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A Step Above: A Step Above – Kayla Herrera

Liberty High School
Class of 2013

Every journey in life begins by putting one foot in front of the other. Whether it’s running track and cross country or discovering new passions in life, Liberty High School senior Kayla Herrera has made her journey a memorable one thus far. Determined, sincere and filled with a strong sense of personal pride, she has represented her school and dedicated herself to self improvement through athletic competition and academic excellence. She sees great things in her future and won’t let any obstacle stand in her way, and that elevates Kayla Herrera to – A Step Above.

kayla herrera

G.P.A.: 4.774


  • Cross Country, 2009-Present; Captain, 2010-Present
  • JV Softball, 2009
  • Varsity Track, 2012
  • Varsity Flag Football, 2012-13
  • Varsity Quiz, 2012-13
  • SAVE Club, 2009
  • Student Council, 2012-13; Senior Class VP, 2012-13
  • Church Class President, 2009-12
  • Youth Church Committee, 2012-13

Awards/Community Service

  • Scholar Athlete, 2009
  • Most Valuable Offensive Player (JV Softball), 2010
  • Most Improved JV Player (JV Softball), 2010
  • Athlete of the Month (Cross Country), 2010
  • Most Valuable Runner (Cross Country), 2010-12
  • Young Women in Excellence Medallion, 2010
  • Bronze Medalist, National Classic Etymology Exam, 2011
  • Regional Qualifier (Track), 2012
  • Regional Qualifier (Cross Country), 2010-12; State Qualifier, 2012
  • Three Square Food Drive, 2012
  • Student Aide in Special Needs Class, 2012
  • Volunteer at St. Timothy, 2009-12
  • Volunteer at St. Jude, 2009

Kayla Looks Up To: “I look up to my parents because they both came to the United States facing every adversity possible and made a life out of nothing. They have always inspired me to be the best I can be at all times and I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”

Kayla is Stronger and Wiser Because: “When I strained my Achilles tendon, I couldn’t understand why. I had just qualified for regionals in track and everything else in my life was going so well. Overcoming this injury taught me how to have patience. The following cross country season, I ended up running in state. I learned that sometimes bad things happen now for greater things to come in the future.”

Cause for Concern: “I would be the president of the Special Olympics because those kids are some of the most amazing kids I have ever met, and they’ve taught me about myself and how happy I can be. I would love to help them be happy like they’ve helped me and just be around them to learn even more.”




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