketball

Position: Point Guard

School: South Lafourche High School

What does it mean to you to be a female athlete? 

Growing up, you always play in the street with the boys. It’s just what we did. When you get to high school and there’s this whole team for girls you kind of feel special and you take part in something that used to not really exist. Girls were there to cook and clean and now we are making a living for ourselves playing sports. It’s nice to be in the generation today to kind of rise above and do great! 

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Molly Thompson

Sport: Soccer

Position: Forward

School: Vandebilt Catholic High School

What does it mean to you to be a female athlete? 

To be a female athlete means to empower other women to push themselves to excel in their sports. Being a female athlete means applying hard work and dedication to achieve your highest goals.