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Softball gave this East Hall senior opportunities. She turned around and did the same for girls behind her
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East Hall's Macy Banks - photo by Scott Rogers

Macy Banks knew she wanted to be a college softball player from a young age.

She joined her first travel softball team at 10 years old and quickly realized she had a knack for the sport. Banks excelled at pitching and batting, and by the eighth grade, she was already starting to see interest from recruiters.

“At that point, I was like ‘OK, I think if I really stick with this and work really hard, I could be really good at this,’” Banks said. “And eventually maybe play in college.”

Once she had a goal in mind, high school went pretty much as planned for Banks — now a senior at East Hall. 

She started as a pitcher for the Lady Vikings softball team as a freshman, receiving immediate interest from Georgia State. 

Class of 2020

The Times puts together this special senior recognition each year, highlighting a few standout stories from our local seniors, but this year we’ve added graduation lists from our local schools in an effort to honor as many graduates as we can. We hope you’re inspired by these stories and join us in celebrating the class of 2020. You can view these stories online as well as upcoming photo coverage of this year's graduation ceremonies.

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East Hall pitcher Macy Banks delivers a pitch for the Lady Vikings Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2019, in their second round of Class 3A softball playoff game with Cook High at the East Hall Community Center. - photo by Scott Rogers

She visited the Atlanta campus in the spring of her sophomore year and received an offer to continue her softball career with the Panthers. 

“I really loved the coaches and the campus and everything about playing there,” Banks said. “So when they offered me, I was super excited. I was just super, super excited that the coaches thought I was good enough and wanted to give me an opportunity to play there one day.”

Banks received first-team all region honors for Region 7-3A all four years of high school, leading the Lady Vikings to four consecutive region championships and making it all the way to the 3A state quarterfinals as a senior. 

“The softball program has made so much history since I’ve been at East Hall,” she said. “I’ll never forget the moments we’ve created and I’ve had there.”

Banks said she has always been appreciative of the support the team received from the East Hall community, and in her junior year she found a way to use her softball skills to give some of that support back. 

While she was working concessions at the East Hall Community Center, parents of younger girls began approaching her to ask if she would be interested in giving pitching lessons. 

“I had never really thought about giving lessons before, but I was like, I’m always (at the East Hall Community Center), so I might as well,” she said. “So I started giving lessons to one or two girls, and then I made a few posts on Facebook and I got a lot of feedback from it.”

Over the past two years, Banks has administered classes to five or six girls at a time, coaching them up so they can one day become impact players for the Lady Vikings themselves.

“I enjoy teaching other girls about softball, because around the East Hall area, there’s not a lot of places you can get hitting and pitching lessons,” Banks said. “I was like, I might as well use this opportunity to help other people.”

In addition to playing softball, Banks received a nursing assistant certification as a dual-enrollment student. She plans to study kinesiology or public health at Georgia State and eventually become a physician’s assistant. 

But no matter where her future schooling takes her, Banks said she will always remember where it began.

“Just being able to have that opportunity to play a lot and receive tons and tons of opportunities was really special to me,” Banks said. “I’ll never forget all the things that East Hall has given to me.”

