It's a rare 17-year-old who has the maturity to juggle the schedule that Casey Millhof does.
What cheerleader would choose craft night for her church after the Homecoming game (where she was on the court) instead of going to the dance the rest of the high school is attending?
She wakes up at 5:30 a.m. and hits her snooze button "five" times because it helps her feel like she "got more sleep."
By 7:15 a.m. on Wednesdays she is at one of two middle schools as a representative for WyldLife, a Christian student organization aimed at reaching middle school kids.
Next she drives her Chevy Malibu to Henderson County High School (where she has a 4.0 average) and takes two AP courses plus "Student Bank" where she is the co-president. She has a co-op class where she is a paid assistant for two to three hours a day and then heads to cheerleading practice. If she doesn't have cheerleading, she hits the gymnastics floor and completes a tumbling routine including: eight back flips and three tumbling passes.
She eats a quick tuna sandwich at Subway, and because her shift at Sonic that evening was cancelled, she takes in the regional boys soccer game with friends. After that she attends the First Assembly of God Youth Group meeting.
To close her day around 10 p.m. she receives a Bible passage text from her WyldLife coordinator. She reads and studies it, writes about it in her journal and then prays before falling asleep to start it all again the next day.
Jessica Grace, Casey's Financial Services teacher, describes Casey as a "natural leader who lives her life as an example of her faith."
Tony Rutledge, her cheerleading coach, says, "Casey is exactly what every coach wants. She gives 110 percent every day."