Excel 1125

By Derrick Smith

A great athlete does not just happen, there are countless hours of work and effort put in to reach that level. Even someone with a ton of natural talent still has to hone that talent in order to be successful. Kassidy Collins knows what it takes to be successful.

“It has taken a lot of hard work and dedication to get where I am,” she said. “There has also been a lot of training both on my own and with Samba Elite Soccer.”

Collins is a senior at Owasso High School. She is a member of the Lady Rams soccer team, where she plays mainly center and outside defense, but can also play forward. Along with sports, Kassidy is also a member of the National Honor Society, Student Council, Spirit Crew, and Senior Band.
Kassidy says that she has played soccer for a majority of her life and for most of that time, her mom was right there with her.

“I have played soccer for fourteen years,” she said. “For twelve of those years my mom was my coach. Both of my parents and my sister, Kaylee, are my biggest role models because they constantly encourage me to be the best version of myself. They are also my biggest supporters in everything I do.”

At Owasso High, Kassidy has had numerous great teachers that have impacted her education. But she says that there is one that is her favorite.

“It would have to be Ms. Carman,” Collins said. “Not only is she a great teacher, but she treats all of her students like her own kids. She comes to our sporting events to cheer us on and always has a positive attitude.”

The best memory that Kassidy has made during her soccer career happened a few years ago.

“My favorite soccer moment would have to be when my club team won state during my sophomore year,” she stated. “Then we went to regionals in North Carolina. It was really great to make it that far.”

After graduation, Collins will play soccer at the University of Central Oklahoma and pursue a career as a physician’s assistant.

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