“I was thrilled I actually had no idea I was in the running for it,” Callaway said. “I think it was a combination of working hard in the classroom and working hard on the field too. I was just really honored to be acknowledged for all of that.”
Along with making the commencement speech, Callaway graduated with a 4.6 grade-point average and will attend Georgia where she will be a part of the Foundation Fellowship Honors Program.
“The program emphasizes travel so they pay for you to spend a Maymester in Oxford, England after your freshman year,” said Callaway, who wants to be a neurosurgeon.
Even though she won’t be playing soccer in Athens, Callaway, an outside back and midfielder, helped the Lady War Eagles reach the Final Four this season in spite of just an 11-11 overall record.
“We probably went through the most difficult schedule we’ve played in my four years—nearly every team was ranked,” Callaway said. “But it ended up preparing us for the state tournament a lot more than other teams were anticipating.”