Spotlight: Female athlete of the month

Myla Vnuk


Mike Spiccioli

After graduation, Myla plans on majoring in Secondary Education in Environmental Science, with a Special Education Certification. 

What is your favorite part of playing sports at GNA? 

The support from the team, coaches, and community is something that I love about playing at GNA. No matter if you had a bad game or a great one, someone is always there to lift you up.

Who has been the most influential to your success and why?

My team, of course. Nothing is possible in volleyball without everyone being a part of it. You can’t have a kill without a good pass and assist. 

Why do you think athletics is an important part of high school?

I think at least trying some sort of activity in school is important because it could introduce you to something you love that you never thought you’d even like. If you end up not liking it, that’s okay, you at least gave it a chance and made memories. 

At what age did you start playing sports?

I started playing sports when I was about 5 or 6. I started out playing Newport Biddy Basketball. That’s where my love for all athletics started and I hope more kids will try it out and make memories like I did. I also played softball up until 8th grade. I started volleyball in about 5th grade, nothing major, just went to practice a little. I loved it from then on. 

What sports do you play?

I only play volleyball. I love it so much and wanted to focus on it more. 

What is your favorite sport?

My favorite is volleyball because of the constant action, team support, and the hype you gain from each point. 

Do you plan on playing sports in college?

I would like to. My main focus in college is my education though. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

In 5 years hopefully I will have graduated from college and started my new job. I plan on majoring in Secondary Education in Environmental Science, with a Special Education Certification. 

What motivates you to play this sport?

My friends and family are my biggest supporters. My parents have been coming to every game since I was a little girl and have watched me grow on the court. Having that support gives me confidence and motivation to grow even more. 

What is one word that describes you as an athlete?

I would say passionate. I’m very passionate and motivated to play the game and try to lift up the other players to be confident as well.

What is a mental tool you use under pressure?

I do tend to get nervous a lot on the court, but after a lot of pep talks from my peers, I learn to just relax and play the game. I always tell myself to give 100% and try not to worry about making mistakes.

What’s your advice to anyone who wants to play this sport?

Everyone should try volleyball at least once! It’s a sport filled with team bonding and fun times. The team grows together and we all have each other to lean on. You will learn how to play so easily and after that, all you can do is grow. Our coach also bakes brownies, muffins, and Rice Krispies every game, so that’s always a plus.