Top Teen--Stephanie Ott

She works hard on and off the field and now she's graduating a year early to pursue her goals.

From the classroom to the softball field, Stephanie Ott has proven hard work pays off.

"Somebody told me a long time ago, you get out of it what you put into it and that's how I look at everything," said Stephanie Ott. "I get the grades that I put into them. If I study hard I'll get good grades. If I practice hard I'll do good at the games."

And all this determination has helped her reach her goals. She's only a junior but she'll be graduating in May, a year early, just like she had hoped.

Not only that but she's earned an academic scholarship and softball scholarship to the University of South Carolina Aiken.

"It was hard to juggle it all, but in the long-run it paid off," said Ott.

While Stephanie has put a lot of pressure on herself to succeed - her coaches say when the pressure is on, that's when she shines.

"She's been awesome," said Stephanie's softball coach, Malena Dinwoodie. "She's a good example for other girls and sets a good tone at practice and on the field. You can always count on Stefanie to pick it up....I think what impresses me most is not just her ability is the way she knows the game and steps it up in a competitive situation."

" I like the competition," said Stephanie. "Playing a good team, it's a good competition is a one, two ballgame in the seventh inning that's the most fun for me."

While Stephanie is passionate about playing softball, her studies are top priority.

"School work is first, if you don't have the grades, you can't go to school for softball," said Stephanie.

"She is a great child, something Beaufort High is very proud of," said school administrator, Mona Lise Dickson.

That's why - Stephanie Ott is a WTOC Top Teen.

Reported by: Jaime Dailey,