Wakulla's Desera Wishart - WTXL/TCC Scholar Athlete of the Week

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Posted at 1:09 AM, Jan 19, 2017
and last updated 2018-02-15 08:11:01-05

CRAWFORDVILLE, Fla. (WTXL) - For Wakulla senior Desera Wishart, she'll leave Crawfordville with just about everything checked off her high school bucket list.

"I'm leaving knowing high school was good for me, and I'm excited," she said.

She should be. A stand-out on the softball diamond and on the soccer field, Desera knows what it takes to get the job done.

"She transitions from soccer to softball and she brings that mentality of athleticism to the field," said head soccer coach Logan Crouch, who's coached Desera since middle school. "It allows us to really capitalize on her play and athletic ability on the defensive side. There's not really a stat for it, but she's had more saves or just as many as our actual goalkeeper."

"Softball starts next week when Districts are over so, yeah it's crazy!" she laughed. "I go from school to practice and then I also work, so yeah. It's hard to balance everything!"

Desera's got that balancing act figured out. Along with leading a young War Eagles team this season, she's scoring big in the classroom - boasting a 3.86 GPA.

"I'm all about the books," she said. "My friends are like, how do you do all this?! I'm also in Student Government, National Honor Society. I'm just going all the time."

 "Because she takes her studies so seriously, it pushes other ones, especially our upcoming freshman and sophomores to make sure that they take care of things academically," said coach Crouch.

"I'm just hoping the younger girls, because we have a young team this year," said Desera. "I'm hoping they'll remember us seniors. We've tried to instill a lot of things in them, so hopefully they build the program up."

Remembering a senior like Desera? No problem.