Lauren Schutter | sports editor
Senior Kaelyn Conrad signed her National Letter of Intent to play softball at Johnson County Community College in a ceremony Friday afternoon.
She opened the ceremony with a few words, thanking her teammates, coaches, friends and anyone who has helped her softball journey in any way.
Head softball coach Joe Dee Tarbutton then read a message from Kaelyn’s mom, saying, “Kaelyn has always been a great role model, being the oldest of three girls. She’s always there to help them with anything they need: softball, volleyball, schoolwork — you name it, she helps.”
Conrad proves her role model status on the field and court, amassing 768 career digs in volleyball, playing 23/34 varsity basketball games last season, batting at a .338, and also fielding at a .744 on the softball field.
These accomplishments didn’t go without praise.
Principal Jan Hutley brought up the fact that Conrad will be a 12-sport athlete. “She brings a lot of grit, spunk, and competitiveness to the court and field. She steps up and knows exactly what to do, no matter which sport,” Hutley said.
The community is definitely proud of Kaelyn’s accomplishments, but her biggest support comes from her family. Specifically Kirsten, her youngest sister. “Kaelyn has always been a big part of my life. She was the best sister ever,” Kirsten said.