Arizona community – K7BUC Wed, 25 May 2022 07:35:10 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Arizona community – K7BUC 32 32 Zacks: Analysts expect New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE:NYCB) to post quarterly sales of $355.07 million Wed, 25 May 2022 07:35:10 +0000

Analysts expect New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE:NYCB – Get Rating) to report $355.07 million in sales for the current quarter, according to Zacks Investment Research. Five analysts provided earnings estimates for New York Community Bancorp, with the highest sales estimate at $361.54 million and the lowest estimate at $345.20 million. New York Community Bancorp reported sales of $347.00 million in the same quarter last year, indicating a positive year-over-year growth rate of 2.3%. The company is due to announce its next earnings report on Monday, January 1.

On average, analysts expect New York Community Bancorp to report annual sales of $1.43 billion for the current fiscal year, with estimates ranging from $1.41 billion to $1.46 billion. For next year, analysts expect the company to post sales of $1.44 billion. Zacks Investment Research’s sales calculations are an average based on a survey of sell-side research firms that cover New York Community Bancorp.

New York Community Bancorp (NYSE:NYCB – Get Rating) last released quarterly earnings data on Wednesday, April 27. The financial services provider reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.32 for the quarter, beating analysts’ consensus estimate of $0.31 by $0.01. The company posted revenue of $346.00 million for the quarter, versus a consensus estimate of $347.81 million. New York Community Bancorp had a net margin of 34.51% and a return on equity of 9.80%. The company’s revenue for the quarter increased by 4.2% compared to the same quarter last year. During the same period of the previous year, the company achieved EPS of $0.29.

A number of stock analysts have weighed in on NYCB shares recently. began covering New York Community Bancorp shares in a report on Thursday, March 31. They issued a “holding” rating on the stock. TheStreet downgraded shares of New York Community Bancorp from a “b” rating to a “c+” rating in a Thursday, May 5 report. B. Riley cut his price target on New York Community Bancorp stock from $19.00 to $16.00 in a Tuesday, April 12 report. Finally, Stephens downgraded shares of New York Community Bancorp from a “weighted” rating to an “underweight” rating and reduced his price target for the stock from $12.00 to $9.00 in a report for Tuesday 3 May. One analyst rated the stock with a sell rating and three gave the company a hold rating. Based on data from MarketBeat, the company currently has a consensus rating of “Hold” and an average price target of $12.62.

Institutional investors have recently changed their positions in the stock. FMR LLC increased its position in New York Community Bancorp shares by 40.1% during the first quarter. FMR LLC now owns 31,397 shares of the financial services provider valued at $363,000 after purchasing an additional 8,981 shares during the period. US Bancorp DE increased its position in New York Community Bancorp shares by 37.2% during the third quarter. US Bancorp DE now owns 57,099 shares of the financial services provider valued at $735,000 after purchasing an additional 15,475 shares during the period. American Century Companies Inc. increased its position in New York Community Bancorp shares by 47.6% during the third quarter. American Century Companies Inc. now owns 100,799 shares of the financial services provider valued at $1,297,000 after purchasing an additional 32,526 shares during the period. Mercer Global Advisors Inc. ADV increased its position in New York Community Bancorp shares by 25.4% during the third quarter. Mercer Global Advisors Inc. ADV now owns 123,555 shares of the financial services provider valued at $1,590,000 after purchasing an additional 25,050 shares during the period. Finally, CI Investments Inc. increased its position in New York Community Bancorp shares by 9.0% during the third quarter. CI Investments Inc. now owns 19,810 shares of the financial services provider valued at $255,000 after purchasing an additional 1,634 shares during the period. Institutional investors and hedge funds hold 61.01% of the company’s shares.

NYCB opened at $9.70 on Wednesday. The company’s fifty-day moving average price is $10.06 and its two-hundred-day moving average price is $11.35. The company has a debt ratio of 2.39, a current ratio of 1.30 and a quick ratio of 1.30. The company has a market capitalization of $4.53 billion, a price/earnings ratio of 8.02, a P/E/G ratio of 0.73 and a beta of 0.96. New York Community Bancorp has a 1-year minimum of $8.73 and a 1-year maximum of $14.33.

The company also recently disclosed a quarterly dividend, which was paid on Thursday, May 19. Investors of record on Monday, May 9 received a dividend of $0.17. This represents a dividend of $0.68 on an annualized basis and a yield of 7.01%. The ex-dividend date was Friday, May 6. New York Community Bancorp’s dividend payout ratio is currently 56.20%.

