Throughout the school year, Katerina Careaga, sophomore at Helias Catholic High School, is a student athlete in more than five sports: football cheerleading, cross country, basketball, soccer, track, and wrestling cheerleading. To add to her busy sports schedule, Careaga manages to stay on the A honor roll, spend time with her family, and hang out with friends on the weekends.
“My social life is my sports,” commented Careaga. “I really don’t go to parties or to events. If I do it’s usually during the summer. I don’t have time during the school year.”
Careaga is active in two sports in the fall season, with practices tending to overlap, Careaga commented that it is no problem to her.
“I try not to skip a practice,” stated Careaga. “I usually try to split the time spent at practices evenly and leave one practice a few minutes early so I can make it to the next one. I usually don’t have practices that overlap or that are at the exact same time, which is pretty nice!”
Many high schoolers would add “job” to their list of activities throughout the year. Although Careaga does not have a job, on August 14th, she tweeted, “Being a student athlete is a full time job.”
Even though Careaga plays over five sports, she still finds time to spend with her family and help out as much as she can. Careaga has four brothers and one sister, whom she helps her parents with quite often.
“We sure are proud of Katerina,” stated Katerina’s mother, Anika Careaga. “I could not have asked for a better daughter!”