College Bound: Sarah Monesmith

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During her four years with the Jasper girls tennis team, Sarah Monesmith helped lead the Wildcats to four consecutive state finals appearances and has also been named to the All-State team, the Big Eight all-conference team and was also named one of the top tennis players in the state by the Indianapolis Star.

A Q&A with Jasper alum Sarah Monesmith who will be playing tennis collegiately at Butler University.

What was the biggest factor into your decision to play sports collegiately? Playing tennis in college has been my dream since I was 12 years old. I fell in love with the sport and wanted to take it to the next level.

What stood out about Butler University and what made you choose it over others you visited? Butler had everything that I wanted in a school — a good location, smaller size, a good basketball team, an awesome Health Sciences program, an awesome tennis coach, Greek life, Riley Dance Marathon, and most importantly, a family-like tennis team dynamic.  Butler was the only school that had everything that I ever wanted in a school.  I am really blessed because I would go to Butler even if I wasn't playing tennis, and so now I have the opportunity to play for my dream school.

During your time at Jasper, who or what do you feel most prepared you for playing sports in college? Training hard, playing a lot of tournaments, and working with amazing coaches has prepared me most for playing college tennis. I knew when I made the decision to pursue playing collegiately that it would take a lot of hard work and sacrifices, but I have been blessed with great coaches, great hitting partners, and wonderful parents who all have selflessly supported me along this journey.

What was your biggest accomplishment during your time at Jasper? The thing I am most proud of from high school would be establishing the Riley Dance Marathon program at Jasper High School.  In its first three years of existence, we have raised about $30,000 for the kiddos at Riley Children's Hospital!  I am so passionate about the hospital, and I am so thrilled to now have this amazing organization at my high school where I can share that passion with everyone and help an amazing cause in the mean time.

If you could describe your high school athletics experience in one word, what would it be? Family — the Jasper tennis team is super close-knit, and I know I could go to any of my teammates, coaches, or other families involved if I ever needed anything.  The Jasper tennis family is something so special, and I am so blessed to be a part of it.

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