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Three Reasons Katelyn Keese Loves Working With Youth

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Katelyn Keese learns how to work with youth in a basketball clinic at a local church.

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In her senior year of high school in Poolesville, Maryland, Katelyn Keese’s coach approached her with an opportunity to work in a youth clinic at a local church. She was quite nervous at first, but decided to try it out. This would be her first experience working with youth in this capacity and it was at that time that she really uncovered her love of this work.

 

“The three things I loved best about working with youth is that it was simply fun, challenging and highly rewarding,” said Katelyn Keese. When she was writing her college entrance essays, she was able to articulate how the experiences with the youth changed her outlook in so many ways.

“Young people are able to have fun in practically anything they are doing. I was only a senior in high school but I was dealing with the pressures of the next steps in my life. The youth I worked with helped me to laugh and not take things so seriously – at least when we were playing basketball!” Katelyn Keese said. She often thinks about how this must be how it is for teachers who truly enjoy their work with youth.

 

Katelyn Keese also appreciates the unbelievable challenges working with youth poses for another young person. Sometimes, the participants did not want to listen to her and treated her as a peer. This was quite challenging as it was her job to teach them and make sure they were getting the most out of their time in the clinic. “I would get frustrated sometimes, when the youth did not want to listen to me. However, I learned to change my tactics of communicating and I would get their attention,” said Katelyn Keese.

 

At the end of the session, which usually lasted about twelve weeks, Katelyn Keese would see a group of youth transformed from the first day of the program. They were now confident basketball players who were having fun but had really learned how to play the game. Katelyn Keese was astounded at how rewarding this was for her. “I cried when the students thanked me at the end-of-program event and they presented me with flowers. I could not believe how far they had come from just twelve weeks prior and I felt so proud of them,” said Katelyn Keese.

 

Katelyn Keese plans to continue to work with youth, even after she graduates from college and most likely on a volunteer basis.

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Graduate of Poolesville High School Accepted to University of South Carolina Katelyn Keese

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Katelyn Keese is overjoyed when she finds out she is accepted to the University of South Carolina.

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Katelyn Keese was a straight A student in high school and had her pick of colleges. She applied to about ten different schools all around the country but could not hide her excitement about University of South Carolina. Something about the old university just struck her as a place she wanted to be. Sure enough, the fat envelope arrived in the mail and she was screaming to her mother.

“I was so excited to hear that I was accepted to the University of South Carolina. None of my classmates had applied there and for some reason it was the last school I needed to hear back from. I was just drawn to the school and could not wait to go,” said Katelyn Keese. Her parents were also happy that she got into the school of her dreams.

“Katelyn Keese did not seem to care about the other schools she applied to the same way. University of South Carolina is surely a charming place and so appropriate for her in terms of great programs in business. We were going to be supportive no matter where she picked but we were secretly glad she was staying on the same side of the country as us!” laughed her mother.

The local newspaper immediately wanted an interview with the impressive high school student on her acceptance. She was one of the few students to apply to University of South Carolina and the reporter used the opportunity to highlight the school along with Katelyn Keese’s accomplishments. She felt like a celebrity as she gushed on about all that she was planning to do when she got there.

“I just wanted to pack up my things and get to South Carolina! I want to join Chi Omega and join a few of their clubs and associations. I want to go to their football and basketball games. I can’t wait!” recalls Katelyn Keese. She has completed two years of her college career and with her 4.0 G.P.A. it is clear that all is working out as she planned. It is true that a student and person like Katelyn Keese would probably excel no matter where she decided to go to school. However, her excitement and commitment to her new life certainly accelerates her success.

Katelyn Keese is already thinking about staying another two or three years to work on her master’s degree at the college. She is anticipating that she is not going to want to leave in two years when her undergraduate is complete.

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Sports and Life for Katelyn Kees

Keese believes that she needs to stay physically fit in order to stay mentally fit.

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For a young woman like Katelyn Keese, sports and her life go hand-in-hand. Even when she is not formally participating on a school or league team, she is always playing something. Katelyn Keese plays tennis with friends or joins in a basketball game on the school court if she can. To her, it is crucial for her mental and physical well-being to be moving and fit at all times.

“When my body is moving, I feel my mind perk up. I have plenty of time when I cannot be participating in sports. So in my down-time, I want to be moving,” states Katelyn Keese. She does not like to simply go for a run, either. She wants a bit of competition and excitement when she is being physical. Her mother used to comment that she would turn anything into a game if she could.

“If I could play soccer any time I want, I would be a happy person. When I was a kid, I was forever outside running around with the boys and chasing a ball!” recalls Katelyn Keese. While she may not be able to do that anymore, Katelyn Keese does sign up for intramural sports at University of South Carolina. The school gym has a board that shows all the sports sign-ups that are currently going on and she spends some time there each semester scoping out what to try next.

“I just think that for me, sports are simply part of my zest for life. I don’t want to just sit and watch – I want to be a participant,” says Katelyn Keese. She has some acquaintances who share her enthusiasm for sports and you will find them all signing up for anything from Zumba classes to fencing intramurals.
 
Katelyn Keese does not do particularly well in dance-based classes, though. “In Zumba or Kickboxing, I am kind of a disaster. I am definitely the kind of person meant to be kicking, hitting or throwing a ball. If you give me music and some mirrors, it is just not pretty!” laughs Katelyn Keese. The great thing about her is that she will still try it, though. She does not paint herself into boxes and really enjoys the challenge of things she is not generally good at. This is why she believes she cans stay so sharp with both the constant physical and mental trial she puts herself through.

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Katelyn Keese Wins Basketball Tournament for Poolesville High School

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Katelyn Keese recalls her last big win in a high school basketball tournament.

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From the moment Katelyn Keese could hold a basketball in her small hands, she had gotten the concept of the game. She had a small hoop and played constantly with her little brother. As a teen she developed her love of the game by playing with her father and brother every evening in the driveway. Before her mother could blink her eyes, Katelyn Keese was team captain for her high school team in Poolesville, Maryland. She loved being a part of a team from as early as she can remember.

Kately Keese’s coach would call her “smiley” all the time because she was always grinning ear-to-ear during the game. It did not matter who was winning or how tense things were on the court, she was happy to be playing and it showed on her face. It also showed in her every move. Basketball came so naturally to her and she had the mind for strategizing during the game.

“I just loved the challenge of the game and how fast-paced it was. The girls on the team would be getting all worn out and I was just having a blast. I think I helped keep everyone’s spirits up even if we were losing,” said Katelyn Keese. She recalls fondly one of her last games in a big tournament for Poolesville High School. Her parents were there and all of her friends were cheering her on from the stands.

The clock was ticking and they were tied with the visiting team. Katelyn Keese gave her team a quick pep talk during a time-out and her coach supported her plan of action. She knew how much this win would mean to the school and to her teammates.

“With each pass and shot at the net, I felt like I was going to throw up! I just kept talking to my teammates and I figured, as long as we were all communicating, we would get it together. I was right. The ball was passed to me and I had a perfect shot. All I heard was the roar of the crowd and I knew it went in!” said Katelyn Keese with a smile.

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