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YOU CAN'T MISS LEYLA ERTAN '21.
The senior with a positive, bubbly personality, who came to Second Baptist School in sixth grade, was named a 2021 Golden Eagle Award winner -- a top honor given to a senior male and female athlete.
In middle school, Ertan played volleyball, basketball, and softball. Once she arrived at the high school level, Ertan narrowed down her focus to basketball and softball, where she has achieved immense success, including reaching the TAPPS 5A State Championship game in basketball the past two seasons.
Ertan has also served as the admissions fellow, which has given her the opportunity to tour prospective or new students through the school and show them the SBS experience. Ertan was also involved with Student Life, Spanish club, and Key Club.
VYPE caught up with the multi-sport athlete for this Q&A.
VYPE: What's it like being at a school that supports you being a multi-sport athlete and beyond?
ERTAN: Coming into high school, I didn't actually know all I wanted to do. I didn't know if I would have time to do it all, with academics, balancing two sports, and being in leadership positions. Second Baptist School equips you to do everything you want to do and do it well. You have to communicate, and that's something I've learned to do so well. Communication with the coaches, teachers, and faculty is so important, and they are always open and ready to help you achieve your goals.
VYPE: Touring students around Second Baptist School, how much did you enjoy that?
ERTAN: I loved being able to show and share my experiences at Second Baptist School, because I am so passionate about this school and everything they have helped me accomplish. I just want to give back. It's been a blessing for me to be able to share just how great Second Baptist School really is, from the successful sports teams to the fun theatre program.
VYPE: What is your favorite part of going to school here?
ERTAN: At SBS, you know everyone. It's not like a huge public school where you have a thousand people in your class. I have 90 people in my grade level, and I know them all — first and last name. We sing happy birthday to them in the hallways. You know every single person, and it truly is a second family.
VYPE: What has Second Baptist School meant to you?
ERTAN: Second Baptist has definitely been a second family to me. All the people I've met and relationships that I have been able to have these past seven years have truly meant so much to me. It's going to be a bittersweet goodbye, but I am able to keep these connections for a lifetime.
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The season came to an end a few months ago, VYPE released its public school All-VYPE team a few weeks ago and now here are the All-VYPE Private School selections.
Lutheran High North, The Village School, and Second Baptist School all played for TAPPS State Championships this past season and the ladies of LHN brought home the ship.
Check out who made the All-VYPE first, second, and honorable mention teams for the 2020-2021 season. Congratulations to all the selections.
Private School Girls All-VYPE Team
1st Team Dalanna Carter, Lutheran North Tymberlin Criswell, The Village School (SMU) Jada Malone, The Village School (Texas A&M) Zachara Perkins, St. Pius X Jorynn Ross, John Cooper School D'Asia Thomas, Houston Christian
2nd Team RyLee Grays, The Village School Anora Lee, Incarnate Word (2nd team all-state) Ajailah Ogiemwonyi, John Cooper School Ella Alexis Smith, St. Agnes Academy Kate Marshall, Second Baptist School Emrie Holt, Episcopal
Madison Sewell, Bay Area Christian Madison Steed, The Woodlands Christian Academy December Stevenson, Kinkaid Alexis Swain, Rosehill Sela Thiessen, Legacy Prep Chinelo Umeh, St. Agnes Academy (HM All-State) Olivia Walker, Second Baptist School Sydney Ward, The Village School Nyah White, Fort Bend Christian Academy Mary Wittmer, Legacy Prep