Bennington’s Payten Debold: Community Athlete of the Month – Presented by Jean Curry – Shelter Insurance

Very few student-athletes devote themselves to becoming a great student-athlete like Bennington High School sophomore Payten Debold. The basketball, softball, cheer and dance athlete is currently working with No Limits Training Program for basketball. Rashun Allen, her personal trainer at No Limits Training said, “Payten is by far one of the hardest workers we’ve had the privilege to train. She shows up every day with a positive attitude and the desire to get better. She’s a great person on and off the court, and any coach would be lucky to work with her.”
She is also involved in other activities such as SAFE and Mentor Magic. You would be hard pressed to find a better teammate.
“I love my teammates. We always push each other to be our best and we have fun. Our upperclassmen are great leaders on and off the court. Last year in basketball our team made school history and made it to the state tournament. Getting to experience that with these players I have looked up to as a freshman was special. Our team saying was ‘Shine Together’,” said Debold.
Academics are always the focus for her, and college is certainly in her future.
“Growing up I always knew I wanted to go to college to play a sport. I know I have to work hard and push myself to make that happen. My parents have always said it’s what you do in the off season that makes a difference. So, I have always played dual sports and stayed active. Last year’s state experience has pushed me even harder this off season, to hopefully get back to the state tournament,” said Debold.