Grand Valley High School senior signs with Bethany College |

Grand Valley High School senior signs with Bethany College

Baron Zahuranec
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Photo courtesy Stephanie HartGrand Valley senior Megan Hart signs a letter of intent to attend Bethany College this fall. Pictured, from left: Cardinals volleyball coach David Walck; Grand Valley Principal Ryan Frink; Megan's mother, Stephanie Hart; Megan; father Brian Hart; and assistant volleyball coach Denise Newlin.

PARACHUTE, Colorado ” She’s the student body president, Key Club president and a member of the National Honor Society. Right now, she’s sporting a 3.9 grade point average that could be 4.0 if not for a B-minus in trigonometry.

She’s also quite a volleyball player, too.

Grand Valley Cardinal senior Megan Hart will use her smarts and athletic skill at the collegiate level this fall. She signed a letter of intent to attend Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kan., in December, and plans to study athletic training while trying to make her mark on the volleyball team.

“I was looking more at universities, Division I, like CSU, Wyoming and Metro State in Denver,” Hart said. “But I just didn’t seem very interested in those programs when I saw them. When I contacted Bethany, they were very interested. I just fell in love with the school when I was there. I loved the kids and the atmosphere.”

Hart wasn’t sure if she was ready to be at a school with thousands of people. Bethany’s roughly 600 full-time students seemed a little more fitting.

She started playing volleyball in seventh grade, but it was her junior year when she “started to fall in love,” she said. Her coach, David Walck, said she had some great potential and, ” I just ran with it,” she added.

Like many athletes, Hart is out there to push herself as hard as she can. She’s a bit of a quote person and has followed one that could apply to anyone doing anything, and she’s put it on herself ” “You must believe in yourself before others believe in you.”

“I’m hard on myself. I always expect more,” she said.

Sports have always been a big part of Hart’s life, that’s why she choose to go into athletic training.

“I’ve been playing basketball since second grade,” she said. “Ever since then, I’ve seen people get hurt and not go to anyone and it got worse. I just want to help them get better. It seems like a great profession to be in.”

Hart’s a multi-sport athlete, playing basketball now and track and field come spring. Those sports keep her legs in tip-top shape, ready for blocking, passing and serving. This year she was a defensive specialist, passing from the back row and taking special serves.

She likes her serving game, both jump and spot serves, but says her footwork needs work.

“I kind of reach for the ball and it sends the ball off to nowhere sometimes,” she said.

So what does Hart have to look forward to at the next level?

“From what I understand, in practice the balls come so much faster and harder at you,” she said. “You can’t be standing still. It’s also a lot harder to read their shoulders as to where they’re hitting the ball. They don’t show it because they’re so much more experienced.”

Experience comes with time. Before she knows it, she’ll have all the nuances down. She’ll make sure she does.

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