East Hall High School graduating seniors

A tentative list provided by Hall County Schools

Claudia Acevedo

Arely Adame

Oscar Aguirre

Milca Alarcon

Christian Aldaco 

Megan Allen

Nicollette Allen

Juan Alvarez-Corona

Emilie Amormino

Dan Andrade

Martin Aragon

Selena Arellano

Estefany Arevalo

Cindy Argueta

Chandler Arrowood

Vanessa Arroyo

Angel Arteaga

Elizabeth Aviles

Christopher Ayala

Joel Ayala

Andrea Ayon

Brisa Baez

Jaden Bales

Macy Banks

Katie Baugh

Kahmia Blackwell

Osiris Bran

Jacob Brewer

Abigail Brown

Destiny Bryant

Shelby Burns

Tysun Butler

Joanna Calvillo

Alejandra Camacho

Samantha Camacho

Stacy Camarillo

Beverly Camp

Anthony Campbell

Nayeli Canales

Damien Cano

Elizabeth Cardoso 

Alejandra Carrillo 

Daniela Carrillo

Merary Carrizales

Gerardo Castillo

Josue Castro

Madelaine Chanon

Austin Cook

Lesli Cortes

Carley Cox

Adrian Cruz

Josue Cruz

Michelle Cruz

Victor Cruz

Madison Danner

Marissa Davidson

Luis Del Rio

Raquel Diaz Turrubiates 

Melissa Dominguez

Kariya Dowell 

Magaly Duarte 

Savannah Duckett

Melody Dunagan

Makenzie Duncan

Diego Duran

William Eldred

Aaliyah Ellison

Karli Emmett

Luis Escobar

Carlos Espinoza

Gisselle Espinoza

Roxana Espinoza

Chris Estrada

Ethan Evans

Kenneth Fajardo

Irving Flores

Laura Flores

Jodie Ford

Quillan Free

Daisy Fuentes

Giselle Gallaga

Melissa Galvez

Pedro Galvez

Alondra Garcia

Hender Garcia

Martin Garcia

Saira Garcia

Staci Garrison

Jamarien Gaudlock

Brayden Gillespie

Isaiah Goff

Omar Gomez

Karina Gonzalez

Shinay Gonzalez

Kaitlyn Graves

Alysia Gray

Andre Gray

Darryl Gray

Haley Grooms

Yalletzi Guerrero

Vega Mary Gutierrez

DeAndre Harrison

Keiunna Harrison

Gerardo Hernandez

Maritza Hernandez

Omar Hernandez

Drew Highfield

James Hightower

Zion Hill

Daniel Hinshaw

Laura Holguin

Logan Howard

Zamien Howell

Miracle Hudson

Josiah Irvin

Alexis Jaramillo 

Alejandro Jasso

Mayetta Jones

Faila Kisebwe

Shante Lanyon

Janelly Lara

Dylan Lee

Kaymani Leiro

Kallon Lewallen

Jeff Linares

Keylla Lira

Alejandro Lopez Guerrero

Pierre Lyles

Kayla Madrigal

Luis Magana

Jocelyn Maldonado

Othon Marban

Tyler Martin

Albert Martinez

Gilbert Martinez

Jason Martinez

Luz Martinez

Tyler Mayabb

Jordan McCann

Josue Medina

Itzel Mejia

Daniela Melendez Rodriguez

Madison Melgar-Acosta

Janet Mendoza 

Lizeth Mendoza

Sofia Mendoza

Alina Mendoza-Castrejon

Guadalupe Mendoza-Duran

William Merck

Amberly Miller

Jason Miller

Destiny Mize

Elizabeth Mojica

Miguel Molina

Miguel Mondragon

Denci Murillo 

Micah Murray

Nashali Nava-Munoz

Christopher Nazworth

Treveon Newson

Arabella Nicholson

Cassidy Nickerson

Suzan Norman

Julian Osborne

Melvin Palomo-Campos

Jose Pantoja-Ruelas

Ronnie Passmore

Logan Patterson

Lauren Payne

Alexis Pedraza

Tynayia Peoples

Mariano Perez Villanueva 

Tyler Pham

Dakoata Phimmachack

Eric Pineda

Marilin Pineda

Naxely Ponce

Magdiel Portillo

Monterious Prather

Jaquelin Ramirez

Lesley Ramirez

Roman Ramirez

Odaris Ramos

Bryce Reeves

Judith Reyes

Nyah Reyes

Luna-Alyssa Rhodes-Touchet

Tessa Rider

Cesar Rios

Xavier Rivera

Abigail Rodriguez

Angela Rodriguez

Daisy Rodriguez

Jesse Rodriguez

Julius Rodriguez

Rashel Rodriguez

Stephanie Rodriguez

Yeinny Rodriguez

Natalie Romero

Miguel Romero Gomez

Yairin Romero Gonzalez

Galilea Rosas Guzman

Ernesto Ruiz

Jose Ruiz

Abigail Salgado

Teresa Salgado

Maggie Sargent

Sean Saunders

Kayla Sellers

Carolina Sesmas

Bailey Seymour

Andrea Silva

Giselle Silva

Ethan Skarda

Annabelle Smith

Nicole Smith

Rondale Smith

Taylor Smith

Tristan Smith

Leslie Sorto

Abbey Stanley

Hunter Sunderman

Gabriel Taylor

Alysia Teague

Gavino Tello

Aaron Thomas

Britney Thomas

Encosi Tilmon

Dylan Timms

Peyton Turner

Destiny Turpin

Rachel Tyre

Helen Ulloa

Ariel Urapo

Ruth Urizar

Miguel Valentin 

Ashley Valladarez

Malachi Vance

Joana Vargas

Gabriel Velazquez

Ytsel Villagomez

Albert Villatoro

Kaitlin Vongsayadeth

Breanna Walls

Katherine White

Malichi White

Harley Wilbanks

Vincent Wilkins

Cody Woodard

William Yizar

Koltin Zona

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