HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - 18-year-old Sarah O'Neal already has her future planned out. The Madison County High School senior wants to be a registered nurse, partly because she simply loves science.
"Being able to do experiments and stuff, and just figuring out what goes with what, what shouldn't go, and what makes big explosions," said O'Neal.
However, while she loves science, there is something else that she loves even more- baton twirling.
Sarah is an award-winning competition baton twirler. She has been dazzling judges and onlookers with her talent since she was 5 years old.
"When I was in kindergarten, we got a flyer, and I was like, 'Oh mom, I want to do this', and I just started and I just stuck with it. It's just one of those things when you start, you know," said O'Neal.
She has won hundreds of competition medals and trophies since then.
"I get very satisfied when I do good, and when I go out there and I don't do so good, it makes me want to work harder to do better," said O'Neal.
That applies to the other activities Sarah is involved in as well.
She works hard at her paying job in Owens Crossroads, and she works just as hard at her non-paying job as a volunteer with the Keel Mountain Volunteer Fire Department.
"I'm usually just the one in the road that tells people no you can't come through here. You have to go the other way," said O'Neal.
Many people say Sarah is the epitome of leadership and responsibility.
"We do a lot of activities in class where I rely on students to be leaders in the class. And she is always willing to step up and do that. She is great with cooperating with other students and helping and she is just a bubbly student in class and she's just a great student to have," said teacher Christy Price.
That is what makes Sarah O'Neal a WAFF 48 Star Student.