Hometown Hero: Wylie’s Jackie Galloway Brings Home Rio Bronze in Taekwondo

WYLIE -- Everyone needs a little Monday motivation, right?  Well, Monday at Wylie High School, that motivation came from Jackie Galloway.

"Today, I just want to be here to tell you, as someone who is a little bit removed from high school now - high school isn't that big of a deal," Galloway told an assembly of seniors.  "High school is meant to be a launching pad to bigger and better things - if that's what you use it for."

Galloway knows plenty about bigger and better things. Last month, she was reppin' North Texas in Rio de Janeiro, where she won an Olympic bronze medal in Taekwondo.

Monday, she was back in Wylie, being honored by the mayor of her hometown, who declared the day "Jackie Galloway Day."

"Now that I have the title of Olympian, I get these opportunities," Galloway told NewsFix.  "I always see them as a chance to get to tell my story, and hopefully even affect one person, then doing all this is completely worth it."

"It's really about what you want to create for yourself, and that's up to you to decide," she said to the assembly.  "But understand that it's gonna involve hard work, and there's gonna be tough times and bad times, but it's about what you do with that."

As for what Ms. Galloway intends to create for herself, let's just say she plans to be wearing a different color around her neck when she comes home from Tokyo in four years.

"It definitely has fueled my fire going into 2020," Galloway said.  "Because I know I'm capable of being an Olympic champion, and that's not something that everyone can say."

When that time comes, it's safe to say the town of Wylie will be watching.