Rising Stars

by Sydni Walker

The student athletes at Texas A&M University-Commerce are committed to serving their team and their school. While they all have different backgrounds, personalities and interests, they recognize that they are a part of something bigger than themselves.

San Antonio native, Marcus Graham of the football team, is in his second semester of graduate school and pursuing a master’s degree in technology management after receiving his bachelor’s degree in construction science in December 2010. During his time at A&M-Commerce, he has held roles as vice president of senate affairs for the Student Government Association, and health and safety chair for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. He’s been involved with sports since he was 6 years old, but only since high school focused on football. “While playing for A&M-Commerce, I have seen people come and go,” Marcus said. “But the team we have now has grown together, like a family.” Marcus enjoys being a part of this team because the passion and character of his teammates inspires him to be the best he can be. “Working together helps me find new ways to better myself as an athlete and a person.”

Jordan McCarthy, a soccer player from Denton, Texas, is a senior with a double major in political science and history. She is part of the Honors College, Chi Omega Sorority, and Student Representative for the University Honors Council. During her time at A&M-Commerce, she was also a member of the Student Honors Council and Secretary for Student Government Association. Jordan played sports since she was 4 and has been supported all along by her family and boyfriend. “Our team is incredible,” Jordan said. “We have such a unique dynamic that allows everyone to contribute to the overall character of the team.” Even though Jordan is very outgoing and confident, her team has helped bring out the best in her and pushed her to reach my fullest potential

Sophomore Kayla Bond from Denton, Texas is a member of the volleyball team; majoring in sports and recreation management. She’s maintained the delicate balance of academics, athletics and a social life with flair as a member of Chi Omega Sorority, Phi Eta Sigma, a national honor society, and her favorite pastime, Lions volleyball. “I absolutely love my team!” Kayla said. “This is by far the best team I have ever been a member of.” One of the reasons Kayla feels so connected is because she knows she can depend on her teammates—they all have her back, and she has theirs. Everyone working toward the same goal produce an unbreakable bond. “Working with these girls has benefited me in numerous ways,” Kayla said. “This team has helped me grow as a player, not only physically, but also mentally.”