A dual sport athlete who just loves to run, Kaija Carr puts miles on her shoes not only to compete, but to decompress as well.
"It's a stress relief mechanism for me," said Carr. "With everything I'm involved in, it definitely takes a load off and especially that bond with the teammates."
"You can tell she's very passionate about the sports that she competes in," said Central Cross Country Coach Alexa Lamar. "She's very determined and has tremendous leadership skills. She's a motivator for the team, she really pushes them to be the best that they can be."
When she's not running 5K's, Carr is hitting the books. The Senior is ranked 5th in her class, carrying a 4.14 GPA.
"Kaija is actually one of the girls that I get to call on for tutoring quite often," said Central AP U.S. History Teacher Kayla Pirillo. "I've had a lot of kids in the past in my regular U.S. History classes who've needed assistance and Kaija has been the one to step up. I have been able to call on and say 'hey I need you to help this student with this' or 'help them with that' and she's always taken on that role."
When she's not busy studying or running, Carr can be found helping out her community. The youth leader involved in 6 different clubs and activities.
"The ball is in her court, she can pick anywhere she wants to go and she'll succeed," said Lamar.
"I could see her doing whatever she absolutely wanted to do and she'd be the best at it." said Pirillo.