2/17/11 Student Athlete of the Week - Mary Kern

By: Daren Stoltzfus Email
By: Daren Stoltzfus Email

At Turner Ashby, Mary Kern is known by a different name. "Just to hear the words "Big Money", I don't know, it's just kind of fun," says Mary's Soccer Coach Renee Cleaver.

And Mary recently raised big money, and volunteered more than a hundred hours, for the Boys and Girls Club.

"It was kind of outside my comfort zone, having to contact a lot of higher up officials and adults that didn't take me serious. But then they saw that I meant business," says Mary Kern.

"Mary is fearless. When I first met her, I thought tha by her senior year, she would either be a really superb student, or would have jumped off a cliff by now. Just for the fun of it," says Mary's English Teacher Shelley Bryant.

"The feeling you get from helping out someone else, is just better than anything else that I can think of. It's just satisfying and what I love to do," says Mary.

And Mary also finds time to hit the books she has a 3.9 GPA, and has already been accepted to NYU.

"She's driven within, from inside herself. There's definitely an inner drive within Mary, that it is unique. I think it's a great quality of hers," says Renee Cleaver.

That drive has also helped Mary become a two-time all-district goalie on the soccer field.

Not bad, considering she learned the game by reading "Soccer for Dummies."

"She's one who sees life as an absolutely giant adventure and she is absolutely going to make the most out of it," says Shelley Bryant.

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