School: Tates Creek High
Sport: Soccer, track
Academics: A former Duke TIP qualifier, Katie is a straight-A student in advanced classes.
Parents: Margaret & Scott
Pity the classmates of Katie Workman when she attended Southern Middle School.
At year-end awards presentation, Katie won everything in sight all through middle school – highest GPA, outstanding student in each class, straight-A award.
Friends called it “The Katie Show” and still tease her about it.
Katie was a Duke TIP qualifier in seventh grade and the student body president a year later.
Now a Tates Creek High sophomore in the International Baccalaureate program, Katie has straight A’s in all advanced classes – a B has never blighted her report card.
Away from the classroom, she’s an avid reader of romantic fantasies – “Twilight,” “Eragon,” etc. – and she has written the first chapter of her own fantasy novel.
She also sang in the choir and acted in school plays.
And, oh, by the way, she’s a top sprinter in track and a star soccer player.
Mom and Dad marvel at her work ethic.
“She wants to make sure that everything is done – even if she has to stay up till 2 in the morning,” her mother, Margaret, said.
Said Scott, her dad: “She’s certainly no procrastinator. She motivates herself and pays attention to every detail.”
For her part, Katie cheerfully calls herself a perfectionist. “If something’s not done, “It’s gotta be fixed.’ I want to do my best all the time,” she said.
That means in soccer and track, too. Katie excels on the LFC ’96 Premier, winner of four of the past five state titles, and made the state Olympic Development Program team.
A two-year starter at Tates Creek, she helped the team to the regional title as a freshman and a 15-7-3 record and the district championship last fall.
She scored five goals and had four assists while playing all over the field. The highlight of the season came on senior night against West Jessamine, a team that beat Tates Creek, 4-1, last year.
In the waning moments of a scoreless game, Katie knocked in a carom from a shot by Destinie Graves, sending the team into a victory frenzy.
“I was mobbed by my teammates,” she said. “I was thinking, ‘I won it for the seniors.’”
Katie is a rugged 5-foot-4, 126-pound player who backs down to no one. But speed marks her game.
Aiming to improve her running, she joined the track team last spring and ran the anchor leg on the 4×400 relay team that was second in the regional and seventh in the state.
All four runners are back for this season – determined to win a state championship. “I want a ring,” Katie said with a smile that lights up a room.
Don’t bet against her.