On Wednesday, May 9, she signed an academic scholarship and committed to play volleyball with Huntingdon College.
“I was excited, because I have friends there now and they are going there next year,” Gauker said. “Huntingdon was my first choice, because I am Methodist and the professor to student ratio is really small. They offered me a lot of opportunities that I wouldn’t get at other bigger schools.”
Playing volleyball on the next level is something that Gauker has wanted to do since she was in middle school.
“I really wanted to play volleyball,” Gauker said. I’ve wanted to play volleyball on the next level since I was in eighth grade. When they offered me and gave me the opportunity it really excited me. It was like a dream come true.”
Getting it done in the classroom and being a leader in the school, as well on athletic field, helped Gauker earn the James W. Wilson Scholarship.
“The money worked out and it made it possible for me to go down there,” Gauker said. “I think it is going to be a good fit for me.”
Playing on the next level wasn’t promised to Gauker as she missed part of her junior season with a back injury.
“I didn’t think I would be able to play college volleyball after getting injured last year,” she said. “I suffered a back injury; the fact that God has led me to have this opportunity is just amazing. I just want to thank everybody for giving me this opportunity. I would like to tell people not to give it up, because it is possible to play college athletics.”
Being involved is something that Gauker has done her entire high school career, and it is something that she plans to continue once she reaches Montgomery.
“I give 110 percent no matter what I do whether it is in the classroom, or in extra caricular activities,” Gauker said. “I am FBLA president and the senior class president. I am in student council and I was the Relay for Life ambassadors. I like to be involved in my community and in my school. I will make sure I continue that once I am at Huntingdon.”
The 2011 Talladega County Volleyball Player of the Year said she wants to coach on the high school level when she graduates from Huntingdon.
“I want to be a teacher and volleyball and softball coach,” Gauker said. “I want to major in either Business or English. I am not sure about which one yet, but I am passionate about both.”
Gauker said it took a lot of people to make her dream possible and she appreciates every one of them.
“I feel really pleased that I am getting this opportunity, Gauker said. “I owe it all to my coaches, my family and my teammates supporting me this far.”