Jeannin recognized as athletic scholar
Juggling athletics practice, books and games can be hard act to pull off, especially in the spring when Katie Jeannin competes in both track and softball.
Whenever a softball game is on the schedule, the pitcher must complete track practice before school. Otherwise, she has both softball and track practice after school.
"It's pretty crazy," Jeannin said. "Especially toward the end when all the teachers have their final projects."
But the senior has managed both academics and athletics -- quite handily -- sporting a 4.0 grade-point average while earning three letters in all four of her sports.
For her accomplishments, the standout in volleyball, basketball, track and softball was named this month's Hy-Vee/Emprise Bank Scholar-Athlete of the Month, which the Sunflower Broadband Channel 6 sports staff selects.
On Oct. 28, THS athletics director Brandon Parker broke the news to Jeannin.
"It was exciting," she said. "I wasn't expecting it."
Parker, meanwhile, was.
Last year, Parker nominated Jennifer Reischman, who graduated in May. At that time, Channel 6 anchor James Sido asked about other potential scholar-athletes in the future.
Parker also recommended Jeannin.
"It came to me easy as a 4.0 GPA and a four-sport athlete," Parker said.
Academically, Jeannin has been a member of National Honor Society, Who's Who Among American High School Students and was named a Kansas Scholar-Athlete. She also has been a DARE Role Model for two years.
On the athletic courts, Jeannin has been named a three-time all-Kaw Valley League selection in volleyball and has been an honorable mention pick in basketball.
In the winter, when high school basketball is on the top of her list, she has participated in club level volleyball.
And in the summer, Jeannin has participated in A-level American Softball Association 18U games. A member of the Kansas City Gems, Jeannin has traveled to tournaments in Illinois, Minnesota, Nebraska, Missouri and the nationals in Florida.
After high school, Jeannin plans to play softball at Johnson County Community College with hopes of playing at a four-year university.
"I kind of hope to play Division I," Jeannin said.