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Athletic Scholar has seen the world

by David Tesitor

LA VETA- Carlee Koutnik, a senior at La Veta is an outstanding young lady whose aspiration is to follow in her parents’ profession.  She is inspired by their art of healing and caring for the sick, and that is motivating her to become a family practice physician.  Her drive and ambition will help her accomplish her goal. 

    This young lady currently holds a 3.75 GPA.  For this reason, the Huerfano Journal is recognizing her as an outstanding student athlete.  Carlee has played volleyball, basketball and track all four years while at La Veta high school.  In addition, she was a cheerleader her freshman and sophomore years.  Her goal is for her basketball team to win state this year, and after witnessing the game she played in on the night I interviewed her, the Lady Skins are well on their way.   As a senior, she leads her team and promotes the spirit of enthusiasm and competitive spirit.  Carlee’s outspoken demeanor and jovial attitude about everything she tackles will take her far in her career.

    Koutnik is also involved with various activities at her school.  She is President of both the National Honor Society and Student Council.  She is also a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and competes on the district and state levels.   Carlee’s  life outside of high school does not stop there. Her summers seem to be as active as her academic years.  Two years ago, as a member of the school’s  Ecology class, she  took a two week field trip studying the ecological flora  and fauna of Colorado’s high country.  Koutnik also traveled to New York and Australia  as part of the People to People ambassador program.  In addition, she has traveled to Washington D.C. as a delegate of high school students to study our nation’s capital in a program offered by San Isabel Electric.   Carlee is involved with Christ the King Church in La Veta where she is a lector and sings with the choir.  Carlee is the daughter of Vince and Diane Koutnik.

    Sports Editor note:  It was brought to my attention that in a recent article, a comment I reported on by Ms. Koutnik may have been misconstrued as boastful and hurtful to others.  If this caused any embarrassment or hurt  to anyone in any way, I sincerely apologize.  Ms. Koutnik’s comments were made in the good-humored and competitive nature of her personality, which is one of the strengths which make her a leader and excellent student.  I found that in interviewing her it is her charismatic personality makes her a leader among her peers.