Savannah Rodgers is one of the top student-athletes at Wardlaw Academy.
She’s an all-state softball player and led the Patriots to a state runner-up finish last season, while in the classroom she’s held the highest GPA since her freshman year. Rodgers said the main reason she’s had so much success on and off the field is because of a lesson she learned from her parents when she was little.
“Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard,” Rodgers said. “You have to use the abilities you are given. You can’t take them for granted. You can’t just sit on the couch. You have to put in the hours. It’s going to be a lot [of work], but If you really want something you have to go out and get it.”
“She’s done a great job,” Savannah’s father, Tim Rodgers, said. “She’s hustled and worked for it. She’s had the ability and put forth the effort. That’s what I’m most proud of it. Whether she got there or not, she put forth the effort.”
Rodgers will continue her softball career at Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C., where she plans to study biology.