ALBERTVILLE, AL (WAFF) - When Emily Woodruff, a junior at Albertville High School, is in class she's focused on doing her best, but her motivation to excel has to do with competition.
"You have to tell yourself that you have to work as hard as you do on the field in your academics because if you don't make good grades, you can't play the sport that you love," she says.
The 17 year old is a talented softball player who has already committed to accept a full scholarship to play for Jacksonville State University.
Her high school team, the lady Aggies, have broken a school record by going 43-9-1 and they'll be playing in the regional tournament this week.
"I started playing softball when I was probably 5 or 6 years old and I've been playing ever since, and it's just something I've always loved doing from the time I was little," says Emily.
She says her dad was a big part of introducing her to the sport, in fact he's her coach, and when you have a coach for a parent you better believe you'll do well on the field and in the classroom.
"I'm really strong in my faith and without my parents being on my back all the time about my grades and working hard and stuff," she says.
Emily says her advice to other teens who want to excel, "Try and be positive about everything."