Keys Weekly Student of the Week: Katelyn Johnson

The Upper Keys Weekly is proud to partner with Coral Shores’ faculty and students in choosing “The Student of the Week.” Recipients are chosen on qualifications including academic standing, athletics, outstanding achievements, community involvement, individuality and moral fortitude. We thank our future leaders and CSHS for allowing us to share in a weekly dose of “Hurricane Pride,” and for giving us a glimpse into their world.

What is something most people don’t know about you? One thing most people don’t know about me is that I play for Miami Elite volleyball club in Miami. Volleyball is my favorite sport, and I’m lucky to be able to play on such a great team.

Who is your all-time favorite teacher and why? Mrs. Dobson is my favorite teacher of all time. I’ve had her for AVID since my sophomore year. There always seems to be a smile on her face, and you can really tell she loves to teach. Her teaching style makes you want to participate in class and her positive attitude always brightens everyone’s day.

What does “a good education” mean to you? A good education is a great doorway to success; teachers give you knowledge and information, as well as the learning skills to listen and grow.

What is the dumbest rule at your school? The best? I would have to say the dumbest rule as of this school year is that juniors and seniors don’t get to go off campus for lunch. The best rule is that we don’t have a uniform and students get to express themselves through their outfits.

What is something you know now that you didn’t know when you were a freshman? One thing I know now that I didn’t know as a freshman was how important it was to get involved in sports and clubs. Get involved in extra activities, try some new things. The biggest thing is you’ll meet new people and find new friends.

What organizations and activities are you involved with at Coral Shores and why are they important to you? My freshman year I started playing volleyball. Playing is important to me because I have met some of my closest friends through volleyball.

 What are your plans after high school? My plans after high school are to go to college and play volleyball at a higher level. I am still unsure what I want to study but something in education.

What do you hope to be remembered for at CSHS? Someone who works hard. My freshman year was really my first time playing volleyball. The next year I started on varsity. I went to camps, and practiced the whole summer. I continued working hard going into my junior year, and I want to do the same thing going into my senior year as a leader to my team.

What is one favorite way to spend your spare time? I spend most of my free time on the weekends playing in volleyball tournaments. When I don’t have a tournament I like to spend time with my family and friends. Watching a movie with my mom and grandma, or going out on the boat with friends. During the weekdays I enjoy going after school and supporting my friends by watching and cheering them on in games.

Will you make the Keys your permanent home? Why or why not? I don’t think I will make the Florida Keys my permanent home; the reason why is because I like to experience new things and put myself out of my comfort zone. I’m also a fan of cold weather, and as you know below 70 isn’t common down here.

What three things would you like to accomplish before your 10-year reunion? In 10 years I would like to have a good job with financial stability, a great group of friends and coworkers, and a college degree.