In this edition of Scholar Athlete of the Week, we honor Kim Thompson from Mechanicville. The three sport athlete excels on and off the field. The senior is an exceptional role model and dreams of continuing her soccer career in college.
MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. – Breaking the mold of many of her teenage peers, Mechanicville's Kim Thompson doesn't always have a ton to say.
"She's just a quiet, low key player,” said Karl Gerstenberger, the school’s girls soccer coach. “It's is not about her, it's about the team."
"You don't have to be loud or anything,” Thompson said. “Once you step on the field, you have to be yourself and do what you do best."
What the senior does best is excel on the playing field, where her actions speak volumes. In the fall, she captains the soccer team before lacing up her sneakers for basketball in the winter, before finally settling into softball in spring.
"It just gives me such a rush of adrenaline,” Thompson said. “It's just so fun playing with my friends. I couldn't imagine my life without it."
A three year starter at goalie with hopes to play in college, soccer is Thompson's best and favorite sport. One of her brightest moments came on a direct kick in last season's playoffs with the game on the line against Hoosic Valley.
"We were up 1-0 and I just knew I had to save it," said Thompson, who was named First Team All Colonial Council earlier this year after being named Second Team in 2012.
"She got her finger tips on it, pushed it on the cross bar and recovered to get the rebound off the crossbar so they couldn't tie it up," Gerstenberger said. "We ended up winning that game 1-0."
"I just wanted to keep playing and I didn't want our season to end," Thompson said.
A scholar-athlete in every sense, Thompson, who plans to study to become a registered dietician, maintains a 90 average and is active in her church and several community groups.
"To able to accomplish what she's done up to this point is just amazing," said Mechanicville Junior/Senior High School Principal Kevin Kolakowski.
With two sports seasons left before graduation, Thompson has plenty of time to continue leaving her mark on and off the field.
"She's a great individual. She's a great student. She has great things to come and we're very proud of her," Kolakowski said.
"The athletic experience is something I wouldn't trade for anything,” Thompson said. “It's given me such great memories I'll keep with me forever."