Carolina Forest student diagnosed with scoliosis jumps back into sports

Carolina Forest student diagnosed with scoliosis jumps back into sports

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A sophomore at Carolina Forest High School is at the top of her game, with hopes to graduate early and achieve great things in volleyball and track.

Her name is Shelbi Ankiewicz and with a 3.8 grade point average, she's making strides at Carolina Forest High School. The bright student said she's doubling up on her classes, like English and other electives, to graduate early and get a jump start on her future.

"I want to major in journalism and I want to minor in photography. I hope to be part of a magazine corporation so I can travel and take pictures," said the energetic 15-year-old.

Ankiewicz said she has dreams of capturing a world outside of hers.

"It's just seeing new things and seeing how other people live and their different traditions other than ours here in America," she said. "I think it's really cool."

Ankiewicz added she was just recently entrusted by a teacher to be president of one of the school's newest clubs, the Ping Pong Club.

"I manage everything, keep up with the money, the fees, and make sure everything runs smoothly," Ankiewicz said.

The student said one thing most people don't know about her is that she has a huge interest in vintage things. Yes, she's 15 years old that actually knows what a cassette tape player and VHS tape look like.

"I don't know, it's just that is so different then and now and how it developed with the technology, like the typewriter and now the computer," Ankiewicz said with a smile. "I really like the old things."

As for her athletic career, Ankiewicz has a lot of skills, including earning high recognition in the high jump. Then, she hit a setback.

"We discovered it one day. I was just walking around with a bathing suit top on and my spine was curved," Ankiewicz said.

The teen was diagnosed with scoliosis when it was discovered she had a 42-degree curve in her spine.

"I had to get a brace and I wore it for about a year, but it didn't work very well and it actually progressed to a 62-degree curve," Ankiewicz said. "So eventually I had to get surgery and I was off sports for two years."

The surgery would take her out of the high jump but she landed into another sport - volleyball.

"I play the middle hitter for the JV team, and also did the Myrtle Beach Volleyball Club," Ankiewicz said. "There's like regionals and nationals,and you get to travel to different places and play volleyball and compete."

Ankiewicz said after her surgery, her health has been fine and she's thankful there were not any complications.

So this Thanksgiving, the young lady said she has a lot to be thankful for.

"I am very thankful for my parents, and for the transportation and the encouragement that they give me to do the extracurricular activities, and my friends for encouraging me and supporting me all the way," Ankiewicz said.

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