Alex Wood, a graduate of Crawford County High School who is currently a senior at Embry-Riddle College, has recently been named to the Daktronics- National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Scholar-Athlete team.
To be selected for the Scholar-Athlete team, Wood had to be at least a junior and have a 3.5 GPA or higher. Wood currently has a 3.7 GPA.
The first recruit for the Embry-Riddle inaugural softball team, Wood recorded the first ever hit for the program in the school’s first game in 2013. An outfielder, Wood had 10 hits during her senior year -- including three doubles.
Wood lettered in four sports at Crawford County High School -- basketball, softball, cross country and track. She also was a four-time first team All-Region selection in softball.
Juggling academics and athletics isn’t always easy, especially when finals are the same week as the conference tournament. Wood said the key was prioritizing.
“It is also great to have someone that always believes that you can do it. My grandmother, Rebecca Wood of Warner Robins, is like most grandmothers about their grandkids. She thinks I can do anything in the world,” Alex Wood said.
Being part of a first ever team can be daunting, but Wood had an advantage. She played junior college ball at Waycross College during its inaugural season as well.
“It is exciting to be part of starting a legacy, but there is also a lot of pressure to start off right,” Wood said.
Wood has completed her senior season as an athlete and will be graduating with a degree in homeland security in December. She double-minored in business and psychology.
She plans on continuing her education and earning her masters in forensics before pursuing a career with federal law enforcement. This summer she participated in a study abroad program, visiting England, Ireland and France.