"I was lucky. When I was in seventh grade I said 'OK, I'm going to play this, and this and this," says Nicholls. "And I have loved every bit of it. It is just such a large part of my life I don't know what I'd do without it."
"She's just a tremendous leader. She's an outstanding basketball player and an outstanding athlete, but the thing I can say most about Blake is the fact that she is an outstanding person," says basketball coach Don Kent.
Besides her athletic prowess, Nicholls excels in the classroom. She carries a 4.0 grade point average.
"She epitomizes everything that is good about students. She's a hard worker, she is dedicated to everything she does, she is friendly to every student she ever meets," says teacher Bob Langevin.
For Blake Nicholls, positive enthusiasm is a way of life.
"I try to everything as best as I can, and work hard at all times because it always seems if like I'm pushing myself, everyone around me is pushing themselves as hard as they can," she says. "Because I look at other people and if they are just working as hard as they can, they inspire me to do better. So I just try to do the same for them."
Blake Nicholls of East Wake High School is this week's winner of the Extra Effort Award.
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