‘Be the best version of you that you can be’: Jayda White discusses her time at Hanceville

Hanceville's Jayda White. (Courtesy of Jayda White)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. — In this interview, I talked to former Hanceville volleyball and softball player, Jayda White. Jayda was able to make a lot of great memories on and off the field and the court in her time at Hanceville.

“My favorite sports memories were the practices and seeing our improvement on the court and on the field. I loved to see my teammates try their hardest and give 110% into the sports. Senior Night for softball will always hold a very special place in my heart. Mrs. Hurter, Coach Hurter, and Coach Davidson made sure everything was perfect and made sure every little detail was in place.” White said. “My favorite high school memories were going to football games, pep rallies, meeting new friends, all of the practices, and helping others around the school.”

Jayda feels lucky to have played for some great coaches at Hanceville and learned a lot during her playing career.

“Mrs. Bartlett stepped up and helped with the fundraising. She was very important for softball. Coach Davidson joined the team last season and picked our team up. He is one of my personal favorite coaches. He spent so much time with us and made sure we were ready for this season,” White said. “I learned to never let the negative put you down. You’re always going to have something you’re not going to be strong in during your sport. Coach Davidson taught us that if you’re not strong in it, put the work in to make yourself better.”

Jayda learned some great lessons at Hanceville. She feels very blessed to be a Bulldog and will deeply miss being there next year.

“I’ve learned to stay positive and just put God first with wherever life takes me,” White said. “The encouragement at Hanceville is something else. Whenever there is someone or something negative coming your way, there is always someone there to pick you up with positivity. I will miss all the friendships I made throughout the years and the teachers/coaches. Hanceville has made a big impact in my life and I’m glad to say I will forever be a Bulldog.”

Jayda wanted to be a great leader for the younger players in their respective sports and taught them so much. She also gave some advice to the students that will be starting high school this year.

“It was very important for the younger girls to have someone be there to help them if they didn’t understand something or if they just needed help. To me, it was very important for them to know if you make a mistake, that is okay. Nobody’s perfect; that will make you want to work harder. For Hanceville softball, we’ve had a young team for two years now, but I believe they improve every season and I’m proud of every one of them.”

She added,

“My advice to them would be to stay positive to yourself. In the rough times, it’s okay to be frustrated, but to just work hard and be the best version of you that you can be.”

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