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Team Player

Reagan Senior Student Excels in PartnershipsBy Amy Morgan

 

While American culture is becoming more individualistic, Ronald Reagan High School student Marcella Perry finds playing with a partner doubles her fun. She enjoys having a teammate on the court – whether it’s tennis for Reagan’s varsity team or sand volleyball through the 2:10 Volleyball Club. Marcella, sister Leah (Reagan freshman), and their brother, Jacob (RHS 2022), grew up playing tennis with their father at the Jewish Community Center – skills that now translate well to family pickleball competitions. Marcella is pleased to note her game has improved to the point she can finally beat her older brother!

Being part of Reagan’s tennis team has produced some of Marcella’s favorite high school memories, including a team birthday party for Coach Daniel at Taco Palenque during one of their tournament travels. She even loved the five-hour bus trip, as it gave her time to bond with fellow teammates. Marcella’s inspired by the legacy of one of the team’s singles’ players who won the state title last year. She’s hoping to contribute to the Rattler’s appearance at regionals again this year.

 

The active senior juggles travel with the Reagan tennis team with weekend sand volleyball tournaments, a sport she enjoys with her sister, who also plays on Reagan’s volleyball team. Marcella started playing volleyball in the 5th grade through the Mays YMCA, continuing through freshman year, until she decided to concentrate her school sport efforts on tennis. She and Leah must place in tournaments to qualify for nationals. Last year both Perry girls made it to the finals in Tampa. The entire family went to support their games over Thanksgiving break. Recently, a fellow player requested Marcella as a partner for a tournament in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Although the girls had not met previously, they were able to seamlessly communicate and advance in the tournament.

 

The San Antonio native moved to Stone Oak in time to be part of Vineyard Ranch Elementary School’s inaugural class her second grade year. Her favorite class at Reagan has been Macro-Economics with Mr. Harris. “He makes the subject fun even though the concept is hard,” she said. Marcella is involved in Reagan’s Health Occupations Club and takes the medical assistant class through NEISD’s Career and Technical Education Center. Mid-day, she rides a bus to the campus close to Heroes Stadium that contains a classroom mimicking a physician’s office. Marcella’s learned how to take vitals, use a stethoscope and draw blood. The class will allow her to earn a certificate and be prepared to work in a medical-related job during college. She hopes to take up the mantle of her mother’s dream to become an optometrist.

 

While sports and service at the Agudas Achim synagogue leave little free time, Marcella does fit in a few hours weekly working at Chloe Rose to fund her passion for fashion. She found her birthday and prom dresses at the boutique – both in her signature color – pink.

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