Just days following her high school graduation, Lycia Peevy, of Paris, was again standing on the big stage.

This time it wasn’t a playoff or championship game, but Peevy was on the stage at the Fort Smith Convention Center to receive the Female Athlete of the Year award at the All-Star PREPS Best of the River Valley banquet, sponsored by the Times Record of Fort Smith and held on Thursday, June 1.

Peevy had seemingly achieved every possible award in her career at Paris High School, playing in four volleyball state title games, winning the last two and the tournament Most Valuable Player award. She closed out her senior year in volleyball with a devastating kill on the game’s final point to seal the championship and put her career kill total at 1,200.

What makes Peevy stand out from the crowd is that she won’t even be on the court for volleyball in the fall, as she has signed to play basketball for the Arkansas State University Red Wolves. Basketball is her passion, and as a quiet leader, she doesn’t focus on the stat line, but on improvement and team play. She was a team leader as a senior on a team riddled with injuries early in the season. She was a calm influence and often dominated her opponents while never speaking a word. She will be joining AAU teammates in Jonesboro on a young talented team.

In her time at Paris High School, Peevy has been a pivotal piece keeping the Lady Eagles in the athletic spotlight. Her influence will last beyond her time on the court as underclassmen have learned from her leadership. When asked about her career, Peevy said she remembered being the young one on the team and watching the seniors after a defeat in the championship. As a senior leader, she did not want her team to experience that.

With her leadership the Lady Eagles achieved excellence, and on Thursday night, a crowd of well over 1,000 watched as she was recognized as the Best Female Athlete by those she so often competed against.

The keynote speaker at the event, which drew around 1,000, was former Razorback and current Dallas Cowboy running back Darren McFadden.