Torie Bradshaw, a senior forward for the Herriman High girls basketball team, set a goal as a freshman to receive the honor of Academic All State with a 4.0 grade point average.

This year, the honor is hers.

Bradshaw is the first girl at Herriman High to receive the honor of Academic All-State. She received the award in girls basketball. The 12 winners in division 4A had an average GPA of 4.0.

Bradshaw was a key starter for the Mustangs, often scoring double-double points and rebounds and receiving honorable mentions for the all-region teams. She played for Bingham High before transferring to Herriman when it opened her junior year.

“It takes hard work and you’ve got to be pretty dedicated,” Bradshaw said. “It’s easy to let your grades go when you’re playing sports because nobody wants to stay up until two in the morning to finish homework when they have a game the next day.”

Bradshaw said it took late nights and missed meals to make it happen. Bradshaw’s course load was difficult and included AP Statistics and honors chemistry. Additionally, she was part of the school choir, peer leadership group and competed at nationals for DECA.

“I don’t know how I made it through; it still doesn’t seem possible,” she said.

Bradshaw said support from her parents was key in her accomplishments.

“It’s a good thing I have good parents,” she said. “It’s not easy to watch your daughter staying up all night and missing meals and doing all this stuff that isn’t healthy for her just to get good grades. They have a lot of patience. They’ve always trusted me with my grades and been supportive of me.”

Now that basketball season is over and Bradshaw has achieved her high school goals, she is focusing on the state DECA competition.

“I like to be busy,” she said. “Now that it’s over, I don’t think I’ve fully grasped what it means. I worked so hard for so long for this. It’s amazing.”

Bradshaw received the school and region Sterling Scholar award in computer technology and will be attending Brigham Young University, where she plans to study graphic design or marketing and advertising.

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