About New York Community Bancorp (Get a rating)

New York Community Bancorp, Inc operates as a banking holding company for New York Community Bank which provides banking products and services in the New York metropolitan area, New Jersey, Ohio, Florida and Arizona. The Company accepts various deposit products, such as interest-bearing checks and money market accounts, savings accounts, non-interest-bearing accounts and individual retirement accounts, as well as certificates of deposit.

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HICKSVILLENY , May 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Board of Directors of New York Community Bancorp, Inc. (NYSE: NYCB) (the “Company”) has announced the declaration of a quarterly cash dividend on its fixed rate non-cumulative perpetual preferred stock floating rate, series A (NYSE: NYCB PA) at the rate of $15.94 per preferred share, which is equivalent to $0.3984 for each depository share. Each Depositary Share represents a 1/40th interest in a Series A Preferred Share.

The dividend will be payable on June 17, 2022 to shareholders registered in June 7, 2022.

About New York Community Bancorp, Inc.

Situated at Hicksville, NYNew York Community Bancorp, Inc. is a leading provider of multifamily loans on rent-regulated non-luxury apartment buildings in New York City, and the parent company of New York Community Bank. To March 31, 2022the Company declared assets of $61.0 billionloans from $46.8 billion, deposits of $38.0 billionand equity of $60.9 billion.

Reflecting our growth through a series of acquisitions, the company operates 237 branches across eight local divisions, each with a history of service and strength: Queens County Savings Bank, Roslyn Savings Bank, Richmond County Savings Bank, Roosevelt Savings Bank and Atlantic Bank in New York; Garden State Community Bank in New Jersey; Ohio Savings Bank at Ohio; and AmTrust Bank at Florida and Arizona.

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Distant golfers share their generosity with a welcoming community | News Sun Sat, 21 May 2022 04:00:00 +0000

KENDALLVILLE – It never hurts to be nice.

Because the city of Kendallville and Great Indiana Golf, based at the Cobblestone Golf Course, rolled out the welcome mat in 2007, a group of golfers from all over the United States and around the world return each year to play the Kendallville Open.

While here, they eat at local restaurants, stay in local accommodations, and shop locally. They also make financial contributions to a community where they do not live.

On Friday morning, the group of 36 players gathered under cloudy skies in Cobblestone for their 15th annual tournament, hosted by Pete Levine of San Diego, one of the original four founders. Fellow founder Brendan Yoshimoto donated $2,000 to East Noble High School athletic director Nick David for uniforms, cart fees, bags, golf balls and other gear for the Knight Golf Program.

Kendallville City Council member and avid golfer Jim Dazey had the honor of hitting the ceremonial first tee shot before the foursomes took off in their golf carts. Dazey welcomed the guests and gave a humorous speech, written by the tournament founders.

Levine said the tournament was on hiatus during the pandemic, but this year’s return has drawn players from Chicago, California, Arizona, Denver, Atlanta, Washington, DC, Ohio and other parts of the Midwest. The player who has traveled the farthest is from Bermuda.

The 2022 Kendallville Open took place in Cobblestone on Friday and will move to the Glendarin Hills Golf Club in Angola on Saturday. Cobblestone hosts the tournament annually on Fridays, and the tournament rotates between Great Indiana’s other golf courses on Saturdays.

In a Zoom interview in April, the four founders, Levine, Yoshimoto, Mike Robinson and Michael Cahill chose Kendallville to play golf. Levine was the last to join the group.

“I didn’t know the Midwest,” Yoshimoto said. “A friend googled golf packages in Indiana and Great Indiana Golf.”

Cahill knew Great Indiana Golf. His aunt, Brenda Rummell, is a golfer and lives in Kendallville.

Others couldn’t believe how affordable golf is in Kendallville. Rummell vouched for the quality of the courses and the prices.

“The city has always welcomed us, Kathy Dues at the golf course, the Best Western and Applebee’s,” Levine said.

The Kendallville Open, or TKO, has evolved to expand the field of players, none of whom are from Kendallville, and added a tournament flag, championship cup, Bixler Blazer and dinner of champions at Applebee’s. The restaurant has a framed photograph of the band in its dining room.

Gamers grew to love the Kendallville community and decided in 2012 it was time to give something back. The founders contacted Mayor Suzanne Handshoe and made a donation to her Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council. Donations for the next two years went to the East Noble Golf Program.

