Whether she’s spiking a volleyball or spiking your hair, Wayne City High School’s Callie Johnson can get the job done.
Johnson accepted an athletic grant-in-aid on Friday, March 12, to play volleyball for Rend Lake College and was offered a two-year, full-ride scholarship.
"I love playing volleyball," said Johnson. "I’m excited and nervous at the same time."
Johnson is taking on quite a load in addition to playing volleyball for RLC. The Wayne City native also has signed up for the college’s Paul Mitchell Partner School Cosmetology Program, the only public community college in the nation to have received that designation.
RLC Volleyball Coach Rhonda Carlton said she believes Johnson "will be a great all-around player for us. She’s a great defensive player and she can really jump." At 5 feet 6 inches, she will be a good utility player, said Carlton.
Johnson’s WCHS squad went 26-9 this season. Her honors include being named All-Southern Illinois.
After finishing the year-long Cosmetology Program, Johnson plans to finish out her Associate’s Degree and has tentative plans to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in Business.
Johnson’s mother, Christal Johnson, described her daughter as a hard worker and as being very competitive.
"I’m glad she’s decided to go ahead and play," Christal Johnson said. "I think she should experience that."