The fall athletic season is underway and amidst the long hours of practice and competitive matches, York Prep’s young student athletes are honing their skill sets and developing their teamwork. For York Prep middle schooler Jennah DeGout, this level of hard work and dedication is nothing new. As a volleyball player Jenna knows all about teamwork being not only a member of the York Girls Varsity Volleyball team but also a member of the 2015 12 and under National NYC Juniors Volleyball team.
The New York City Junior Volleyball Association (NJCJVA) is a not-for-profit organization exposing young girls to the game of volleyball. Participating athletes range from 9 to 18 years of age, come from all 5 boroughs, and attend both public and private schools. The goal of NYC Juniors is to develop well-rounded student athletes by teaching the fundamentals of volleyball along with life lessons and equipping these girls to follow their dreams both on and off the court. As an outside hitter with the NYC Juniors, Jennah has spent hours and hours, month after month, working on her sets and serves ultimately culminating in more than a few medals for her team this year.
In fact, at February’s Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic, Jennah’s 12 National team won the tournament gold in their division. Not only did she and her teammates earn the coveted gold medals but (then 12-year-old) Jennah was awarded the Most Valuable Player Award as well. More recently, Jennah has even been selected for the USA volleyball 2015 USA Girls’ Future Select National Skills at Winston-Salem. York Prep is lucky to have such a dedicated eight grader on its rosters and looks forward to some very gripping games throughout the rest of the season.