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Diversify. That’s typically an action taken and advice given in finances. For Humboldt High School senior Alayna Johnson, it’s a phrase she’s taken to heart when it comes to being a student-athlete.
Ms. Johnson will conclude her time at Humboldt High School as a 3 year starter in volleyball, a 2 year starter in basketball, throwing the javelin in the spring during track and field as well as playing softball her freshman year.
Then this past winter in her senior season, with girl’s wrestling rapidly gaining popularity and the first-ever girl’s state wrestling tournament held, Alayna decided to give wrestling a try.
“I’ve been playing sports ever since I could with my mom and dad as my coaches. I love volleyball, cheerleader, and track the most and mostly did basketball to keep in shape but I had a great time being with all my friends and just to be competitive. I love to be competitive and make myself better. ” said Alayna.
Ms. Johnson earned All-League in 2 of her 4 high school playing years in volleyball as well as earned league champion powerlifting honors in the Tri-Valley League.
Alayna and her twin sister, Emma Johnson, not only shared playing time on the court during volleyball season, but will have their names together in the Humboldt High School volleyball record books.
Alayna set the school record for career assists in volleyball with 1,737. Her twin sister, Emma, set a new high school record in volleyball with 550 digs.
Alayna credited her parents as being positive influences and supporters in her endeavors.
“I look up to both my mom and dad the most. My mom is so kind and genuine, she puts everyone’s needs before herself and works so hard to keep others happy; me and her are like best friends. My dad is an all around great person to everyone, he worked hard to be where he is now and I look up to him so much for working as hard as he does everyday.”
The stand-out Humboldt Cub has signed a national letter of intent to play volleyball at Manhattan Christian College to get a bachelors in Bible and Leadership. Much like her high school career though, she’s not limiting herself to just that.
“(I will) also (be) involved in their dual degree program with Kansas State University to get a bachelor’s degree in nursing.” added Johnson.
Thank you to Alayna Johnson for her time and we wish her the best of luck in the future. We had a chance to ask Alayna some more questions:
EASTERN KANSAS SPORTS: It’s your final year of high school. What are your favorite memories during that time and what are your expectations for your senior year?
ALAYNA JOHNSON: My favorite memories in high school were hanging out with my friends, really close sports games, beating my PR in track, sub-state volleyball, national journalism convention and cheer camp at emporia in the summer.
EASTERN KANSAS SPORTS: Who is your favorite athlete? Favorite sports team? Favorite music group/singer?
AJ: I don’t have a favorite athlete but I love watching volleyball teams like Kstate and I also enjoy going to football and basketball games at Lawrence and Manhattan. My favorite genre of music is country and I like anything from Florida Georgia Line, Old Dominion, Jason Aldean, and Cody Johnson.