In her junior year, Stormes served as class vice president – a title she holds again as a senior. Water polo and swim head coach Kiel Olff said Stormes and fellow water polo player and swimmer Matthew Satyadi are essentially joined at the hip. They’ve known each other since kindergarten, and Satyadi is senior class president. He was also vice president as a junior and spoke glowingly of Stormes.
“She’s really hardworking,” Satyadi said. “She tries to play herself off as not competitive. But if she’s given a task, she does everything she can to get it done. I see it in the pool, I see it in Leadership, and I trust her with everything. I give her a job and I know that she’ll get it done to the best of her abilities. I don’t have to worry about it.”
Stormes enjoys being involved in numerous school events, which is what’s kept her in student government over her time at Deer Valley. It started out merely as an activity to do with a friend.
“In middle school, I was in yearbook,” Stormes said. “That was involved, but not as much. So a friend of mine and I went out for government. I’ve always wanted to be involved, and that seemed perfect for me. It’s stressful, but it’s very fun.”
While Stormes has been swimming for a long time, she didn’t join the water polo team until her sophomore year. In her freshman year, she played volleyball in the fall and swam that spring.
While she’s not the most experienced water polo player at Deer Valley, she has logged more time on the girls’ varsity squad than any other player. Despite initial nerves and fears that came with adjusting to the physicality of volleyball compared to water polo, Stormes immediately earned a spot on the varsity team.
“She’s naturally athletic,” Olff said. “On our team, she has by far the strongest shot. She shoots like a guy. She shoots on point, like a laser. Most girls’ shots arch a lot more. Obviously she’s quick; she’s been a varsity swimmer for all four years.”
In addition to her offensive prowess, Olff also values Stormes as a defender. Her role on the team is more than just a scorer; she’s also tasked with limiting her opponent’s top scorer.
“She plays hole defense as well, Olff added. “So she’s almost always matched up against their best offensive player. She’s just smart enough and strong enough to know which side to play on. If they get a shot from the two-meter position, it’s like a layup in basketball. It’s a really easy shot from there.”
Stormes is unclear of what she’ll do after high school. She knows she wants to go away to school, but hopes to find a place where a drive home isn’t long, although she’s looking at Brigham Young University campuses in Hawaii and Idaho.