Lovie Haley always finishes all her homework.


“I can’t sleep at night if I haven’t done the homework,” she said in a recent interview with the Palm Coast Observer. “If I didn’t finish, I would feel bad about myself because I know I can do it.”

That inner drive has led Haley to an impressive resume, grade point average and, most recently, a scholarship to play softball at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

According to her mother, Vicky, Haley has known since she was about 10 years old that she wanted to play college softball. She learned what it would take as far as grades and softball skills, and she went for it, taking extra pitching and hitting lessons for years, working long hours on the field.