UHV graduate leaves mark in Victoria

May 10, 2012 at 12:10 a.m.
Updated May 11, 2012 at 12:11 a.m.

For the past three years, she's been a star on the softball field, a mentor for freshmen and an all-around staple on campus at the University of Houston-Victoria.

But her tenure at UHV will be over on Saturday when Bre'Neka O'Bryant graduates.

Best known as "Shorty" to anyone and everyone, the senior has left a mark on UHV and Victoria much more colossal than her 5-foot frame.

"She's just the kind of player a coach would wish for. She's positive, she's a hard worker, she's smart, she's dedicated. She's all the things you look for when you talk about somebody who represents her team," said Lindsey Ferguson, assistant coach of the Jaguar softball team.

While the softball field and classroom would be enough to occupy the time of any college athlete, O'Bryant also dedicated herself to working with the Student Senate, with freshmen in Student Solutions and volunteering to tutor kids in elementary schools each week.

"It's pretty much about having a planner, keeping everything down and making sure I have the check marks by them at the end of the week," O'Bryant said. "I kind of have it down now in my third year. It's pretty much smooth."

O'Bryant came to UHV during its first wave of underclassmen in 2009. She said the small classes and small community attracted her to UHV from her hometown of Huntsville.

"Everybody here's nice. If you see somebody in the store, they'll wave at you. That's pretty much what I love about Victoria," O'Bryant said.

The psychology major plans to be a social worker. She also plans to move back to Huntsville.

The memory she'll cherish the most, she said, came less than a week before her time at UHV was up. On Tuesday, the softball team learned they had qualified for nationals.

So, O'Bryant and her team were back on the field Wednesday, juggling finals and capping off the end of their season. While her teammates poured into the dugout, O'Bryant said she'll miss her team and the friendships she's made during her stint at UHV.

"The people I've met here, they've each helped me grow in their own way," she said. "I'm definitely going to try to keep in touch."



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