Then cancer struck, both for Handshoe and one of the founders. The tournament turned its generosity to Northeast Indiana Cancer Services. To date, donations from TKO Cares have totaled nearly $7,000.

Dazey said the value of the Kendallville Open to the community is immeasurable,

“I love having them in Kendallville,” he said of the players. “They are fun and love to have fun. Stay and play packages do wonderful things.

In fact, Great Indiana Golf boosts the local economy by more than half a million dollars a year. Coordinator Kathy Dues said this year 3,000 golfers will generate $700,000 in business.

Craven Community College will host a chamber music concert Thu, 19 May 2022 14:47:43 +0000

NEW BERN, NC – Craven Community College will host a chamber music concert on May 26 at 7 p.m. in the Orringer Auditorium on the New Bern campus.

Music will be performed by Craven CC staff accompanist and pianist Shauna Bierly, along with vocalist Megan Massey, pianist Jared Alan Yoakem, violist Matthew Tucci and cellist Kimberly Zimmerman.

The concert will feature famous works by composers such as Dvořák, Schumann, Debussy, Glinka, Brahms and Bridge. The concert is free and open to the public and will include a short intermission.

For more information on the event, visit the Craven CC website.

About the musicians

Shauna Bierly

Bierly is a classical pianist from North Carolina and started playing the piano at the age of seven. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Duke University, as well as a Masters and Professional Artist Certificate in Piano Performance from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. . She is trained in Russian piano pedagogy and learned Russian technique and art from Dr. Dmitri Shteinberg. In his role at Craven CC, Bierly accompanies singers in class voice and private voice. She also wears the hats of solo performer, piano teacher, church music director, composer and singer. Passionate about higher education, she has taught piano at the university level and was recently recognized by the College Board as an AP Music Theory instructor. She will pursue her doctorate in piano performance and pedagogy at Arizona State University through scholarship and teaching awards.

Megan Latham Massey

Megan Latham Massey hails from Nashville, TN, where she graduated from Belmont University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education and a Master of Music in Vocal Pedagogy. She has performed with the Nashville Symphony, San Diego Symphony and Pacific Lyric Opera Company. Some of her recent roles include Judge Charlier from “Rock of Ages” and Julia Sullivan from “Wedding Singer.” Massey is a voice teacher at Craven and Lenoir Community Colleges. She also runs her own vocal and piano studio in New Bern.

Jared Alan Yoakem

Jared Alan Yoakem is a pianist from Grand Rapids, MI. He recently moved from Nashville, TN, where he was a pianist/rehearsalist at Belmont University and the Montgomery Bell Academy for Boys. He holds a BM from Belmont University under the direction of Elena Bennett (Moscow Conservatory). Jared now resides in Greenville, NC, and is studying an MM at East Carolina University under Kwan Yi (Julliard, Curtis, Peabody) while maintaining an active teaching and performance schedule. In 2019, Yoakem received the DAC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Music from Belmont University. First beginning to study classical music as a singer, he was a semi-finalist in the National Orpheus Vocal Competition in 2018 and 2019 and winner of the 1st Annual Keith B. Moore Inaugural Classical Singers Recital at Belmont University . He has performed as a collaborative pianist for the National Orpheus Competition, ACDA, NATS, and numerous choral projects at Belmont University, including two national broadcasts on PBS.

Matthew Tucci

Originally from South Elgin, Illinois, Matthew Tucci is a classical and contemporary violist and composer. He writes for orchestra and chamber ensembles. He recently completed ‘Connections and Meaning’ for orchestra and ‘Cavernous Discoveries’ for glockenspiel, vibraphone and string quartet. Tucci holds a bachelor’s degree in music composition and theory from Northern Illinois University, where he studied under Anthony Devoye of the Avalon String Quartet. Matthew is currently an air traffic controller with the Marines.

Kimberly Zimmerman Kimberly Zimmerman began playing the cello as a member of her school’s beginner string orchestra. She earned a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Salem College and a Master of Music from Appalachian State University in cello. She returned to the classroom and taught orchestra at Swansboro Middle School for 11 years, where she is also an advisor for an honorary string quartet and the school’s chapter of the Tri-M Music Honor Society. His students have received top grades in arbitration, as well as placement and leadership opportunities in county and regional level orchestras. She is a member of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and performs as often as possible with other groups and individuals. She loves going on trips (and driving the bus!), baking cookies and traveling.

