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Rickards' Iyanla Woodfaulk - WTXL Scholar Athlete of the Week

They were calling me scrappy and then as I grew up
Posted: 5:24 PM, Feb 28, 2019
Updated: 2019-04-01 19:21:44Z
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TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) — Even if you didn't know who Rickards senior Iyanla Woodfaulk was, her nickname tells you call you need to know.

"They were calling me scrappy and then as I grew up it stuck," laughed Woodfaulk. "It gets to the point where I don't have to explain my name anymore. Everybody is okay, now I see why everybody calls you Scrap!"

Scrappy. Relentless. Woodfaulk gets it done no matter what offense she's leading.

"Her will to win are some of the things she can bring to this team," said head flag football coach T.Y. Conyers. "She can do whatever she wants to no matter how small she is. She has a big heart."

"I try to do what I do best, keep my energy up, and to never put your head down," added Woodfaulk. "I just try to make them realize that with the right leadership, everything can go right."

For Scrap, despite missing out on the State Finals in hoops, everything is looking just fine. She's hoping to lead this flag football team to new heights, and she's doing it all while balancing a 3.5 GPA in the books.

"No matter if you get little rest or no rest, you get your work done," she said of her studies. "Student Athlete, the student comes first. Without the grades, you can't be an athlete."

"3.5 goes a long way in life," agreed Conyers. "It's not just football or basketball, it's off the field and off the court too. You have be mentally prepared as well as physical, because mentally will take you farther than physical."

Getting things done is something scrappy Woodfaulk lives everyday.

"I want to be the person people strive to be," she said. "When people tell me they want to be just like me, I always tell them be better than me, because I can always be better."

Be like Scrap. Not a bad motto to have.