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Community work pays off for Riverbend grad

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Between all the studying, training, playing, coaching and volunteering, it’s a wonder Brianna Solberg had much time to catch her breath let alone a few Zzzs during her last four years of high school.

Either way, it’s all paying off for the Riverbend resident and Miles Macdonell grad as she continues to add accolades and awards to her resume before heading off to the University of Calgary later this fall.

Solberg received one of four 2013 Credit Unions High School Scholar/Athlete Awards at a ceremony at Government House on June 20.

The award, which recognizes both academic and athletic accomplishment, includes a $1,000 scholarship.

"I’ve always been a pretty hard-working, determined and competitive person," said Solberg.

"Getting all the extra recognition is nice and I appreciate it, but it’s just the extra stuff. It’s not why I do it."

Consider this: on top of being an all-star outside hitter, and captain, for the Buckeyes volleyball team and leading them to the Final Four, Solberg dabbled in soccer, track, badminton and golf.

If you couldn’t find her on a field, you could find her in the community, volunteering at Donwood Manor, making hampers for the Christmas Cheer Board, or coaching a pair of volleyball teams.

And, if you couldn’t find her there either, you could definitely find her in the school halls helping to organize graduation ceremonies, or in an athletic council meeting or joining in on another school club.

Solberg did it all while maintaining an impressive 94% average in her classes.

"If I was sitting at home, my mom would make me do housework," Solberg laughed.

"I’d go from one thing, come home for five minutes then go to the next. Obviously, some sacrifices had to be made. I gave up studying here and there. I would stay up later or get up earlier.

"That was the decision I made, and I made it for myself," she said.

"I was raised to do my best at everything so that’s what I aimed to do."

Being a busy bee instead of a homebody gave Solberg a diverse range of experiences that introduced her to hordes of new friends and helped her discover just how important time management is as a life skill.

After playing volleyball for Team Manitoba at the U21 Canada Games in Quebec this August, Solberg will head west to Calgary on a full scholarship, where she’ll throw on a Dinos uniform and dive into her biological sciences studies. She hopes to get into the university’s veterinary school.

"I don’t feel like I’d be as prepared if I didn’t do everything I did," said Solberg.

"Now it’s all becoming a reality. Grad is happening, and before you know, I’ll be out there getting settled.

"I’m very excited," she said.

Solberg was also awarded the Dr. Dale Iwanoczko Scholarship ($750) and the Mike Burchuk Award for female volleyball player of the year earlier this year.

Along with Solberg, Scholar/Athlete Awards were handed out to Christina Posthumus of Kildonan East Collegiate, Sam Murphy of Vincent Massey Collegiate, and Stefanie Lasuik of Warren Collegiate.

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