Work hard….play hard has always been the emphasis in Katey Yang’s house hold. It’s pretty much the way the rising senior at Clinton High School lives at home, school, the swimming pool, and on the soccer field. According to principal Dr. Steve Miller, Katey is a school leader, an A student, and full of talent on the the athletics fields.
Yang played striker for the Dark Horse soccer team where she helped led the team to the Eastern Regional Finals with a 21-6 overall record and a 14-0 Four County Conference record. She scored 31 goals and added 36 assists for her team. Coach Jeff Smith, soccer coach for Clinton said Katey is the hardest working player he has ever coached. Smith went on to say she’s a great student in the classroom and works hard to get better on the soccer field. She’s a good teammate and leader of the team, which is her nature. During her junior year was the second leading scorer on the team and is expected to be a leader during her upcoming senior year. The soccer team came up just short of a state championship losing to Carrboro 5-2 in double overtime in the Eastern Regional Finals.
All the hard work paid off earning her All County and All- Region team honors.
This upcoming soccer season, her sister Kayla will join the Clinton squad which should be fun. Coach Smith said it is the third set of siblings he’s had the opportunity to coach.
Travel soccer is also a favorite of Kateys, playing for Clinton United based out of Clinton. She played as striker and won the Striker Award for the best striker on the team.Not only does she play soccer, but she runs cross country in the fall and is on the swim team in the winter. On the swim team she received All-County and served as the team captain which earned her the high point award and team MVP.
She also excels in the classroom with a 4.0 grade point average which earned her the right to be a member of the BETA Club and the Spanish Honor’s Society. She’s also a member of the FBK (Football Krazies).
Katey says she’s looking into two school’s: John Hopkins University and Tufts University where she will major in math and take pre-med courses.
She is the daughter of Grace Ho and Ken Yang and has three siblings: Kayla, Kenzy, and Casey.
In her spare time Katey enjoys doing art projects with her mom, hanging out at the pool and going to the beach with her friends.
“Family is very important her. Both of my parents have played a major role in my life. They support me in all my extracurricular activities, with three children they split up to attend our events,” said Katey.
Katey has big dreams and makes strides everyday to get better.
“Never give up on your dream’s, they can come true with hard work,” concluded Katey.
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