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Student Spotlight: Teen will stay close to home

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It is not uncommon for most teenagers to dream of the day that they will leave home and go far away only to find themselves returning to live in or near their hometowns in later years. But, for one Copperas Cove teenager, home is where the heart is.

“I will stay in Cove when I am an adult. I like Cove. And, I like the weather,” Kristen Stifflemeier said.

Her favorite subject is history, finding it “interesting to learn where we come from.”

She enjoys the outdoors and has played nearly every sport open to girls.

“I really like sports. My height has been a big advantage in pole vaulting and running track,” said the 5’6” brunette. “I would like to work as an athletic trainer and get a degree in kinesiology.”

Stifflemeier currently volunteers as a student trainer and has applied to attend the University of Texas in Austin. She is active in the organization Health Occupations Student Association and the National Honor Society. Giving back to others in need is a regular occurrence for the senior who attends Evant Church of Christ.

“I work a lot with my dad helping people in need. We cut cedar, build roofs for our neighbors, and help each other any way that we can. I really work hard and am dedicated to whatever I am doing,” said Stifflemeier. “I am naturally smart, but I do study and work hard for my grades.”

Stifflemeier maintains a 4.1 grade point average. She also works as a volunteer during the summer teaching younger children to run track.

“Kristen goes above and beyond in everything that she does. Not only does she do it, but she then helps other kids. She is a fantastic person with high integrity and has never cheated,” said Dejah Bushong, a physics teacher at Copperas Cove High School. “When she does something wrong, she allows herself to make mistakes and then she moves on. She doesn’t get frustrated which is unusual for a teenager.”

Contact Wendy Sledd at wsledd@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7476

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