Sydnee Goodson is a junior at Marianna High School. She has been on a diamond since she was five years old and can’t imagine not being there. At five and six she played tee ball, changing to coach pitch baseball when she was seven. At age eight, she transitioned to softball and fell in love with the sport. Nine years later, the love is still there. Since that time, she has added volleyball and once again, she found a new love. With all that being said, Sydnee never lost sight of the big picture. Academics have always come first.
Sydnee maintains a 3.96 GPA (grade point average), while playing two sports for five years. She is an active member in the Beta Club, National Honor Society, and Juniorettes. She is dual enrolled at Chipola College, adding six college hours to her resume on top of her already full schedule.
Her accolades on the volleyball court, she excelled three years at Marianna Middle School. Her seventh and eighth grade years, she was awarded the Best Server Award. Her eighth grade year she was also awarded MVP.
The awards did not stop on the court but moved to the diamond where she was named Defensive Player of the Year for seventh and eighth grade, as well as MVP and Captain award in eighth grade.
Moving to the high school had no adjustments for Sydnee. She was an integral part of both the junior varsity and varsity softball team and the varsity volleyball team. She was name MVP of the MHS junior varsity softball team her freshman year.
Looking back on her years of playing and her most memorable game, Sydnee says, “The game against Chipley when I hit a walk off double for us to win the game, it was great.”
Sydnee wasted no time in saying her favorite subject was math and her favorite math teachers, “Mr. Goodwin (Jamie) and Mr. Tocci (Bennett), I couldn’t pick just one. I had Mr. Goodwin in fifth grade and them Mr. Tocci in sixth and seventh.”
Sydnee knows readily she is blessed to be where she is in life, “I have to thank God and my parents. They have always been there for me.”
Accolades from teachers are nonstop. Tocci says of her, “Sydnee was an awesome student, very bright, and extremely well mannered. I could teach till I was 100 if all my students were half the person she is. My pleasure to have had her in the classroom for two years.”
Coach Scott Wiggins at Marianna High School says, “Sydnee is a great young lady on and off the field, always gives her best! It is a pleasure to be her coach.”
Danielle Baggett coached Sydnee for two years at Marianna High School, “I have coached her two years now and have been amazed at the outstanding job her parents have done with her. She works hard on and off the court. Sydnee has a wonderful heart, great morals, and is such a positive presence. She always gives 110% and genuinely cares whether it’s about school, family, friends, or athletics. She has helped me to continuously step my own game up to become a better coach for her. Sydnee just has that effect on people and doesn’t even realize it.”
Jamie Goodwin taught her math in fifth grade, “The great thing about Sydnee is that you are always going to get her best. She doesn’t know anything else. She’s very driven in everything she does, whether it’s sports or school. It’s easy to teach a kid like Sydnee. Teaching kids like her make teaching fun.”
Congratulations to Sydnee Goodson on her accomplishments in her short life time. The Jackson County Times will be watching for big things to come.