Zoo Miami welcomes boyfriend for ‘Bella’ Tue, 17 May 2022 11:00:18 +0000
Bella and Jiwa meet.

On June 30, 2018, “Bella”, then a 5-year-old Bornean orangutan, made her public debut at Zoo Miami with her mother, “Kumang”, after arriving from Seneca Park Zoo in New York.

The two were crowd favorites until Kumang’s sad death in September last year following complications from veterinary surgery.

Since Kumang’s death, Bella has adjusted to independence, but the plan for her has always been to pair her with a mate with the eventual goal of having her contribute to the carefully managed population of orangutans on the way. of disappearance under human care. This population is managed by a Species Survival Plan (SSP) in conjunction with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

There are nearly 500 SSPs run by the AZA that focus on rare, threatened, and endangered species with the goal of maintaining a genetically diverse population in human care for long-term sustainability. In very simple terms, it serves as a “computer dating service” to match animals that are genetically best suited to produce the healthiest offspring. Each SSP is led by an Expert Advisor who directs these matches.

It turns out that the Orangutan SSP recommended that the now 9-year-old Bella be paired with a 7-year-old male named “Jiwa”, who is from the Phoenix Zoo in Arizona. Recently, after careful planning, Jiwa was placed on a special FedEx flight accompanied by a member of staff from Zoo Phoenix and Zoo Miami who arrived at the MIA. The flight went well and upon arrival Jiwa was transferred to Zoo Miami where he was brought to orangutan country and was to remain in quarantine for approximately 30 days to ensure he is free. pests or diseases that he might have contracted in transit. of Phoenix.

Once he leaves his 40s, the very careful process of introducing him to Bella will begin to take place. Although their genetics indicate that they are well suited for each other biologically, there is no guarantee that they will like each other and become a successful couple.

A lot will depend on the introduction process where the animal science team will take all possible steps to slowly and patiently introduce them to each other. The hope is that once Bella sees Jiwa, she will “swipe ight!”

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4 companies soon in Gilbert Sun, 15 May 2022 17:15:00 +0000 L’Mage Salon Studios is preparing its interior for an upcoming opening. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Journal)

Here are four businesses that will soon arrive at Gilbert.

Advance Auto Parts plans to open a store near the northwest corner of Queen Creek and Higley Roads in Gilbert. The national auto parts retailer stocks new and reconditioned auto parts, maintenance items and accessories such as batteries and oil filters for all makes and models. Construction has not started and no opening date has been announced.

Contender eSports Gaming Center plans to open a facility at 888 S. Greenfield Road, Ste. 104, Gilbert, probably in June or July. The center will have 47 PCs, five Xboxes and 12 Nintendos with a variety of games and will host tournaments. 480-818-6197.

The Mage Salon Studios will open a location at 1422 W. Warner Road, Ste. A-102, Gilbert. It offers upscale lounge space for rent from a local company that has 10 locations in the Phoenix area. No opening date has been announced. 602-697-0588.

Texas-based Mutts Canine Cantina will open its first location in Arizona at the SanTan Village Mall, north of Dillard’s in Gilbert, in 2023. It is an off-leash dog park bar and grill with locations in Dallas; Fort Worth; and Allen, Texas; and has planned expansions in the Phoenix and Tucson areas; Denver and three other cities in Texas.

Letter to the Editor: High Country Humane thanks the community | Letters Fri, 13 May 2022 16:45:00 +0000

High Country Humane would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the community for the incredible support of our shelter during the tunnel fire. We don’t know what we could have done without the tireless dedication of our volunteers and the generous donations of all members of the community.

Fort Tuthill County Park was a great staging area for a few of our animals, but we also couldn’t have done it without our amazing foster families. These wonderful people stepped up and collectively welcomed over 150 animals into their homes. Emergencies are stressful, especially for animals. We cannot thank our host families enough for providing a loving and calm place for everyone during this difficult time.

There were also nearly 20 animals in our care that were in our parvo room. Since it’s so contagious, none of them could safely go to foster homes. We would also like to extend our sincere thanks to Canyon Pet Hospital, the Continental Animal Wellness Center, and the Humane Society of Sedona for housing these parvo-infected animals during this time. This has allowed us to continue to provide them with safe medical care, and we are very grateful that they open their doors to us for all of our animals.

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The Coconino Humane Association also did an incredible job of taking in animals that had been evacuated during the fire while we ourselves were evacuated. We were so grateful that they provided space for community pets during this time.

