Academics for All is pleased to announce that Robbi Ryan, daughter of Bill Ryan and Kim Ryan, is this week’s Summit Award winner.
The youngest of five, not only has Ryan set herself apart from her athletic older siblings she has also set herself apart from her peers by, most recently, breaking a 21-year scoring record for the Lady Broncs in an overtime game against Gillette. She scored 50 points, breaking the school record of 41 set back in 1995.
Throughout high school, Ryan has participated in soccer, volleyball and basketball. As an all-state player in each sport, she has continually led multiple Sheridan High School teams to victory. Her junior year, she was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in both basketball and soccer and was named the East 4A player of the year in basketball for both her sophomore and junior years. Ryan is also the only basketball player, boy or girl, to be named McDonald’s All American finalist this year. What motivates this young lady to do so well? “I’m a competitive person and I don’t like not being good at something,” she said. She credits her involvement in sports for teaching her the importance of being a part of something bigger than yourself; requiring dedication, hard work, persistence and patience. She has an inner drive to continually be better and pushes herself not only on the court but also in the classroom.
Ryan maintains a 3.898 GPA and has completed Advanced Placement courses in U.S. government and politics and economics. This year she is tackling AP calculus citing, “It is by far the most challenging class I have ever taken. It constantly challenges me and forces me to study to be able to comprehend the curriculum. It is very rewarding when I get a right answer or do well on a test.”
Her favorite subject is math and she nominated her AP calculus teacher, Nancy Crowe, for the Outstanding Teacher Award. When asked why Ryan responded, “She develops a relationship with her students and will do about anything to help one of her students succeed in the classroom. She pushes me to keep working and not slack off, motivating me to do my best.”
Ryan has been recruited by several PAC-12 schools including Colorado, California, Oregon State, Utah, Nebraska, Iowa and others. She ultimately committed to Arizona State University to play basketball on scholarship stating, “It just felt right.” Ryan is the third guard in ASU’s 2016 class.
It is hard to believe this incredible young lady would have time for anything more in her life, however, she loves spending time with her friends, camping and playing the guitar. She loves all music and too many movies it’s hard to pick a favorite.
She especially enjoys her volunteer activities, which have included Habitat for Humanity, cooking at the homeless shelter, caroling during the holidays at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center and predominantly, helping with the Special Olympics. She is unsure what she wants to study at ASU but is leaning toward secondary or special education.