"I Am St. Francis"
The Professional Athlete Perspective: Five Questions for Kelsey Robinson, '10 and Eric Stout, '11
1. What is your current occupation? Where have you recently traveled?
I'm a professional volleyball player. I play for the United States Olympic team during the summer, and then I play overseas for professional teams around the world. Currently, I am in Tokyo, Japan, for World Championships. It's a five-week tournament competing against the best teams in the world.
Professional baseball player for the Kansas City Royals; in the off-season I am working out every day at a local training facility and will travel to Arizona for more training in a month.
2. How did St. Francis prepare you for your university studies and career?
St. Francis prepared me by teaching me to be a well-rounded student, athlete, and person. They created an environment that made it easy to want to be the best in all things that I do. I was fortunate enough to have my volleyball career take me really far, but I never felt that being a volleyball player was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Because of the tools I learned at St. Francis, I know I can do so much more once I retire.
St. Francis prepared me in so many ways - I especially liked the school's size because it gave me an opportunity to get involved but also to self-advocate and meet with teachers. Due to the relationships built at St. Francis and the personable teachers, I received individual attention. The teachers helped with my strengths and weaknesses - especially with the pressures of ACT, SAT, and college planning.
3. What teachers stood out at SFHS? What were the most fun and/or useful classes you took?
Peg Kopec was one of the many people who made me who I am today. She works tirelessly to push her students to be the best version of themselves. I also enjoyed my classes with Mr. Harper. He always made learning about history interesting and entertaining.
I especially enjoyed classes with Mrs. Abbott. We always had fun and she could handle my sarcasm and was a great teacher. Ms. Pratscher was my Kairos leader and English teacher. My English skills were not strong, but she made it a lot easier by providing one-on-one help. She would help with time management by breaking down chapters of books we were reading and gave me tips with how to take good notes. Both Mrs. Abbott and Ms. Pratscher would come in early and stay late to assist me.
4. What is your favorite memory during your time at SFHS?
My favorite memory was playing in State. That was my first moment of playing in front of a huge crowd, and I knew I wanted to do that for a long time. I also enjoyed the dances and homecomings. It's very rare to grow up with such a strong sense of community, and I think the
students who attend St. Francis are lucky to experience this.
Winning sectionals for baseball was a huge highlight. The Super Sectional game was in a big stadium, and there were a lot of Spartans there supporting us. It was the best atmosphere of anywhere I played. Even families that didn't have a baseball player came out to see us play. Awesome experience!
5. Why are you proud to be an SFHS alum? What one word encapsulates your St. Francis experience?
SFHS is a family. From the time I went to school until now, I continue to receive support and love from people all over. No matter where you go or where you live, there are always alum nearby. It's really special to have that especially when I'm living somewhere new every year. The word that encapsulates my St. Francis experience is "Growth."
St. Francis is a prestigious school in the area. The teachers and staff mold students to be well behaved and give them an amazing education. The teachers are fantastic people that students really look up to. "Family" encapsulates my St. Francis experience. The friends I met here are the best of friends I will have for the rest of my life.