Cane Bay High School senior Savannah Hollifield has compiled impressive numbers in the classroom while balancing responsibilities to three varsity sports teams in 2017-18.
“Savannah is without a doubt one of the hardest working student-athletes to ever come through Cane Bay High School,” Cane Bay principal Tim McDowell said. “She goes from volleyball to basketball to softball and still maintains one of the highest grade-point averages in school.”
Hollifield’s 4.7 GPA places her among the most dedicated and brightest students in a senior class of nearly 400 graduates. She has been accepted to Clemson University and plans to pursue engineering.
“She’s been in tons of Advanced Placement classes,” Cane Bay girls basketball coach Ira Owens said. “She is very self-motivated. She strives to do her best in the classroom and on the floor. She was like my coach on the floor. There were times where she was like ‘we need to do this or we need to do that’ and it was the right call. She’s the epitome of what any program would want in a player.”
Owens remembers Hollifield being one willing and tough enough to step up take a charge and hold teammates accountable.
While Summerville Communications talked to Owens on April 17, he was on hand to watch the softball team play at Beaufort High School. In the first inning, Hollifield launched a grand slam to help power the Lady Cobras to the region victory.
Off the athletic field of play, she is a member of the National Honor Society and National Beta Club and has been a student athletic trainer and office volunteer. As a junior, she traveled to Washington, D.C., as a Career and Technical Education ambassador. As a sophomore, she attended the South Carolina High School League’s leadership and sportsmanship summit.
Away from CBHS, Hollifield has been a volunteer with the Summerville Miracle League.
For Hollifield, it could be a case of an apple not bouncing too far away from the tree. McDowell said her parents have been a positive influence.
“You couldn’t ask for better parents,” McDowell said. “Her mom and dad are 100 percent behind her. Her mom volunteers any time we need something. I had to pick my top 10 parents as far as helping and supporting the school, they’re in my top 10.”