Throughout this week’s Student Athlete of the Week interview with La Monte senior Katie Rodriguez, the academic world kept rising to the surface.
Rodriguez, 18, has a 3.87 grade point average, scored a 26 on the ACT and is taking it again Saturday, is ranked second academically in her 25-mmber senior class, is a four-time Academic All Kaysinger Conference selection in volleyball and a three-time Academic All Conference pick in both basketball and softball and looks to be a four-time choice in both before the end of her senior year.
“I think sports and academics are equally important,” said Rodriguez. “Yes, I know academics will take you farther in life. But if it weren’t for sports, I don’t think I would have made it through high school.”
Rodriguez is considering attending the University of Missouri-Columbia to enter a pre-med program and major in psychology.
“I’m going to take a look at some other schools,” she said. ”I probably will not play sports other than intramurals.”
She is taking College Algebra, College Trigonometry, Chemistry and Psychology on line through the University of Central Missouri. She will enter college next fall with 19 hours of college credit. Besides the volleyball, basketball and softball teams at La Monte, she is Vice President of the Student Council, is a member of the Tri M, the Honor Music Society, the Math
Club, the Academic Bowl Team the Spanish Club, FBLA and FCCLA.
Rodriguez has played four years of volleyball, there of both basketball and softball. She has earned Academic All Conference honors in all three sports and made Honorable Mention All Mid State Conference in both volleyball and basketball her junior year.
She played soccer for her father, Richard Rodriguez, in the Paul Klover League.
Basketball is her favorite sport because of its physical aspect.
When asked about a high school highlight, Rodriguez started laughing.
“It was after our last volleyball practice my sophomore year, the coach let us play any game we wanted to the next day and we chose kickball. Blair Lazenby went up to kick and missed the ball and did a somersault and landed on the floor.”
Rodriguez has a younger sister, Morgan Schouten, 17, Sedalia; a younger brother, Parker Schouten, 14, Sedalia; and a younger half-sister, Emma Schouten, 7, La Monte.
Rodriquez is the daughter of Amy and Richard Schouten and Richard Rodriguez.