Camarillo plays softball, wants to attend Bama

Published 1:07 pm Tuesday, January 26, 2010

By Scott Mims

Yoandra Camarillo has softball in her blood. The Jemison Middle School student, known to her friends as “Yo Yo,” shares the love of the sport with her parents.
“My parents taught me how to play. My dad was a star baseball player in Mexico. He was really good,” she said.
Yoandra’s father, Plutarco Camarillo, played shortstop; while her mother, Teresa Robles, caught for her school’s softball team. Yoandra plays center field on the Jemison Middle junior varsity softball team.
“It’s pretty much like it’s in your blood,” she said.
When she’s not on the field, Yoandra can be found helping her mother in the kitchen. Her favorite dish to cook is fried chicken and rice. Her culinary skills may one day translate to an interesting career, as her top two fields of choice are culinary arts and medicine. As for college, Yoandra will likely head for Tuscaloosa.
“To attend Alabama would be like a dream come true for me,” she said.
At JMS, Yoandra is a member of the yearbook staff, Beta Club, SGA, FFA and FCCLA. Her favorite subject is math because she likes the challenge.
Yoandra’s short-term goals include getting more involved with school athletics.
“I plan to try out for volleyball next year,” she said.