Rebecca DeMars excited for volleyball, faith convention

By: 
Charlie Denison
Reporter

Rebecca DeMars, left, and her sister, Samantha, work together as hitters on the volleyball court. Like her sister, Rebecca will be taking a trip to the national Catholic Youth Convention this fall. Her sister went two years ago.
Photo courtesy of Rebecca DeMars

Summer is over, and that’s all right for Winifred sophomore Rebecca DeMars.

She’s ready for school, and she’s ready for volleyball.

“I’m very excited about volleyball this year,” she said. “I get to play varsity, and I get to play my favorite position: middle hitter. I’m really looking forward to it.”

There is a lot to be excited about this year, Rebecca said. This fall, Rebecca is heading to the National Catholic Youth Convention in Indianapolis, where she hopes to grow in her faith, make friends and have an unforgettable experience.

“My sister went two years ago and said she had a lot of fun meeting people her age and meeting people who have the same faith,” she said. “I’m also looking forward to the music. TobyMack, a Christian hip-hop artist, will be performing.”

This is not Rebecca’s first trip to Indianapolis. In fact, she was there last fall for the National FFA convention. She had a good year with FFA last year, placing first in junior range, and making state with the Winifred chapter.

“I’ve enjoyed getting involved in FFA,” Rebecca said. “I’ve done a little bit of every competition. Also, last year I was sentinel and this year I am secretary.”

Part of her interest in FFA comes from living on a ranch outside of Winifred, where she’s been taught the importance of having an excellent work ethic.

“I’ve had to earn my way by working for my dad on the ranch,” she said. “I help out with haying, working cows and moving cows. It’s definitely improved my work ethic.”

This work ethic is also reflected in school, as well as on the volleyball and basketball court.

She expects this year to be a good year for both sports.

“We only lost two seniors on both the volleyball and the basketball team,” she said. “We have freshmen who are pretty good this year, too. I think we can make it further in the tournament in volleyball and I think we can make it back to state for basketball.”

It’s going to be a good year, Rebecca said, and she’s glad to spend it in Winifred, a place she’s proud to be born and raised.

“I like that it’s small and it’s a big family,” she said. “Everyone knows everybody.” 

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