South Allegheny High School junior Audra Lewis is student council president, a majorette and an All-Section soccer player.
But her toughest challenge is playing football.
"With all the gear it's heavy -- and then there's all the pressure," she said.
The 16-year-old Liberty resident is a back-up to kicker Chris Joseph on the South Allegheny High School Gladiator football team. Audra kicks the extra points after touchdowns when the team is enjoying a big lead -- then, at half-time, she twirls and dances as a majorette.
So far, Audra has attempted three extra points, with success on two. The one she missed was blocked.
While she has not tried a field goal, Audra said she feels as if she could kick one through the uprights from about 25 yards.
"I thought it would be cool for a girl to play football," she said of what led her to approach head football coach Pat Monroe about joining the team.
When Audra told her parents, Dave and Gina Lewis, that she wanted to play football, they were shocked.
But once they realized her determination and that she could be successful at kicking because of her soccer skills, they changed their minds, Audra recalled.
Last week, Audra scored one of two goals as the soccer team won its first playoff game in school history.
For each football game, she comes to the stadium wearing her majorette outfit under her football uniform. At half-time, she takes off the uniform to twirl and dance. Afterward, she puts on her gridiron gear over her sequin-spotted majorette outfit.
Jenni Urban, 16, another majorette, has been performing half-time shows with Audra since eighth grade.
Not only do the Glassport girl and other majorettes cheer for Audra when they spot her on the sidelines in her football gear, but they also lend her a hand as half-time approaches.
"She'll be rolling down her football pants and I'm throwing glitter on her eyes and putting a star in her hair," Jenni said.
Audra said football team members also have been very supportive.
"When I missed, they said 'It's OK; you'll get it next time' ... they're all excited when I make it," she said.
Audra is looking forward to the football playoffs in which the Gladiators, sporting a 7-1 record with one game remaining, will be participating.
The last game of the regular season will be at 7 p.m. Friday against South Fayette High School.
But, regardless of the season's final outcome, Audra said she has already learned a lot.
"It's good to challenge oneself, and how to manage time while you juggle so many activities."
Margaret Smykla, freelance writer; email@example.com.