Thuestad earns academic honor

It took Kate Thuestad a while to name off all the extra-curricular activities she’s involved in at Indian Creek.

To say she stays busy at school is an understatement.

Because of her accomplishments as a two-sport star at Indian Creek, 4.0 GPA and involvement in numerous clubs and activities, Thuestad was named to the IHSA Academic All-State Team as an honorable mention selection.

The IHSA chooses 26 to its Academic All-State first team, then 50 honorable mentions. Each school gets to nominate one female and one male athlete who has participated in two at least two IHSA activities and has a GPA of at least 3.5.

“I’m just really excited and honored that I could be with all the other top student-athletes in the state,” Thuestad said.

Thuestad is Indian Creek’s class president and is involved with the school’s chapters of the National Honors Society, DCPSAFE and FCCLA. She also plays in the band.

As part of the application process, nominees also are required to write an essay about how sports and academics changed their lives.

“I wrote about how leadership is really important and being the varsity volleyball captain was the achievement I valued most,” Thuestad said. “How working hard, dedication, earning the trust of my teammates was how I got the position.”

Thuestad was a Daily Chronicle all-area second team selection as a senior in volleyball and helped lead the Timberwolves’ basketball team to the regional championship game this season.

She will be attending Loras College in Iowa next year and plans to study something in the subjects of math and science, but has not declared a major. Thuestad will also play volleyball for the Duhawks.

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