Each month Eastbay is highlighting a top high school athlete by spotlighting their accomplishments both in and outside the game. This month’s winner is basketball standout Savannah Henderson from Florida’s Timber Creek High School.
Already committed to UCF, Savannah works hard to maintain a high GPA while balancing community service hours and dedication to her craft. Savannah was nominated by head coach Freddie Cintron, who recognizes her commitment to success on the court and in the classroom.
“Savannah has redefined what it means to be a student athlete here at Timber Creek. In the classroom she has worked diligently to earn a 4.2 GPA while also leading our Girls Basketball program to 3 straight District Championships, 1 Regional Championship, and a Final Four appearance in the state of Florida Class 7A. She has become the leading scorer in program history in addition to numerous other accolades. She is driven for success and her work ethic is unmatched.”
Here’s what Savannah had to say about her love for the game and her plans for the future:
What is your definition of a successful student-athlete?
My definition of a successful student athlete is someone who can succeed at a high level not only in their sport but in the classroom as well!
What has been the highlight of your athletic career so far?
The highlight of my athletic career so far has been being ranked one of the top 40 players in the country in the ESPN Top 100 in the class of 2022! And committing to play Division One basketball at The University of Central Florida for my mom!
Who is your role model in athletics?
My role models in athletics are Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant! Kobe Bryant because of his unbelievable work ethic and passion for the game of basketball, and Kevin Durant because of his ability to score at will on all areas on the floor with ease.
What do you love most about competing?
What I love most about competing is that I am able to use it as an escape! When playing, I am able to use all the built up emotion that I have and focus it towards something. So, when I play, I am able to let out all of those emotions and play the sport I love! Not only that but I love the competitive nature that comes with the sport. I love to compete and I love to win!
What are some of the goals you’d like to achieve after high school?
After high school I would like to get my college degree along with working towards my goal of playing overseas! Even though I love the game, the ball eventually stops bouncing, so I am using medicine as my back up plan with plans of going to med school and becoming an anesthesiologist!
To nominate a deserving athlete for Eastbay’s Game Recognize Game series, fill out the form here.