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Athletes Worth Watching: Katie Claggett

Aug 27, 2014 09:00AM ● By Jake Russell
Image titleEaston, Soccer, Tennis

An accomplished athlete in both soccer and tennis, Katie Claggett’s accomplishments are seemingly endless.

A varsity starter in soccer since freshman year, she earned the Coach’s Award and Bayside second team in 2012, Bayside first team in 2013 as well as North Bayside championships in 2012 and 2013. Also a varsity starter in tennis since her freshman year, she has accumulated a 51-3 regular season singles record heading into this season and earned overall Bayside Championships from 2012-2014, first team honors in 2014, a sportsmanship award in 2013, and a doubles district championship in 2013 and 2014.

Katie takes part on the Bayshore Blast travel soccer team, has spent time abroad in Australia and Spain as an ambassador, and is a member of National Honor Society, SkillsUSA, student government, and It’s Academic Trivia Team.

With a resume like that, it must be tough to maintain a normal schedule. Somehow Katie makes it work.

“Organization is key. In order to attend events around the community, participate in sports practices and games, make time to study and complete homework, and spend time with friends, keeping track of dates and times is essential,” she says.

“In general, sports and schoolwork consume my time during the fall and the spring so in the winter and summer I enjoy spending time with friends and family and volunteering.”

To keep up with the rigors of school and everyday life, she draws motivation from her teachers and her parents.

“My teachers, as well as my parents, inspire me on a daily basis to try my hardest, challenge myself, express my individuality, and are always there to give me advice and support,” Claggett says.

Her tennis acumen comes from watching superstar tennis player Roger Federer.

“His style, professionalism, dedication, and respect for his sport and all of his competitors make him a great role model.”

Entering this school year, Katie is ready to embrace a leadership role on both of her teams and take her underclassmen teammates under her wing. She’s also looking to maintain a 4.0 GPA, capture a state doubles title in tennis this season and win the Bayside Conference in both soccer and tennis.

Outside of sports, she likes traveling around the world and learning about other cultures, reading, and spending time with her friends.

Claggett is still weighing her college options but has her eyes on Guilford College, located in Greensboro, NC because of the campus, student body, academics, and soccer team. She’s undecided about her future career path and her college major but she enjoys international studies, environmental studies, and anthropology.