We Are APS: Jaime Witherspoon

Hailed the “Diamond Diva” by her coaches and teammates, 18-year-old Jaime Witherspoon is the first girl to play varsity baseball at B.E. Mays High School.

“It is a great honor to be the first girl to play Varsity Baseball at Mays,” she said. “After playing four years of softball, I asked the baseball coaches and they convinced me to try-out for the team. Once on the baseball field, it just felt natural. My coaches and teammates (brothers) are really supportive, helping me with all aspects of the game. I really love my new nickname of ‘The Diamond Diva.’”

A natural leader, Jaime served as softball captain. As a 4-year starter, she played third base, first base and catcher on the softball diamond. Throughout her softball career at Mays, she made many outstanding defensive plays, hitting her way to a .375 batting average as a senior.
On the baseball diamond, Jaime plays second base and outfield. During a recent game against Tri-Cities, she reached base and scored her first run as a baseball player.

Jaime also serves as a football trainer and holds memberships in The Poetry Club, Drama Club, Homeless Pet Club and the Mays Choral Ensemble.

She says her family is the motivation for her success.

“I have always had tremendous family support,” said Jaime. “My uncle Javier Witherspoon (Mays Class of ’93), who played collegiate baseball at Southern University, is my main motivation. He pushes me to be my best on and off the field. I feel my success can be attributed to working out, athletic prowess and commitment to be competitive – whether in life, the classroom or on the field.”

The Diamond Diva has received a partial softball scholarship to attend Alabama A&M University, but her dream school is Florida A&M University (FAMU), where she hopes to major in biology on her path to becoming a pediatrician. But first she will cross the stage as an APS high school graduate.

“Growing up in Southwest Atlanta, it is an esteemed honor to become a graduate of B.E. Mays High School with the Class of 2019,” she said. “My matriculation at Mays High School and APS has prepared me to enter the real world and accept all challenges that I may encounter in all my future endeavors.”

Career GoalPediatrician
Intended Major Biology
Awards/ RecognitionPartial Softball Scholarship (Alabama A& M University), 2018: Top Hitter (Softball), 2017: Gold Glove (Softball); Football Trainer, Poetry Club member, Drama Club member, Cheerleader, Homeless Club member, Mays Choral Ensemble member, B.E. Mays Academy of Science and Mathematics member

Atlanta Public Schools will host high school commencement exercises Saturday, May 18 – Friday, May 24, 2019. All ceremonies — except Atlanta Classical Academy and Charles R. Drew Charter School — will be held at Georgia Institute of Technology, McCamish Pavilion,965 Fowler Street, NW, Atlanta, GA 30318. For more information on commencement exercises, go to http://www.atlantapublicschools.us/gradnation.

We Are APS highlights APS visionaries (parents, students, teachers, principals, support staff, community members, partners, etc.), who exemplify our vision of a high-performing school district where students love to learn, educators inspire, families engage, and the community trusts the system. To recommend an APS visionary for a We Are APS feature, contact your communications liaison or email apscommunicationsoffice@gmail.com.

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