Everyone was also blown away by the support of local businesses for our volunteers. The Tortilla Lady was kind enough to donate a much appreciated lunch to our staff and volunteers at the Fort Tuthill site, and Arizona Route66 RV generously provided us with a warm place to sleep while we took care of our animals.

We are so grateful to everyone who has donated, volunteered, encouraged or reached out in any way. Taking care of all our animals is possible thanks to the wonderful members of this community. From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!

Gilbert narrows search for fire chief to five finalists Wed, 11 May 2022 20:47:00 +0000 The Gilbert Fire & Rescue Department has five finalists for its open chief position. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Journal)

The nationwide search for a new chief for the Gilbert Fire and Rescue Service has been limited to finalists, including a current member of the service, city officials announced May 11.

Gilbert’s Deputy Chief Rob Duggan is one of five finalists, a group that also includes two other Valley Fire Department employees and two from outside Arizona.

The other two local finalists are Assistant Chef Chandler Val Gale and Executive Assistant Chef Phoenix Scott Walker.

The others are Michael Contreras, Orange County, Calif., fire division chief, and Raymond Hill, Fort Worth, Texas, deputy chief.

The selected candidate will replace Jim Jobusch, who is retiring as leader of Gilbert in July after nine years in the role.

According to the city, finalists will undergo a three-day interview process later this month that will include a tour of the Gilbert community and public safety training center, a meeting with city council, members of the fire department, community responders and Gilbert staff.

The meeting with council will include an informal dinner that will be legally noticeable to the public under Arizona’s open meeting law, city spokeswoman Jennifer Harrison said, though details were not forthcoming. been finalized.

The city also released short biographies of each candidate:

Michel Contreras

While working for the Orange County Fire Authority in Irvine, Calif., Contreras held the rank of firefighter, firefighter/paramedic, fire captain, battalion chief, and division chief. Contreras has received the designation of fire chief from the Center for Public Safety Excellence and is part of the IAFC Fire Service Executive Development Institute.

Rob Dugan

Duggan is a 22 year veteran of the Gilbert Fire and Rescue Service and has over 30 years of public safety experience. He served as Deputy Fire Chief with the Gilbert Fire and Rescue Department for the past seven years, where he oversees the community and support divisions. Duggan recently earned a master’s degree in public administration from Park University-Gilbert and his fire officer’s degree from the National Fire Academy.

Val Gale

Gale has served as a firefighter, engineer, captain, battalion commander, and now Deputy Chief of Operations at Chandler. Gale holds an Associate’s degree in Applied Science in Emergency Response and Operations from Chandler Gilbert Community College, a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Arizona State University, and a Masters of Administration with a major in in public management with honors from Northern Arizona University.

Raymond Hill

Hill began his career in the fire department in 1994. While in operations, he rose through the ranks to become an engineer, lieutenant, captain, and battalion chief. He was named Deputy Chief in 2016 and Deputy Chief in 2018. Hill is named Deputy Chief of Education and Logistics Services. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas-El Paso, an associate’s degree in applied science in nursing from Tarrant County College, and a master’s degree in management science from the University of Texas. ‘Amberton.

Scott Walker

Walker is a fire service professional with nearly 29 years of experience in the Phoenix Fire Department. He has worked in all ranks of the department, is a member of Arizona Task Force 1 and a member of the department’s incident management team. He served as Battalion Chief, Division Chief, Deputy Chief, Deputy Chief and Deputy Fire Chief. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in public safety and emergency management from Grand Canyon University, an associate’s degree in fire service, and completed the executive leadership program at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, in California.

Marin Aldersly County Retirement Community Selects New Executive Director Tue, 10 May 2022 00:37:31 +0000

Shannon Brown, who last worked as the executive director of an Arizona retirement community business, has been hired as executive director of Aldersly, a San Rafael-based nonprofit.

Aldersly officials said his arrival last month was timed with the organization’s multi-phase expansion plan, which includes opening the new Rosenborg Memory Care Center, improving independent living apartments, the expansion of assisted living units and the modernization and improvement of living spaces. , parking, amenities and services including Kronborg Health Center

Since 2017, Brown has served as executive director of Sierra Winds, a Peoria, Arizona facility operated by the nonprofit Life Plan Community. In this role, Brown managed the day-to-day financial operations of the community, oversaw 240 independent living apartments and 70 skilled nursing beds, provided positive leadership to a team of over 190 employees, and ensured the smooth running of the community.

