Three-year letterwinner and one-year team captain on the Waxahachie High School volleyball team in Waxahachie, Texas, 30 miles south of Dallas ... Led the Indians to the University Interscholastic League (UIL) regional semifinals all three years ... Hit .355 with 439 kills and 49 total blocks as a senior ... Earned all-district distinction in all three of her seasons at Waxahachie, as well as academic all-state honors in 2016 ... On the club circuit, competed for Skyline Juniors and Texas Image ... Member of the Skyline 16 Black club that took home the 16 USA national championship at the 2015 USA Volleyball Girls Junior Nationals ... AP Scholar and member of the National Honors Society ... Earned an invite to Waxahachie High's Top 30 Honorary Ceremony.
Born August 17, 1999 in Dallas, Texas ... Daughter of Evan and John Ward ... Grandfather, Scotty Rutherford, played football at Texas A&M from 1962-64 ... Chose Columbia over Brown, NYU and Emory ... Enrolled at Columbia College ... Intends to major in biochemistry with future plans of becoming a doctor, specializing in infectious diseases.