<![CDATA[Winters High School senior Jocelyn McMillan has been playing volleyball for the last nine years. Volleyball has been an important part of her life. She said she did not see an opportunity to competitively play after high school and wanted to share the game with the community. She chose to host a WHS alumni volleyball game as her senior capstone project. With the deadline to declare a capstone project in the beginning of October, McMillan had limited time to plan the event to bringing WHS alumnus together for a day of fun and bragging rights. McMillan said, "she did not see on opportunity after high school to play after high school because she prefers softball to volley. “Volleyball is important in my life, but softball is my favorite sport." McMillan wanted to hold the game at the end of volleyball season, but her mentor Jeff Sims, WHS counselor, encouraged her to postpone the date to a later time to have more time to plan, find sponsors and recruit players. With his guidance she went to work and began to spread the word over town, putting out fliers and posts on Facebook. She ventured out into the community to find sponsors and people to fill out teams. McMillan said she is not one to ask for help or for people to give her things. Being such a shy person, she had to overcome this hurdle to interact with people in the community. Finding sponsors to finance the project was fairly easy. McMillan quickly found 16 sponsors to support the project at $120 each. The hardest aspect of planning for McMillan was finding people to play, specifically alumni. Upon starting the project, she immediately found two players, then the search slowed down, almost to a halt. She came up against the closed doors of “I am busy that day” or people committing and then backing out. McMillan said it was hard to find a replacement for a certain position, and she was worried that she would not be able to find enough people to play. In an effort to find more people McMillan changed the game to a community co-ed event. As the day of the game drew near she had four teams of six people each. The event games were played in tournament style, with a one-game elimination. One team was made up of WHS alumni. The money earned from the play entry fees, spectator admission and sponsors will help fund a WHS athletic scholarship. A panel made up of a member from each team and Sims will select the recipient and be awarded at the Senior Awards Night. The athletic scholarship will only be awarded for this year, unless someone decides to take it on, making a new tradition.]]>
Capstone project engages community in volleyball tournament
A WHS hosted a co-ed community volleyball tournament to raise funds to support an athletic scholarship for a classmate this spring.