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Sarah Howard says it took time, focus, and dedication to perfect her shot-put technique.

Trinity Christian School track coach Krista Meadows says, "Her work ethic is uncomparable. Not only does she work hard out here, but she works at home. She lifts every day."

For Howard, throwing isn't just a sport; it's a family tradition.

She says, "My dad threw shot-put and discus in high school and in college at UGA. My mom thre javelin at UGA, and now I throw and my younger brother throws."

She continued the line of collegiate throwers and sealed a deal with the University of North Carolina.

Howard says, "It shows hard work can really pay off."

Meadows says Howard doesn't look like the typical collegiate thrower. She says, "If you look at the girls in colleges, they're usually good-sized girls, and she's fairly small. So, it just goes to show how she's perfected her technique."

Howard left her mark at Trinity Christian School and in Georgia with her record-breaking senior season.

Meadows says, "She was the first girl in the state to throw over 50 feet at a collegiate meet indoors. Then, she became the first girl in Georgia to throw over 51 feet outdoors. She holds the record number one in the nation for girls with 51' 11".

From the leader in shot-put to number one on the classroom, Howard kept the highest GPA in her grade all four years of high school. The senior hasn't seen anything lower than an "A" on her report card in her entire life.

Meadows says, "She's like genius smart. She will be our valedictorian this year. She's just the total package."

Howard's resume doesn't stop there. She fills the rest of her time throwing discus for the Cavaliers and volunteering for groups like Habitat for Humanity.

Meadows says it'sHoward's leadership skills that make her a top athlete and a star student.

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