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Academic All-Star: Courtney Nelson of Kamiakin High School

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KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Kamiakin High School senior Courtney Nelson demonstrates leadership and success with her experience on the lady Braves.

"It's my senior year. I just know a lot of the girls on the team. I've been with them forever. I guess they kind of voted me to be the leader. So I just took a hold of it and went with it," Nelson said.

"She's played for one coach for three years and here her senior year she has to learn a new system and a new way to do things, and she just embraced that and been a great leading scorer on our team," head girls' basketball coach Lane Schumacher added.

Nelson has a 3.7 GPA. She received a scholarship to play basketball at Northwest Nazarene University. Nelson's family is a big influence.

"They're definitely my motivation. I always go home and they tell me what to do different. So I always want to just please them, make them happy," Nelson said.

She also knows when to bring the fun to her team.

"My birthday was last week and she organized a big water balloon fest in here. So this floor was just thrashed. They all had 4-5 water balloons and came running out and bombed me with those. I took the cream pie to the face," Schumacher admitted.

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