(POTOSI, Mo.) – It has already been an eventful October for Michelle Whitaker of the Potosi Trojans girls tennis team. The sophomore was named the Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy “Play It Forward” Athlete of the Week after winning individual conference and district singles tournament championships. Now, she will be heading to the state tournament in Springfield following a 6-0, 6-0 victory in the sectionals on Wednesday. Whitaker said making the state tournament is an incredible feeling.

Despite only playing tennis for a few years, Whitaker said it has quickly become her favorite sport.

Whitaker said following this season, she wants to set the bar high for her next two years.

As the Athlete of the Week, Whitaker chose to send a $25 donation from Parkland Health Mart Pharmacy to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry in Potosi. Whitaker will compete in the Class 1 state singles tournament in Springfield starting Friday, Oct. 25.