When it comes to staying busy, Skye Richard comes out ahead of some other junior high school students.
The 13-year-old eighth-grader at Copperas Cove Junior High School is a leader on the Starlettes dance team, sings in the school choir and plays soccer with the city league.
Dance is the newest activity on Skye’s repertoire; she joined the team at the beginning of this school year.
“My mom was a Copperette, so I wanted to get involved in dance,” she said.
Skye is still trying to decide if she wants to join the Copperettes when she starts high school next year, because she also enjoys playing soccer.
For the past eight years, Skye has been involved with the city’s soccer league.
“It’s something to do during summer and winter,” she said. “It keeps me going.”
Skye said she is interested in pursuing singing when she’s an adult.
“I’ve been doing it for a long time,” she said. “It’s an enjoyable thing to do.”
All in the family
Staying busy may run in the Richard family. Skye said her 12-year-old brother and 10-year-old sister are each involved in football and cheerleading, respectively.
Skye’s math teacher, Kerry Cryer, described Skye as “a great role model, (and) is taking advanced classes and is always willing to help others.”
History is Skye’s favorite subject because she finds it “simple” to understand, while science gives her a harder time.
Skye is thinking about taking on another responsibility.
“I’m considering the tennis team, but I have to try and fit it in my schedule,” she said.