CHA Upper School Alumna (2015), Kayla McCoy, plays for Duke University’s Women’s Soccer team. She made an immediate impact leading the team in goals (8), ranking second in points (18) and second in game-winning goals (3). Kayla earned All-ACC Freshman Team, TopDrawerSoccer.com Best XI All-Freshman Team and NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team accolades, after registering the game-winning goal against top-seeded Florida State in the NCAA College Cup.
Kayla recently shared her reflections with me on her academic, athletic and spiritual growth:
“This past year, my freshman year of college, was a year of adjustment, excitement, and growth. Upon arriving on campus, I was immediately presented with 25 girls who I called teammates and who would soon become my closest friends. Classes and soccer proved to be a difficult schedule to juggle, but I still made it a priority to quickly get plugged into a campus ministry and find a solid church to attend.
“Being a part of my school’s Athletes In Action ministry was one of my favorite parts of the year as I was able to meet a solid group of Christian athletes at my school and build relationships and study God’s word with them. My team’s run for the national championship brought the semester to an exciting yet exhausting close. After a long Christmas vacation, however, I was ready to return to school and to resume classes and training.
“The spring proved to be more challenging academically and still very busy with soccer. I struggled through some small injuries as well as not being as successful on the field as I would have like, but I was able to focus on building relationships with friends outside of my team and getting further involved with my campus ministry.
“One of the biggest things that God has taught me this year is how to be content with where He has placed me and to do His work right where I am and build relationships with the people I am around. Overall, I loved my first year of college, I met some great people, learned some incredible things, and had many awesome experiences, and I can’t wait to do it all again next year.”
Soli Deo Gloria
David L. Roth, Ed.D.
Chief Education Officer