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Over the holiday break, Shaelyn Johnson, a sixth grader at KIPP Halifax, spent some time playing softball.

She was nominated and accepted to play in the Softball Youth All-American Games in Orlando North, Florida, on January 2-5.

This is considered a prestigious event for individual players.

Opening Ceremonies were held the first day with more than 550 girls from around the nation and several countries there to compete.  

The following days consisted of skills measurements, a home run derby for those who wished to enter, pool games, and bracket games with a four-game guarantee.

Shaelyn played on the SY Freedom 2025 team — sixth grader in school year 2018-19.

Some game highlights consisted of Shaelyn playing defensively in the outfield at center and left field.

She also played infield at short.

Shaelyn pitched for two games from a pitching distance of 40 feet.  

Shaelyn got on base several times including three triples throughout the games. She found herself in a pickle three times.

She was successful at it twice and was able to advance.

She is the daughter of Sean and Shaletha Johnson of Roanoke Rapids.

The semi-final game where Shaelyn pitched was the most challenging; where the teams found themselves having to play for the international tie breaker.

However, SY Freedom was successful and won. Subsequently, her team had to play immediately after making it a double header for the championship game. Her team fell short and came in second place.

At Closing Ceremonies, Shaelyn was awarded the Silver Slugger award. She also received a Runner Up medal and an All-American ring.

“This was an excellent experience for her where she made some new friends and created some life long memories,” her mother said. “Special thanks to everyone that has supported her along this softball journey.”