Scholar Athlete of the Year: Monticello's Aliyah Welter

Aliyah Welter hopes to repeat at the IHSA 2A State Pole Vault Champion in 2018.

She’s a three time all-state selection in track and field and a seven-time medalist as well as an 11-time state medalist in club gymnastics.

Monticello's Aliyah welter has had an astounding career both on and off the field and now adds the title of 2017 scholar athlete of the year to her list of accolades

Welter's daily schedule could give the most organized adult headaches. Juggling school work, three sports, and community service into her daily routine.

"it's pretty exciting and kind of helps show all the balance I’ve put in with school, athletics, and faith, and family, and mixing all that together and balancing it all out." said welter.

"you see her doing homework in the car on the ride to practice, trying to fit a meal in and a shower in so she can get to bed at a reasonable hour so you hope all that time and effort that she puts in is worthwhile and hope if she’s successful or not that its rewarding." added her father, cully welter.

A 4.0 student in line to be class valedictorian. Monticello's French and math student of the year will continue her education and athletic career as a pole vaulter at the university of Louisville'

"I’ve basically been involved with athletics my entire life. It’s just kind of helped me in my life as well with time commitments and time management and being given support with family friends and the community"

A community she's given back to through her work with Monticello fighting hunger, local soup kitchens, and volunteering as a gymnastics coach and mentor, the latter of which shows her passion for sports. Beginning gymnastics at age three and picking up pole vaulting in 6th grade, welter plans to study kinesiology and forever keep sports a part of her life.

"I want to coach collegiality, that's my goal after college. I just love being around it and I think coaching would allow me to give my love of the sport to other athletes competing."

"It is very rewarding as a parent to see the hard work and dedication pay off. Certainly, she has goals still to attain."

Notably, her senior track season includes plans to not only break the state pole vault record of 13'5" but to repeat as state champion.