Skylar Diggins' Hard Work Led Her to the NCAA Championship Game

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The Fighting Irish came up short last night, April 5, against the Texas A&M Aggies in the NCAA Women's National Championship. But Notre Dame standout guard Skylar Diggins certainly made the Aggies work for it, scoring a team high 23 points in 39 minutes of play.

Before she began competing in the national spotlight, Diggins was hitting the books and serving her community of South Bend, Ind. while a student at Washington High School.

Speaking as the 2008-09 Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year, Diggins reflected on her high school achievements, which eventually led to a Notre Dame scholarship. "I'm part of the National Honor Society—finished with a 3.92 GPA. As far as community service, I have over a thousand hours at the Martin Luther King Center in South Bend, Indiana and I'm most proud of that."

Those accomplishments are certainly plenty to be proud of, as was her incredible performance in last night's championship game. Of course, leading top-ranked Notre Dame onto the court for the title game wouldn't have been possible without Diggins' hard work in the classroom and her willingness to volunteer. She continues to be an outstanding role model for student-athletes everywhere.

You can find Diggins on Twitter at @SkyDigg4. Share with her your academic accomplishments and let @STACKMedia know if you hear back.

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