El Reno’s Janet Sanchez – Character Counts Presented by Eskridge Honda

By Corey Heim

Janet Sanchez, a senior at El Reno High School, has made her mark competing for the Indians on both the girls’ soccer team and as a powerlifter.

She competes as a center back on defense in soccer and has played for three years of her high school career. She never played the sport until her freshman year, and other than taking a break from the sport as a sophomore, she couldn’t be more passionate about soccer.

“I always wanted to play soccer as a child but I never did,” Sanchez said. “My freshman year I joined with all my friends for the fun of it, and absolutely loved it.”

She also began powerlifting this past year, saying it was an incredible new experience that forced her out of her comfort zone.

Beyond athletics, Sanchez is active in her school community through the group Athletes and Friends. With the group she spends time with Special Education students at her school every Friday, creating friendships with her peers. She believes this club benefits her school community and helps it thrive.

“What I love most about my community is how close we are to each other and we all really know each other,” Sanchez said.

Sanchez has also placed a high priority on her academics in order to be a successful student at El Reno and she currently holds a 3.7 GPA.

After graduating this May, Sanchez is planning on attending Redlands Community College to complete her Gen-Ed’s before applying to nursing school.