Late in the summer after her freshman year, Ja’Kyra Austin made a move from Hampton, Georgia, to Paris, Arkansas. Kyra was a competitive dancer in Hampton and had never really considered playing volleyball. However, Coach Wes Davis convinced her to give it a try and now three years later she has signed a letter of intent to play volleyball for the Lady Cotton Blossoms at the University of Arkansas at Monticello.

After joining the volleyball team at Paris, Kyra poured all her heart and soul into the sport, working hard during practice, staying after practice to work on specific skills, and working to build her jumping abilities.

All the hard work helped propel Kyra to one of the best players to come through the Paris volleyball program and in turn helped her earn a volleyball scholarship to UAM.

While playing at Paris High, Kyra has helped the Lady Eagles to not only make the state tournament but to finish as the state runner up the last two season. Kyra played middle hitter and was a force in making several kills per game and blocking potential opponent hits.

Kyra is not just a volleyball player at PHS, she is also a cheerleader, a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Council, the FBLA, and along with a fellow senior created a coffee house at the Boys and Girls club to help the students there with literature and writing of their own. Kyra will graduate in May from PHS with a 4.0 GPA and as one of the highest honor graduates.

Kyra is the second Lady Eagle to sign a scholarship for volleyball in the past two seasons. She and Haley Owen along with many other talented players are coached by Wes Davis.