Katie Philpott has been kicking her way around a soccer field for 13 years. Today, she is at the top of her game.
That's why she is WHSV's Student Athlete of the Week for Sept. 22.
“I have goals that I set and I do everything in my power to meet them. And I'm surrounded by awesome people,” said Philpott.
Coaches say she is a perfectionist when it comes to just about everything.
She stands out in her technical ability.
“She's a class above a lot of players on the team, her touches on the ball, her touches on the feet and her finishes on goal are amazing. It's going to be a really good season with her this season,” said Katie's soccer coach Hap Kwiatkowski.
Her coach says she has been out in front captaining the Falcons since her sophomore year.
Her Central High School teachers say she is front and center in the classroom, too.
“She's one of the most exceptional students I've ever had the pleasure of working with. She's very motivated, she desires success, but at the same time, she simply likes to learn and better her skills, which is not always the case,” said her English teacher Tara Mason.
And there's not much that she could do better. She's fifth in her class and has never missed the A honor roll in high school.
As for her lowest grade, it is a 96 on a Spanish paper.
“I really try to keep a 4.2 and a 96 is not a 4.2. I was kind of disappointed with myself that I didn't work a little harder to earn that 98,” said Katie.
But even though Katie's in a class of her own, the future has her stumped.
“I don't really have the slightest idea. I'm looking at several, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Liberty University, those types of schools, but as far as majors or careers... I'm clueless!”
But looking at her work in the classroom and her dedication on the soccer field, clueless she is not.
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