Prior to Sierra Winds, she served as Regional Director of Operations for Life Care Services, responsible for 10 communities.

Brown holds a master’s degree in health administration from the University of Phoenix, a bachelor’s degree in health administration from American Intercontinental University, and an associate’s degree in nursing from the University of South Dakota. .

Aldersly Chairman Peter Schakow said: “It was immediately apparent to the Board that Shannon’s inspiring leadership style, combined with his strong business acumen and proven track record in expanding assisted living and memory care, from the cutting edge to welcoming people into their homes, made her the perfect fit for Aldersly.

Aldersly was originally established by Danish immigrants in 1921 as a non-profit retreat center, the organization said.

Football star Diné lands scholarship with Pratt Community College Sun, 08 May 2022 02:41:37 +0000


Aalicia Arizona Mitchell has signed her letter of intent to play women’s soccer at Pratt Community College in Pratt, Kansas.

She will be the first in her family to go to college on an athletic scholarship. According to the college, she will be the first full-blooded Navajo to sign at the collegiate level for football in Oklahoma.

“It feels really good,” said Mitchell, who is Nát’oh Dine’é Táchii’nii and born for Áshįįhí.

“I’ve been playing soccer for 14 years and I always thought about playing soccer at a higher level and now I can,” she said.

Originally born in Tolani Lake, Arizona, Mitchell grew up in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Despite the distance, she remained close to her family and the Navajo culture, her grandparents prayed for her in the Navajo tradition.

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Aalicia Arizona Mitchell loves football. She hopes signing to play college football will bring her closer to professional practice while becoming a sports coach in the process.

His legal parents are Kat Mitchell and Lance Williams of Birdsprings, Arizona.

His grandparents are Katherine Mitchell and the late Norman Yazzie of Tolani Lake. His paternal grandparents are Nellie Monroe and Howard Yellowhair of Tolani Lake as well as Mary Jane and Kee Woody Belone. Her nalis are Julie and Robert Williams from Birdsprings.

Mitchell’s friends at school called her by her middle name, which caused her to be locally nicknamed “Arizona”.

The first time Mitchell got into football was when she was in elementary school. She and a friend, Lauren, started kicking the ball at each other and when the boys started saying the girls couldn’t beat them at football, they were wrong when she and Lauren passed them. From there, they started playing for schools and clubs, sometimes playing against three clubs at once and facing a variety of opponents ranging from little kids to 19-year-olds. Playing against such opponents is what she says helped prepare her for high school.

From there, football became his passion. She dreams of turning professional like her icon Alex Morgan. Watching Morgan play, mixed with his own motivation, inspired Mitchell to play his hardest.

“Football is really like family or chemistry,” Mitchell said. “Especially on and off the pitch, whenever I play I basically play with a whole family and it gets better the more you play together, when you win more games and score more goals.”

Football taught her the importance of good sportsmanship, keeping track of her grades, being a good leader and much more about herself.

She believes her greatest strength is her footwork and vision on the court, being very technical and tactical on the court.

When she arrived at Ardmore High, she threw herself into her studies so she could continue acting. She usually played centre, midfield or right wing for the team. The women’s soccer program had just started at school, often Mitchell would practice with the more experienced boys’ team to maintain her skills as the girls’ team gained a foothold.

She would earn achievements in and out of academic groups like the National Honors Society, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and the Next College Student Athlete Network.

The last two years, however, have been difficult with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Schools were briefly closed and Mitchell said it was difficult to study chemistry and calculus from home, but she was able to persevere and maintain her grades.

Gyms and soccer fields have been closed, but Mitchell is using home equipment to stay in shape and has maintained his skills by teaching his little brother how to play.

When the school reopened last year, Mitchell was ready to go, but the team was uncoordinated and they had to relearn how to work together.

However, these setbacks did not prevent them from qualifying for the state, making school history. She also earned an all-district honorable mention in her freshman year, sophomore year, and freshman year.

Rewards for this season have not been announced.

In his senior year, the team lost its chance to advance to the playoffs by one point, but with his purse, Mitchell will be able to continue playing.

She plans to study pre-physical therapy and sports training.

Although she is nervous to be on her own, hours away from home, she is excited to begin the next stage of her journey in both education and football. She has already met the coach and the football team and thinks they will work well together.

“I would like to thank my whole family,” Mitchell said. “Especially my mom and my grandparents, my sister and my brother, for believing in me and pushing me to this next level and getting me where I need to be, bringing me the things I I need for football. It really meant a lot.