Kayla Waters has mastered four sports during her four-year career at Southwest, and leading the pack along the way as a promising athlete and senior class vice president.
Coach Chantay Edwards says, "First of all, she's just a great person. Works really hard in the classroom and does anything that you ask her to do. She's very versatile, can play any sport, make any jump you ask her to do. She's a softball player, basketball player and just a tremendous track athlete."
And on the track, Kayla says she feels most at home, preparing for sectionals this weekend on the road to the track and field state finals.
"You have to start by conditioning really hard, change your diet and put a lot of hard work and dedication into it. You can't give up because other people are working just as hard as you, and if you slack, they will just come harder," says Waters.
Kayla is the lone senior on the squad and knows how important it is for her to lead on and off the sporting circuit. That's why the senior carries a 3.4 GPA.
"She's the emotional leader, she's the verbal leader. She leads by example. She has really taken this group of freshmen and put them on her back and set the example and set the tone," says Coach Edwards.
Waters says, "You got to make sure that you keep your character, because a lot of people look up to you and you have a lot more responsibilities as a senior, and I just take that under consideration to work hard and do my best."
After high school, Kayla wants to study pre-law. Since Southwest is a law magnet school, she is on course for what's at the next level. But until then, she has visions of medals and trophies in mind to wrap up her career as a Lady Patriot.
"I think this is a big accomplishment for Southwest and for me," Waters says.
Edwards says, "The sky is the limit if she brings it like she did last week. She will determine her fate, good chance."
This Saturday, Kayla will represent Southwest girls track team in the long jump, triple jump, 400m and as a member of the 4x400m relay team. Kayla won the region title in the long jump.