Student Athlete: Maya Bell

Warren Harding's Maya Bell

  Maya Bell prefers to keep herself busy…playing three different sports since the 6th grade.

“I wanted to play volleyball because I liked being in that sport.  And then I played basketball, and then track.  I had to keep something in the schedule because I like to be doing something,” Bell said.

The Harding senior was an All-District performer on the volleyball court, and received all-conference recognition in all three sports.  In track, she throws shot put and discus.  She was the Field events MVP for her team as a junior, and was 1st team all-conference.  In basketball, Bell is averaging a double-double…with over 14 points, and almost 16 rebounds a game.  But perhaps her most impressive stat, is that she leads her team in steals, with 29 this season.

“I think I’m a better, like a good reader, when it comes to our zones and our traps,” she said.  “So I think that’s where some of them come from.  I watch the defensive person’s eyes and where they’re looking before, so I can anticipate where they might throw it to.”

Bell’s quick instincts on the court…transfer to the classroom, where she ranks third in her class, with a 4.3 grade point average.

“I have a good memory when it comes to school, so learning is basically remembering what you’ve been taught and putting it into application in life, so,” she added.

Bell is member of National Honor Society, Interact Club, and Madrigals (choir).  She tries to spread some of her knowledge to Warren’s youth through the “We are Warren after-school program”.

“It’s a community project where we try to help Warren get our younger kids involved so when they’re in high school they can be more involved in high school, and be more involved in school activities, and not stray to the wrong crowds.”

Bell plans on attending either Duquesne or Ohio Northern to study pharmacy.

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