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Athlete of the Week
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Liz Stillerman is not your typical teenager, but that's exactly what makes her unique and special. In fact, it's the reasoning behind this feature that it makes it so appeasing.

Stillerman, a junior representing Eastside High School, is currently involved with more extracurricular activities than perhaps any other student her age in Newton County. And all this comes while maintaining straight A's in the classroom.

More recently, the honor roll student danced one of the lead roles as the Sugar Plum Fairy during the Arts Association's production of The Nutcracker.

Based on her graceful performance by way of exquisite form, Stillerman has been selected as the Chick-fil-A Prep Athlete of the Week.

"It went well," admitted Stillerman regarding her act. "It was a hard week, but I think things went well. There was a great turnout, and it was either sold out or (came) really, really close."

According to Stillerman, the most difficult part of the performance was learning to trust her dancing partner and work together to master the moves on the floor. But it wasn't until October when she started rehearsing.

Ballet is a unique dance form taught in schools under specific methods and guidelines - one doesn't just pick it up as a hobby. That being said, Stillerman has perfected the art by way of extreme dedication and graceful, flowing movements on the stage floor.

In the past, Stillerman danced the lead role of Snow White in the ballet Snow White. Before that she played Rosie in the production Bye Bye Birdie.

In addition to being a member of the Covington Regional Ballet, Stillerman also dances five days a week at Mainstream Dance under the direction of Jaime Robtison.

She has already been to several intensives, including the South Carolina Summer Dance Conservatory, North Carolina Dance Theatre and, most recently, the Governor's Honors Program in Valdosta.

Along with her fancy footwork, Stillerman sings in the Eastside Show Choir and resides on the prom committee. She is a member of the Oxford Youth Singers, and also serves as a youth elder at the First Presbyterian Church in Covington.

When asked why she enjoys staying so busy, Stillerman quickly answered, "I like to stay busy. I get bored really easily."

It's hard to imagine her squeezing anything else in, that is until auditions for upcoming productions begin next month. And no doubt, Stillerman will be the first one at the door to sign up.