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Fulkerson prepares for college court time

Kennedy Borders
Senior Ryli Fulkerson signs to Frontier community college for volleyball alongside her family.

Senior Ryli Fulkerson has officially signed with Frontier Community College for volleyball. Frontier is located in Fairfield, Illinois, and is home to the Bobcats.

Fulkerson has been playing this sport for seven years now and is ready to take it past high school

“I have been playing volleyballI have wanted to play volleyball in college ever since middle school,” Fulkerson said.  

Outside of playing for HHS, Fulkerson has played for two different club teams and this has helped her grow as an individual player and grow her competitiveness.

“I have played for two different club teams,” Fulkerson said.” In my eighth, ninth, and tenth-grade years, I played for the Southern Illinois Volleyball Academy (SIVBA). In my eleventh-grade year, now I am playing for Southern Illinois Wave (SI Wave) out of Nashville, Illinois. There are so many reasons for how this helped me but I think the most important one is getting to play more competitive games and push myself to be a better player.

Fulkerson’s teammates see her hard work and who she is as a teammate and they appreciate her not only as a player and friend.

“Ryli is an all-around good player and (is) always pushing us to do our best, she has always been a great teammate and friend to all of us,” junior teammate Brystil Taber said.

Fulkerson has a twin sister and going to college without her will be a big adjustment for her.

“My biggest adjustment is going to be leaving my twin sister,” Fulkerson said. “We have been with each other for 17 years and have never been away from one another. It’s going to be hard not being with her every day.”

Her teammates believe in her and know that she will be successful at college. They understand that it will be a big change, but they know that she has the drive and skill to make it.

“I think college can be an adjustment for everyone, but I also know she will be just fine. She has the mindset and skill that everyone should strive to have,” sophomore teammate Ava Wilson said.

According to Fulkerson, there are several things she is going to miss when going to college. She will miss the relationships and bonds that she has made with friends, coaches, and teammates.

“I am going to miss all of the friendships I have made and all of the coaches I’ve had,” Fulkerson said. Fulkerson will be just as missed by her friends and teammates. “I will miss her a lot, she was a great captain and always knew how to get me out of my head and pushed me to be a better player and person,” Wilson said.

     After playing this sport for so long it has taught her more than just volleyball skills but also many life and valuable lessons. 

Volleyball has taught me how to prioritize time, stay organized, and how to communicate with others,” Fulkerson said.

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Avery Woolard
Avery Woolard, Staff Writer
Avery Woolard is a senior at Harrisburg High School. This is her first year on the Purple Clarion news production team. In her free time she loves to read, write, and loves to listen to various types of music. She is also employed at Sonic.  After high school Avery plans to go to SIC before transferring to Colorado Univerity of Colorado Springs to study psychology. This is something she is very passionate about.  “Student journalism is important in today's day and age it gives the students a voice and the ability to be heard, along with a better understanding of what is going on around them all the time.”
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Kennedy Borders, Staff Writer
Kennedy Borders is a senior at Harrisburg High School. This is her first year on the Purple Clarion staff. She works at Dairy Queen. In her off time she likes to hang out around her house or hang out with her friends.  “I think journalism is important because you get the latest news and what's going on currently. Take a picture so you can look back into the past.”    

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