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2017 IESA Scholar Attitude Award

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Kate Aupperle

Kate Aupperle

Maroa-Forsyth

Principal: Mr. Brice Stewart

Kate Aupperle's upstanding attitude, compassion, and hard work are noticeable in the classroom and in her interscholastic activities. Those are just some of the reasons she was selected as the Scholar Attitude Award winner for Board of Directors Division I.

While participating in softball, basketball, and volleyball, Kate has also maintained a perfect GPA throughout middle school. She credits her interscholastic activities for defining who she is and the person she hopes to become. She notes, "The value of hard work, time management, goal setting, and working as a team are lessons that I have learned during my participation in activities. These values will provide a solid foundation upon which my future lies."

Those values, for instance, stood out when Kate broke her wrist before her summer softball season and was unable to participate as an athlete. She made the most of the situation and became a team supporter and first base coach - which led her to receiving the team's Rebel Spirit Award.

Similarly, and much to the inspiration of her family friend, Jackson, Kate approaches each day with a "win the day" attitude. Kate admires Jackson, who is nine-years-old and recently suffered a stroke, and does her best to make him proud. She notes, "On days that I get tired from a long practice or worry that I might not perform well on a test, I think of Jackson and remind myself that I am blessed to have the opportunity to go to school, learn new things, and play sports."

Upon graduating high school, Kate plans to attend college to major in a health-related field. Currently, she is interested in becoming an orthodontist and hopes she can say that she works each day to "make people smile."

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