Dynamic Daniella: Standout athlete impresses outside the ring

2015-05-19DaniellaMurchison1LORESBy DINA ARÉVALO

Port Isabel-South Padre Press

Three-peater. Record setter. Medal winner.

Those are words that can be used to very accurately describe Port Isabel High School senior Daniella Murchison, who became the first Valley athlete to win gold three times in a single event at state level competition. Her parents Ron and Ivy Murchison, however, would use different words.

Ron, who stood by quietly while Daniella stood for photos with the PRESS, smiled with a subtle glow when he spoke of his eldest daughter. “She’s like the perfect daughter,” he said. Mom, Ivy, agreed. “We’re extremely proud of her. She’s just amazing. Whatever she focuses on she gives 110 percent,” she said.

While most people think of shot put and discus when they hear Daniella’s name, what’s less well-known is how successful a student the student-athlete is, too. She is ranked 13th in the class of 2015, has completed 35 college credit hours via dual-enrollment courses, has served as treasurer of the National Honor Society and also does volunteer work promoting literacy. And those are just some of the clubs and extracurricular activities she is a part of.

She has accomplished all that while still spending at least two hours every day training both with the Port Isabel High School coaching staff, as well as personal trainers. The hard work in and out of the ring has paid off. Daniella is set to begin classes at Southern Methodist University in the fall with the help of an athletic scholarship to compete in shot put, discus and hammer throw.

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