A Thank You to the Sisters Who Made a Difference-By FY Grace Thomas

Hello there freshman setter Grace here. Happy to be writing this letter for you all to see the true appreciation that I have for a certain three sisters. Sisters who not only were all my coaches, but who have become kind of a family to me. Sisters that made a difference and people who I will always be thankful to have met. 

First starting with the youngest of the three sisters, Becca. She is the smile and reassurance that I always looked to on the bench. The person that always seemed to lift my spirits and calm my nerves during an intense match. She was my play caller, my mind when I was frazzled and the rock that held me steady, even when I thought I couldn’t be. She always knew what to say in order to get me right back on the court and perform to my full potential. She is a true inspiration and someone I hope that everyone is able to find in their life. A light that shines in the darkest of times. She many times has given me the strength and heart to perform in a match and I am forever grateful for that. You truly are a diamond in the rough, one that I will always cherish and remember. For that I say thank you.

Now for the middle sister, Breanna. The JV coach who pushed me to the best of my abilities and prepared me for competition at the varsity level. She is a very down to earth person and has a deep love for the game. When it comes to game time she is right there with you through the ups and downs and feeling all the emotions. She has a desire to make each and every player on her team better than where they started. She is a coach that is tough on you at times, but only because she cares and knows that you have what it takes to succeed. I just wanted to take this time to just say thank you. Thank you for never giving up on me and pushing me to be the absolute best I could be. You have truly made a great influence on me and have impacted me more than you know. 

Finally the oldest sister, Brittney. The one that I would take to the front line with me every second of every day. The one who has truly shaped me into the player and person that I am today. Brittney is a dream coach, one that pushes you where you physically can’t do anymore and also the one that when she laughs makes the rest of the team laugh with her. Every practice she made you a better player, even if you didn’t know it yet. She pushes each and everyone of her players and doesn’t stop until they have become the volleyball player that she sees in them. She is the person that feels every victory and defeat with her athletes, nothing feels better than after winning a championship, and looking over at her seeing her jumping up and down, just like the rest of her team. Britt you are an amazing coach and person, and I want to give you the biggest thank you for everything that you have done for me. I don’t know where I would be today in my career if I didn’t have you right beside me. 

One final thank you to all of these sisters who have made me realize that playing volleyball is more than volleyball but about family. I appreciate you all teaching me how to love the game of volleyball like a Horton does. 



A Letter to Someone Who Inspires Me – JR Kiersten Colvin

Dear Grandma-ma,

I am lucky to say that I come from strong independent women like you. Although everyone who knows you may refer to you as “Crazy Peggy”, I think they are just envious of your scrappiness and the way you get things done. You went from a bookkeeper to an entrepreneur, raised three kids, taught religion classes, and probably did so much more I do not even know of.

As a kid, you would always take us to the apartment on 19th and 1st  and bring us to the coolest places like the Christmas Spectacular, Chelsea Piers, and the Bubble Show. It wasn’t until I was around 10 that I realized we were subletting the apartment to college kids whenever we were not there. Unfortunately, we had to stop. But to this day, I am in awe of the city and dream about living there one day.

Even now, without grandpa and your deteriorating memory, you still manage to live the best life possible. You are still a landlord and rent out both the basement and upstairs apartment (after completely renovating the basement post Hurricane Sandy). You even got a dog after every person in the family and the dog shelter told you no. In your “Crazy Peggy” ways, you had Aunt Kathleen get you one. But we should’ve trusted you because you and Muffin are living a great life together. Of course, this is besides the fact that you force the upstairs tenants to unnecessarily buy Muffin ice cream from Mister Softee every night.

Your ability to get what you want and do it in an unconventional fashion is something I admire in all aspects of my life. In volleyball, I understand that a point is a point and a win is a win. It does not matter how I get there, as long as I keep fighting smarter. In school or work, I look towards simpler solutions, delegate tasks, and sometimes deviate from the instructions. You inspire me to fight for myself, bend the rules, and go after what I want.

You are an amazing lady that has raised some amazing people. I am sure grandpa is smiling in heaven watching how you’ve handled yourself and our family these past 15 years. Thank you for making me laugh every single time I talk to you and being a role model throughout my life. I hope I can bring at least some “Crazy Peggy” energy and do something that will make you proud.

Love Your Granddaughter,