Getting to Know

Published 1:36 pm Tuesday, November 26, 2019

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Franklinton High School’s Kassidy Nielson

Kassidy Nielson is a senior at Franklinton High School. Nielson plays soccer, runs track and is on the dance team.
Neilson is a forward/striker in soccer. In track and field, Nielson runs the 4×100 and 4×200 meter relays and she also runs the 100 and 200 meters.
In soccer, Nielson was the co-offensive Most Valuable Player last year and first-team all-district. She was a second-team all-district player her sophomore year.
Nielson has made it as far as regionals in track and field.
“Kassidy is a great kid,” Franklinton girls soccer coach Drew Brooks said. “She’s a leader, works hard and gets it done on the field and in the classroom. She has been a pleasure to coach and we will definitely miss her next year.”

What do you enjoy most about playing your sports?
I’m very competitive, so I like the competiveness and always trying to beat my own records and stuff like that.

What do you like best about being a student athlete?
Probably the best thing about being a student athlete is being able to be involved with the other kids that I go to school with — like the ones, who do sports because they don’t really have anything else to do or that’s how they get away from other situations. It’s really cool to bond with them and give them somebody to be with and talk to.

Who has been the most influential person in your school sports career? Why?
It’s a little cliché, but probably coach Brooks because when I was freshman on the team, he still continuously made us practice and put us in with the older kids, which gave us a little bit of hope for future years. Even as a sophomore, he kind of gave me a little bit more responsibility than everybody else, kind of preparing me to be a team leader when I was a senior.

Who is your favorite athlete? Why?
United State Women’s National Soccer Team’s Alex Morgan and she plays the same position as me so part of that’s why and the other part is she stands up for a lot of what she believes in. Like the biggest controversy right now is equal pay in women’s sports and she’s been a big activist in that, so I think that’s pretty cool.

Favorite team?
United States Women’s National Soccer Team.

Best thing about living in Washington Parish?
One of the best things about living in Washington Parish is being able to know everybody around you and everybody knows who you are, so if you do something kind of big like being named first-team all-district or co-offensive MVP, everybody kind of knows you and gets to congratulate you and stuff like that. Being an “idol” in a small town is a lot of fun. Having little kids look up to you is a lot of fun.