Paige Dodson, 2009 graduate of Vandalia High School, has announced her intent to continue her academic and athletic career at Greenville College. Dodson, the daughter of Andrew and Michelle Vaughan, will compete in track for the Panthers while pursuing a degree in pre-nursing.
Dodson had an accomplished career earning several athletic honors competing in track, volleyball and basketball during her four years at VHS. She was a member of the 4x400 meter relay team that won back-to-back state championships.
She was voted Most Valuable Runner and won the Most Improved Award twice during her career. She also was a member of the 4x100 meter relay that qualified twice for the state track meet.
Dodson excelled in the classroom as well, evidenced by her membership in the National Honor Society and her designation on the high honor roll. When she was not in the classroom or participating in athletics, she remained busy with several extracurricular activities. She was a member of chorus, Bi-Phy-Chem and Code Red. In addition, she was on the yearbook staff, Students Against Violation of the Environment (SAVE) and a library/office worker.
Brian Patton, head cross country and track coach at Greenville college, said about Dodson's addition to their program, “We are excited about Paige’s decision to come to Greenville. She will contribute in more ways than one. It has been said, ‘Past performance is the best predictor of future behavior.’ I believe that to be true and look forward to Paige’s future in our program because her past has been very successful.”
Greenville is an NCAA DIII School that competes in the St Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Conference.