Senior Cheyenne Francis plays both volleyball and softball at Dorsey High School (Amanda Scurlock/L.A. Sentinel)

Senior outside hitter Cheyenne Francis helped the Dorsey volleyball team create a contending season. The Dons had a 10-5 overall record, earning a fourth seed in the division V playoffs.

They upset the top seeded Ivy Academia 3-2 in the semifinals to reach the championship round. Dedication and hard work got Dorsey to that point.

“We all sacrificed a lot for each other, spending our time out of our days to go to practice,” Francis said. “We helped each other as student athletes as well in school with classwork, staying on each other about grades”

Being a senior, Francis took time to mentor JV players as well as her teammates.

“I’m learning new stuff as well and I can use that to help,” she said. “I would go and reach out even if they say they don’t, I’m gonna still help.”

Francis also plays softball, the footwork skills she gains in volleyball helps her compete in softball. Playing two sports helps her continue to stay active.

“I love learning new things and use them for other things,” Francis said. “I get a little taste of different environments, different perspectives from people,”

Francis enjoys her government class because it taught her about understanding the perspectives of others and how politics affects her life.

“We need to open our eyes as young adults,” she said. “I feel like our generation doesn’t really realize what’s going on and how serious this could be.”

Along with competing in sports, Francis was a member of Student Leaders of South L.A., Upward Bound, Mother of Many, Team Heal, and BSU at school. Her involvement in these student groups allowed her to attend March for Our Lives rally in Washington D.C.

Francis also did a student-teacher internship where she taught elementary school students about coding for game design. Francis has been mentored by Mother of Many president Daphne Bradford since her ninth-grade year.

“She helped me become who I am today, learning to respect people,” Francis said. “Also learning new techniques into what I want to do with my career.”