LSHS Senior proves hard work pays offBY KELCEY HATCH | REPORTER Chloe Rost is like most seniors at Lake Stevens High School, excited to see what lies ahead, although her journey will take her further than the average graduate.
Rost, a 2008 Junior Olympian Dallas Texas, has signed with Saint Peters College in New Jersey to play volleyball.
“I am so excited, I know that the east coast is going to be full of amazing opportunities, and that I’m going to have a great time.” Rost said.
Rost has been pegged as a talented athlete but her dedication reaches further that the court. She scored a 1690 on her SAT and is taking all advanced classes at LSHS.
“School always comes first for me. My grades are the biggest part of what has gotten me into college as a female athlete,” Rost said. “I believe that doing well in school is an extremely important part of doing well in sports, especially for female athletes. Without good grades, colleges won’t be as apt to accept you as an athlete.”
Another quality Rost possesses is the ability to not give up. In the seventh and eighth grade she was cut from volleyball and in the eighth grade she was cut from the basketball team.
“During that time, basketball was my main focus, so I wasn’t too upset about not making the volleyball team. I was always the tallest girl in my grade, so those two sports were the obvious ones for me to play because I have always been an athlete,” she said.
Being cut two years in a row would dampen most people’s spirits. Not Rost, she tried out again in the ninth grade and made the high school volleyball team.
“I didn’t go into the season expecting to be the best, I just wanted to learn as much as I can, and better myself as a player. I think that my being cut in middle school impacted me in a positive way in the long run,” she said. “It drove me to push myself harder, and want to be a better athlete, and definitely acted as motivation. It also drove me to make the switch from wanting to be a college basketball player, to volleyball.”
What does the future hold for Rost? She hopes to play volleyball throughout college, although she’s not sure if that is something she would like to pursue after. In college, Rost plans to major in either business management, world economics or communications and minor is Spanish.
“At this point, I know that the possibilities are endless and there are a million different roads I could travel down, and I plan on figuring out exactly what I want when I get to college.”