Sikeston’s Boyd becomes first Sikeston girls soccer player to earn Academic All-State honors

Sikeston senior Emily Boyd poses for a picture at the Sikeston Recreation Complex, on Monday, May 11, 2020. Boyd earned Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association All-Academic Team honors, becoming the first Sikeston girls soccer player to achieve that honor.
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SIKESTON — Only 40 players statewide, per sport, are recognized each year for the Missouri High School Soccer Coaches Association (MSHSSCA) All-Academic Team.

Sikeston has never had a girls' representative on the team, until this year, as Emily Boyd earned the distinction.

“I was really happy because, besides soccer, school’s always been a priority,” Boyd said. “Taking the ACT, keeping good grades, so I was really excited when I found out because it really showed to me that I was able to maintain the balance between academics and extracurriculars, like soccer.”

The criteria for the honor is as followed:

• Minimum of two years as a varsity starter for their team;

• Unweighted GPA and ACT score of 98.8 — which is multiplying the players’ ACT score by her unweighted GPA.

Boyd is the only player from Southeast Missouri that made the team.

In the fall, she plans to attend Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and major in political science.

Planning around school and clubs while also maintaining a high academic standing can be tough, but Boyd said that keeping a schedule helps her stay organized and on top of things.

“I have to write everything down and just be sure that I’m where I’m supposed to be when I’m supposed to be all the time,” Boyd said. “I always have to do my homework when I get home from practice and my clubs; I just really got to stay on top of things all the time.”

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