Wilmer-Hutchins High adds first female kicker in school’s football team
A junior at Dallas ISD’s Wilmer-Hutchins HS is breaking barriers. She’s the school’s first female kicker on the varsity football team.
A junior at Dallas ISD‘s Wilmer-Hutchins High School is breaking all barriers.
She’s the school’s first female kicker on the varsity football team.
She has a soccer foundation like many young ladies who kick for their secondary school football teams.
It’s been Jackie Aguilar’s dream since middle school.
“Since sixth grade, I always wanted to be a kicker,” The Eagles kicker said. “The reason I wanted to be a kicker was because every time I played soccer and I’d shoot the ball, everybody would tell me, ‘You have a strong leg.’”
It was’ areas of strength for Jackie that got her a spot in the varsity football crew at Wilmer-Hutchins Secondary School.
“I’ve seen football players, and I heard they had a position for kicker,” she said. “So, I was like, ‘I want to be a kicker.’”
“It was exceptionally refreshing. We were attempting to track down a kid kicker toward the start of the time,” said Manuel Zaragoza, Jackie’s kicking mentor. “None of my soccer players needed to kick. My past kicker got injured.”
“My first year when I came here, I conversed with Mentor Z since I was a photographic artist for the football crew,” Jackie said. “I was like, ‘I will be a kicker for you one day.’ He was like, ‘No, you’re not.’ And I was like, ‘Indeed, I’m.'”
The secondary school junior made the varsity football crew after testing.
“The primary game, when everyone was in the arena, they were only all taking a gander at me,” Jackie reviewed. “I felt anxious from the outset. However, when I previously hit that part, and it went in, I just felt trust in myself.”
That certainty had just developed.
“She arrived the principal day, and I figured out her. She was amazing,” Zaragoza said. “She scarcely missed any field objectives, and she’s been exceptionally steady.”
The Eagles are currently 4-0.
“It was interesting hearing individuals say, ‘She’s a young lady! She’s a young lady.’ It’s simply so interesting,” Jackie said.
And Jackie takes pride in being the first female kicker at Wilmer-Hutchins High School and the message it sends.