Busco Volleyball Player Up For Ultimate Athlete Award

By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

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Stacia Fester, 14, of Churubusco.


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December 17, 2013 Updated Dec 18, 2013 at 12:19 PM EDT

CHURUBUSCO, Ind. (21Alive) - A Churubusco freshman student-athlete is up for a national athletic award.

Stacia Fester, 14, is a finalist for USA Today High School Sports Ultimate Athlete for overcoming the odds after being diagnosed with scoliosis that jeopardized her athletics career.

A year and a half ago, Stacia was diagnosed with a thoracic scoliosis curve, and that she needed a fusion from the T4 to L2 vertebrae.

Doctors originally told Stacia, who plays volleyball, basketball and runs track, that she would miss an entire school year of athletics.

Stacia continued to go to practice, though she could not participate.

By the end of August, Stacia was cleared by doctors to practice standing serves, setting and passing.

She would eventually play in her first volleyball game on Sept. 9.

Stacia's mother, Jodi Fester, nominated her daughter; and Stacia advanced to the finals against seven other high school athletes from around the United States.

Stacia can be voted as Ultimate Athlete here. The deadline to vote is Sun., Dec. 22.

The winner will be featured in a USA Today arcticle, receive $100 in Asics apparel, win warmups for the team. USA Today and Asics will also donate $1,000 to the winner's school athletic department.

Finalists receive $50 worth of Asics apparel.

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