On the soccer field, she's been a starter for four years, twice All-Tri-Six Conference. She's been an influence on East Wake soccer, not only with her ability but with her spirit and attitude.
"She knows when to lighten up," says Coach Steve Moore. "She knows when to laugh and enjoy life. She's been a real pleasure to have around for four years."
In addition to playing to the best of her ability, Katie admits she likes to have fun on the field as well.
Academically, Katie Young is 6th in her class with a grade point average of 4.54. She's in the National Honor Society and Who's Who Among American High School Students. She's been involved in so many aspects of school life.
"She's one of those interesting and neat young people who makes you feel good to come to school everyday," explains Dusty Burns, a teacher at East Wake. "She's got a big, bright smile. Probably the neatest thing about her is that she always wants to do just a little, tiny bit more."
Coach Moore says Katie has a glow about her. She's also caring and helpful to other players on the team who aren't quite as talented. Katie doesn't look down on people. She tries to pick them up.
Katie Young of East Wake High School is this week's winner of the Extra Effort Award.