As a sophomore at Evening Shade High School, Mary Ellen Nix was named to the 2004 All-State basketball team.
This year, as a junior, the Lady Tiger has been nominated to attend the ninth annual "Down Under Hoops Classic" in Queensland, Australia.
The competition pits teams from the Untied States against worldwide opponents and is being promoted as a "mini Olympics."
Nix's name came to the attention of event organizers from Sloan Hendrix Lady Greyhound Head Coach Jared Richey after he had coached Nix during Arkansas' 2003 AAU competition.
Athletes are responsible for financing their own participation. Nix has scouted opportunities to baby-sit and has worked hard picking up odd jobs to help defray the cost of her trip. If anyone is interested in helping her to achieve her goal, she can be contacted at 870-897-0575.