Katie Ritenour has made it to the cross country state tournament three years in a row for Central High School.
All the while, she succeeds in the classroom.
For her, running is therapeutic.
“I find that running really clears my head, more than anything else,” said Katie. “I can go out, and it can be a bad day. Then I go for a run and it's all better. It's just enjoyable to me.”
Her coach says her attitude makes her a leader.
“Katie is a joy to coach. She comes to practice everyday, and is ready to work hard,” said her coach Melissa Wright. “This year, Katie has stepped up as a senior into a leadership role, and has done a really nice job of leading our team.”
In the classroom, not just at Central, but also at the Regional Governor's School, it's all about the present helping her future.
“What you do now will help you in the future,” said Katie. “So I just think that working hard in school now, is really going to depend on what you do in college, and what your career choices are.”
Her desire to learn is clear to her teachers.
“She has the mindset to be a successful person. She will be a lifelong learner, and she will constantly be trying to do new things.That's what will make her successful,” said her teacher Kathy Dill.
Her expectations for her future make it clear she'll step up to meet her goals.
“As of right now, I'm planning on applying to UVA, Virginia Tech, and William & Mary. Most likely, I would like to study biology, and hopefully later in life become a Veterinarian,” said Katie.
Her success on the course and in the classroom is why Katie Ritenour is WHSV's Student Athlete of the Week.