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WAFF 48 Star Student - Raven Washington of Riverton Intermediate School

Published: Apr. 7, 2011 at 2:32 PM CDT|Updated: May. 8, 2011 at 12:16 PM CDT
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Even in sandals, 11-year-old Raven Washington brings her "A" game to the basketball court.

This Riverton Intermediate fifth grader has been playing since she was five, but said her best game was about a year ago when she scored 15 points for her team.

"In the first quarter, there was this girl that was doing really good on the other basketball team, and she scored all their points," said Washington. "And then my coach put me on her to play defense, man-to-man, and I shut her down."

She has shut a lot of girls down on the court as a member of the AAU's 11 and under Lady Panthers. However, basketball is not Raven's only focus.

"I love school and I love to read," said Washington.

Raven is a straight "A" student who enjoys participating in lots of school activities. She's also a great writer. A recent essay about her grandmother landed both of them a spot in this year's Alabama Gerontological Society calendar.

"Raven is such a bright student. She's very well rounded. She has an eager drive to know more and to understand," said teacher Andrea Neuschaefer.

Raven enjoys planning events. She plans her own birthday parties and is currently planning one for her four-legged friend, Allie.

Speaking of friends, Raven's friends say she is a good one.

"Raven has a good personality and she always listens and she never lets anybody down," said friend Jolie Hill.

She plans to never let herself down. Raven said after attending either Tennessee or Alabama for college, she wants to be a professional basketball player in the WNBA.

From the looks of it, what Raven wants, Raven gets. That's why she's this week's WAFF 48 Star Student.

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