Student Spotlight: Visions Athlete Scores Big On and Off the Field
A striker for the IR Academy of Soccer Development in Elk Grove, Danna Restom has helped her teammates score for six years. But when the time came to choose a high school that would allow her to pursue her goals on and off the field, she turned to Visions In Education.
At Visions, Danna found the flexible learning schedule helpful when it came to balancing her responsibilities as a high school student and her passion for soccer. “I prepare a schedule for my week on Sundays and strictly keep to that schedule throughout the week,” says Danna. “This allows me to get my work done on time and keep up with my strength training.”
Danna’s hard work and commitment has paid off in major ways. In the classroom, she’s taken multiple honors classes and plans to take advantage of Visions’ community college program to get a head start on university coursework.
“My relationship with my teacher and counselor are great,” Danna says of teacher Mitch Weathers and Counselor Julie Winalski. “We have check up calls a few times a month to make sure everything is running smoothly.”
On the field, Danna has helped lead her team to victory. In 2019, she was named to the NPL Best XI Girls Players Team. Danna and her teammates took the league championship as well as the Silver Lakes and Las Vegas Showcase Brackets. Her team currently stands as the number one team in their league (19th nationally).
“I love pushing myself to be better than I was the year before,” Danna says. “I also love the strong bond and chemistry shared between my teammates.”
The Next Chapter
After graduation, Danna plans to attend San Jose State University. Her goals include majoring in kinesthesiology and, of course, playing soccer for the San Jose State Spartans. She credits Visions with helping her gain time management and organizational skills and supporting her personal and academic goals.
“Visions is one of the many reasons I am the person I am today,” says Danna. “I was not just able to better myself as a student athlete but also as an individual.”