1/24 Student Athlete of the Week - Kaitlin Smoot

When Kaitlin Smoot was just a freshman, she made the switch from basketball to volleyball, and that's when her coach gave her the opportunity to play on the varsity team. "I think that she really believed in me and supported me, made me focus a lot more on that and I was good at it so I ran with it, you like what you're good at."

So good, that Kaitlin holds the state record with two thousand and twenty-nine career assists, beating out the previous record of one-thousand-586 assists, but coach Suzanne Mathias says a lot of that attributes to her hard work. "She wanted that setter ball to take home to work on her sets and she was constantly asking me for help, where to place her sets and what else could she do to get better."

And that didn't stop her on the court Kinesiology teacher Glenn Proctor says you can also find Kaitlin's motivation in the classroom. She knows where she wants to go in life she's very goal oriented, very driven and when you have someone like that, they're so much easier to teach because you just can't give them enough to do.

As a member of the National Honor Society and ninth in her class, Kaitlin is setting herself up for a college career. "It gets tough, but you got to do it to be successful you have to, you don't get anywhere by just being an athlete you have to have the grades to go along with it because thats what's going to get you to where you need to be in the long run."

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