It’s already been quite a year for Maui Prep sophomore Sophia Johnston. This past fall, Johnston ran her way to an MIL Championship in cross-country, the school’s first ever gold medal in the sport. She followed that up a few weeks later with 14th place finish at the HHSAA State Championships on Oahu leading her fellow Pueo to a second place finish in the Division II Team standings. For her accomplishments in the fall, Johnston was recently named to the MIL All-Star Team, her second time receiving the honor. More recently, Johnston was a part of the gold medal winning 400-yd. medley relay team at the MIL Swimming Championships.
Johnston, a rare 4-sort athlete, was also recently featured in the weekly Maui News Sports Spotlight. On the lessons Johnston has learned from being a student-athlete, she says, “Being an athlete has taught me how to be a leader and how to be competitive as well as humble. Being an athlete, I have learned that the sky is the limit and that if I put my mind to it, I can achieve anything. But most importantly, it has taught me that friendship and teamwork play the most powerful role in being an athlete.” Recipients of this honor are recognized by their school as being all-around student-athletes. Johnston will be continuing her athletic pursuits this spring in both track and field and surfing and is working hard to maintain her 3.93 GPA. A brief read of her profile will surely convince you how hard Johnston works in both her academic and athletic endeavors. Maui Prep thanks both the Maui News and Alexander & Baldwin for their ongoing support of the Sports Spotlight program.