During football games, most of Liberty High School’s student body sits in the cold bleachers of the student section, staying warm by yelling and jumping up and down.
But Jessica Trotter is down on the sidelines scraping mud out of the athletes’ cleats and cutting up oranges for them to eat at halftime.
“A lot of people say ‘What girl wants to spend her time with 40 guys?’ ” Trotter said.
“But I got really close with the guys when we went to subregionals,” traveling from Spangle to Centralia. “It’s a super-long drive and you’re taking naps and making memories and some of the guys would stay cute stuff to me like ‘You’re the best manager ever.’ There’s so much that goes on that not everyone in the crowd will see, and what I did with football was definitely my biggest accomplishment.”
For the past four years, much of Trotter’s free time has been consumed with managing the Liberty High School football team, as well as being the social media correspondent for 700 ESPN. Trotter also loves audio engineering and said that could very well be her future.
“Audio engineering is my main thing,” Trotter said. “I go to concerts all the time and I learned that I love working the boards.”
Although Trotter grew up a “daddy’s girl,” she said her relationship grew with mother, Beth Anne, after her parents divorced.
“I had to grow up a lot and help her, so she’s more of my best friend than my mom,” Trotter said. “I’m closer to her now than ever because she can rely on me. She puts a lot on me but I like knowing I can just go to her whenever.”
With her mother’s guidance and support, Trotter didn’t just find a love for sports and audio, but also photography and mock car crashes.
According to Liberty High football coach Mike Dewey, Trotter’s hardworking and dedicated mentality will lead her to whatever future she wants in whatever field she wants.
“The businesses that I am interested in are very sexist, as in a girl can’t do a guy’s job,” said Trotter, who plans to go to Washington State University. “However, I also heard that if you believe full heartedly and stick to it, you can do anything.”
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