NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF)- Fourteen-year-old Shakelya Wideman describes herself as: "Funny, joyful, athletic and sometimes weird, but also quiet."
"Some people don't get me, but I don't care," said the 8th grader, who plays on the Chief's Girls basketball team. Shakelya gets mostly straight A's but admits she has her weaknesses in the classroom. "Social Studies is very hard," she said. "There's a lot to remember."
But she also knows her academic strengths. "I like to go to Math because I have fun in Math," she said.
In fact, it was Shakelya's math teacher, Ms. Fry's who nominated her for WMBF's Student Spotlight and Frye told us about a difficult time the young girl is currently going through. Shakelya's father passed away this past holiday season.
"It was hard for me to hide it, but sometimes I still do it; I come to school and act like nothing is wrong but when I go home I have to let it out," she said.
It's a battle Shakelya pushes through while on the court. She plays all the positions, but prefers point guard. This season the North Myrtle Beach girls team is six and one with four games left to go. Shakelya recalls her greatest moment back in 7th grade.
"My first game I scored one three-shot and it was a game-changer because we won that game," she recalled. Now when she plays she makes the shots and remembers her dad. "When I'm on the court, I think about him telling me to try hard, keep going, you know you can do it," she said.