We are so excited to announce this week’s State Farm Student Athlete of the week Katie Tourtillott from Rich Hill. Katie is a senior and starting setter for the Lady Tigers volleyball team. Katie was nominated by her Coach Diana Smith.
Coach Smith stated “Katie achieved 1000 assists in her junior year and is only 57 away from 1500. She is currently our co-captain and continues to consistently lead the team with her outstanding play on the court.
She also works hard in the classroom and was Academic All State last season. She is also a member of NHS, FFA, STUCO and the A+ program.” When we asked Katie to tell us something she has learned from playing sports that she can apply later in life she stated “I’ve learned how to commit to something fully. Also, I’ve learned how to work with others and work through disagreements.” We also asked Katie what she believes it takes to be a leader and to excel in her sport of choice.
She stated “to be a leader you have to not let your feelings get in the way and always build others up by vocalizing your support of those on your team. To become an elite athlete you have to have mental toughness and move on when you make a mistake. Becoming successful takes a lot of commitment not only of your time but also consistent hard work.” Katie hopes to continue her career in volleyball and play in college after she graduates.
She would like to major in biochemistry with plans to attend medical school. It was such a pleasure meeting Katie and Coach Smith and we wish the Lady Tigers the best of luck next week as they take on Adrian, Jasper, and Liberal.
Pictured left to right: Katie Tourtillott, daughter of Dylann and Heidi Tourtillott; Kellie Davidson State Farm