Corey Spell, a rising senior at Clinton High School, has a Bible verse she lives by, and it has served her well.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today,” reads Matthew 6:34.
“I typically would worry about everything, but I’ve learned to keep playing and not worry about things on or off the court,” said Corey, a two-sport letterman in swimming and volleyball for the Dark Horses. Not only does she excel in both sports, she also performs highly in the classroom with 4.0 GPA. She loves school, especially math.
“I guess because I’m good at it,” said Corey.
Monday was the first official practice for high school volleyball and there are a number of young ladies trying out. Corey will find out on Wednesday who made the junior varsity and varsity squads. Her sister Taylor is a rising freshman and is trying out. Needless to say, Corey is cheering on her sister, hoping she may make the varsity squad.
“It would be awesome if she’s good enough to play on varsity. I think it would be an enjoyable experience in my last year of high school to have my sis playing,” stated Corey.
Corey went on to add that her teammates encourage her every day to want to get better. Several of her former teammates have gone on to play volleyball in college. As an outside hitter for Coach Jennifer Edgerton, Corey has two faces, one friendly and the other is her game face.
“When I hit the court I’m a completely different person,” said Corey. “I’m a competitor.”
Last year, she decided to hit the pool, something she hasn’t done in many years. She was persuaded by her good friend Katey Yang to try swimming again.
“So I did and enjoyed it immensely,” said Corey. She made all county and was also named as the team’s Most Valuable Player. Her events include the 200-meter medley relay, 100-meter backstroke, and the 50-meter freestyle. She went to the regionals in the 100-meter backstroke.
During the winter months she can be found playing club volleyball for LAVA, which stands for Lakewood Area Volleyball Association.
Spell is looking into two schools at this point: UNC-W and Campbell University, where her goal is to major in business, marketing or advertising. Another of her favorite courses is an honors class, in which she studied advertising in sports and entertainment.
For a major assignment, she and her classmates had to find a mentor at the wellness center, get demographics and construct an advertising campaign in order to promote the center. The classmates also had to come up with a slogan for the campaign. Then they had to present it to a panel of teachers. After it was over the panel called Corey back in.
“I thought I had done something wrong, but they wanted me to present at the state level. But at that time it wouldn’t fit into my school,” noted Corey of scheduling conflicts.
She’s a member of the BETA, DECA and CTE Honors Society, and will be inducted into the Spanish Honors Society later this year.
She is a member of the First Baptist Church, 408 College St. in Clinton, and is heavily involved in the youth group.
“This summer our mission’s group did work in our church community helping members with what they needed to be done,” she remarked. Also her church has a Soup Kitchen on Thursday nights to feed those in need.
This summer she has been babysitting and found time to coach the youth at the Clinton Recreation Department.
“It was fun and stressful,” she said, “but the children learned a lot and got better as the season progressed.”
During her off-time she enjoys going to White Lake, which she call “my getaway place,” noted Corey. She also loves the beach and vacationed at Oak Island. Corey is the daughter of Amy Spell and Raymond Spell. She has two siblings, sister Taylor, and a brother Ethan, a sixth grade student at Harrells Christian Academy.
“My family is very important to me and my parents have always pushed me to do my best,” said Corey.
Melony Henderson can be reached at [email protected] or 910-376-2127.