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Kass sprints and strikes to success

Posted by mgonzalez on Jan 27th, 2012 and filed under Players Club, Sports. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

by Raveena Basra

Senior Katie Kass is known for her talent on the soccer field and in track but her humble demeanor and outstanding leadership are what make the ASB vice president a true superstar.

Kass is a three-sport varsity athlete who has been a part of the girls soccer and track and field program for four years, and the cross country team for two years.

“When it comes to running, I like the challenge of trying to go as fast as I can and not stopping, plus it’s relaxing and I love being outside,” she said. “Soccer is also a lot of fun and it goes along with running because it provides the endurance that I need.”

As a sophomore and junior Kass helped the track and field team capture back to back valley titles. She fondly recalls running the mile and finishing in fifth place at valleys during her sophomore year.

“I was in seventh place and then in the last 100 meters I picked up and passed two really well-known runners and ended up getting fifth,” Kass said. “I was really excited because I was not predicted to do that well.”

Currently, Kass is a returning starter in her fourth year on the girls varsity soccer team as it makes a strong push toward league and valley titles.

When she’s not dribbling past defenders or outrunning her opponents to the finish line, Kass spends much of her time involved in extracurricular activities.

In fact, Kass is currently helping organize the La Bella Vita Fashion Show, serves as ASB Vice President and is a member of the National Honors Society.

Despite her busy schedule Kass manages to excel in the classroom with a 4.1 GPA, and by the end of her senior year she will have taken four AP classes, one of which is Calculus AB.

“I really like math because it makes sense to me. I like the challenge of doing a tough problem and the satisfaction of getting it right,” Kass said.

Outside of school and sports Kass alleviates some of her stress by getting in touch with her more creative side.

“I love designing or doing anything creativity related,” she said. “Sometimes I’ll sew or recycle stuff and try to make it into something else; it really helps me relax.”

Balancing her activities and school work is not an easy task, but Kass credits the people she is surrounded by. “Supportive family, friends, coaches and teammates are a major help in my life and motivate me to do my best. I wouldn’t be able to do it without them,” Kass said.

Kass’s friends, who lovingly refer to her as “Kit-Kat”, recognize her hard work and enjoy pushing her to her potential.

“Kit-Kat Kass has always been a good athlete but it’s my coaching that has made her a boss,” senior Kristin Lampe said.

“I made her bench 450 pounds, swim until I said stop and run six miles while she carried me on her back. I think my coaching really helped her become the beast athlete she is today.”

“Katie is a joy to have as a teammate and friend and always works hard on and off the field or track. The only advice for her I have now is do not forget to turn left,” senior Andriana Ricchiuti said.

“Katie is a very special young lady, multitalented, creative and hard working,” head coach Barbara Bethel said. “She loves participating in all sorts of activities and in those activities she gives 110 percent.”

After high school Kass plans to continue with sports at the college level, while pursuing her academic goals.

“I’m looking at schools in Southern California, with the University of California, Irvine, being my top choice, and I want to go into teaching because I love kids,” Kass said.



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