Some days, Kassie Rich wonders how she crammed so much activity into so few hours.
“With homework load, participating in all these activities,” Rich said. “But with hard work you know it pays off in the end.”
Rich is one of nine seniors on the Deer Creek-Mackinaw volleyball team.
“I don’t know how she does it. She’s involved in so many things. She’s busy 24-7 and keeps grinding away,” said head coach Brandon Mueller. “I’m proud of what she’s done on the court and off it.”
The captain of her team is also a National Honor Society member and the vice president of student council. Rich helped organize fundraising events during Dee-Mack’s Hope Week, which eventually raised around 10-thousand dollars for the St. Jude Children’s Hospital.
“It was amazing,” Rich said. “To know I helped my community to come forward and participate and show what we can so to help our community. What we can give back is amazing.”
Her athletic and academic resume are good enough to earn her a spot on the Loras College volleyball team next fall. She hopes her college career will be as satisfying as he years as a top student-athlete at Dee-Mack.
“Colleges are always looking for athletes that are willing to put in the extra effort,” Rich said. “It shows off the court, what I can accomplish as a student.”