Argent named to AHSAA leadership team

Published 5:28 pm Thursday, February 1, 2018

Adi Argent of Chilton County High School has been selected to be a member of the AHSAA student leadership team.

She was one of 16 student-athletes from throughout the state to be chosen. All are juniors in high school.

In many ways, the honor is just the beginning and requires a two-year commitment that will involve Argent participating in several events during that time.

The first of such events that Argent will attend is a leadership conference hosted by the AHSAA in Montgomery in March.

Argent was identified and recommended for the honor by her teachers and coaches for the leadership skills that she demonstrates on a daily basis, not only in athletics, but also in the classroom.

Clint Pitchford has only coached Argent for one year of girls basketball, but could tell right away that she was someone who he and the rest of the team could lean on when times get tough during a game.

“She represents the school well,” Pitchford said. “It was only fitting that she got that honor, because that is exactly what she does as a leader not only for the team, but for the school. She’s used to being in that kind of spot.”

Argent plays point guard for the Tigers, a position that according to Pitchford is perfect for Argent because it is a position that demands leadership.

“I put a lot of trust in her,” Pitchford said. “When she’s on the court we have a different feel to the game. There’s a sense of calmness that she’s going to put everyone in the right position to be successful.”

Argent received an email a couple of weeks ago letting her know that she had been selected to the team.

This is not the first time that Argent has been associated with leadership skills, having attended various leadership camps in the past.

“I’m really excited about this one [team], because I get to work with fellow athletes that have the same passion I do,” Argent said. “They could have chosen anybody.”

Leadership is a skill that comes natural to some people, while others have to work at it.

For Argent it comes naturally, in part because of her outgoing attitude that allows her to start up conversations and adapt to new situations fairly easily.

“The scariest part is when you first arrive after being thrown into a situation, but I usually flow pretty good when it comes to meeting new people,” Argent said. “I’ve kept a lot of friends that I’ve met at previous camps.”

She has two younger sisters and has always tried to be a positive role model for them.

“They push me to be the best that I can be to set an example for them,” Argent said. “I want them to see all that I’ve accomplished, and know that they can do that and more.”