Bruins News · Bruin Spotlight #10: Grace Marshall

Grace Marshall is featured in Spotlight #10. She suggests you get involved and shares the benefits of participating. It is fair to say that she has been influenced by family and others who have played before for. She also shares the importance of positively supporting friends and teams as they participate which is dead on.

Grace is currently playing basketball and we wish her and her teammates a great season!

Athlete: Grace Marshall
Grade: 12
Current Sport: Girls Basketball
Parents: David & Traci Marshall

Besides basketball, what other sports or activities are you involved in? I am involved in 4-H, Junior Leaders, FFA, and HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America).

Why do you play basketball in particular? My grandfather was a Montpelier Spartan and went on to play basketball at Taylor University. My dad was on the Bruin’s 1991 sectional team, and has been coaching high school basketball since his college days. Basketball has always seemed like home to me, and I have grown up around it. I love being able to be around people who love basketball just as much as I do.

Other than winning and losing, what other things do you hope to take away from your experiences playing sports? Sports have shaped who I am mentally and physically. This season especially has made me mentally tough and forced me to push myself! I have never had to do that before, and I have gone further than I thought possible. I know this will carry over into college, my job, and my life. My mindset and attitude (not only in sports) have done a complete 180 and I really have basketball and Coach Waters to thank for that!

What words would you share for those kids who aren’t playing a sport right now or are considering doing so? GET INVOLVED. Not only basketball but sports, in general, have made me a better me. I have made so many friends through sports and I know my teammates and coaches will always be there no matter what. Being a senior, I look back at the three seasons I have already completed and can recall so many memories. It is hard work, but it is fun. You won’t regret it!

What does it mean to you to be a Bruin? To me, being a Bruin means having school pride and always believing in yourself and your school. Being there supporting every sport you can, cheering them on instead of tearing them down, and boosting school morale are characteristics of a true Bruin.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not playing sports (hobbies, interests, etc.)? I enjoy being with my friends, attending school functions (dances, football games, basketball games, etc), reading and listening to music.

What has been your favorite moment in sports during your career at BHS so far? My favorite moment in sports was the Frankton vs Blackford boy’s basketball game last year. It was so packed and the crowd was awesome! Being in the student section was so much fun and it was an action packed game. There was so much hype leading up to that game. Overall it was a great experience and it was so much fun cheering on our boys!

Are you involved in any leadership roles or activities at BHS? I am a part of HOSA and FFA. We just attended FFA national convention for a day, and I can’t wait to go to Indianapolis in April for a HOSA competition!

Was there a any former Bruin that you admired or looked up to? If so, who was it and why did you admire or look up to them? A former Bruin I look up to is Vince Brown. I have heard so many stories about how gritty he was was and how hard he worked as a football player. I look up to him not just because of the things he accomplished as an athlete at Blackford, but because of the support he continues to give all of the Bruin teams so many years later. I love talking to Vince at games and hearing his stories. He always has advice to give and motivates me! I want to thank him for being so supportive of the Bruins and being so invested in our lives.