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Extra Effort: Hayley Reneau Helps Define Washington Strong

Washington senior is this week's 'Extra Effort' winner

WMBD/WYZZ-TV - WASHINGTON, Ill. - As a three-sport athlete, you can usually find Hayley Reneau in the gym.

But this school year she's been visile outside Torrey Gymnasium.

"I help in the community any way possible," explained Reneau. "When the tornado happened I was out there the first day helping people that needed to get their stuff."

On game nights, she is a starting guard for the state-ranked Lady Panthers basketball team. And on her classmates' game nights, Reneau is near the floor, too.

She's usually in the front row of the student section.

"I like supporting our school, supporting our athletes," said Reneau. "I see them come to our games and I feel like I have to support them and the rest of the sports at school."

As a member of the pep club, she spreads the word about upcoming athletic events. As a member of the student athlete advisory committee, the senior has a voice in some of the athletic departments planning decisions.

 Reneau is also an active member of the fitness club here at Washington. Which means some days, she has to shovel snow.

 "We do things outside like rake leaves in the fall, sometimes shovel snow in the winter," said Reneau

And her extra efforts are being felt in the community still recovering from November's devastating tornado.

"She is a staple in this school and has become a staple in this community through all the desturction and what not," said Washington basketball coach Maggie Mose. She's a rock star."

"If I see someone down," explained Reneau. "I give them a hug and tell them, 'Hey, it's alright, keep your head up.' And move on with your day."

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