Crown­ing achieve­ments

King showed golden touch in ev­ery­thing

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS - TIM COOPER

Amalie King was not con­tent on be­ing a part of a pro­gram. She wanted to start one.

See­ing a need at one of Lit­tle Rock’s pub­lic ele­men­tary schools, King — a stu­dent at Epis­co­pal Col­le­giate — founded a tu­tor­ing pro­gram that ben­e­fited chil­dren in her neigh­bor­hood. It was the be­gin­ning of the Romine Pro­gram.

“I would walk by Romine ev­ery day and I saw they had needs,” said King, who is the Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette’s Fe­male Aca­demic/Ath­lete for 2016-2017. “They had no tu­tor­ing pro­gram. They had no mu­sic pro­gram. I wanted to do some­thing. I had to meet with our prin­ci­pal and I had to meet with their prin­ci­pal, but we be­gan to get things done. It made me feel good that I was do­ing some­thing to help them.”

King’s idea to im­ple­ment a tu­tor­ing pro­gram for the un­der- funded ele­men­tary school was a suc­cess.

“Ev­ery­thing she does, she does it to the fullest ex­tent of per­fec­tion,” said Epis­co­pal vol­ley­ball Coach Monty Smith. “She is a great leader. She didn’t just play a sport; she starts in ev­ery sport and she’s a key com­po­nent in ev­ery sport.”

King also was a mover and a shaker at her own school. She not only played three sports, was a cheer­leader and served as vice pres­i­dent of Epis­co­pal’s Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety chap­ter, but she per­formed so well in the class­room that she earned ad­mis­sion to Van­der­bilt. She is hop­ing her time at the pri­vate univer­sity in Ten­nessee even­tu­ally lands her a law de­gree.

“I plan to ma­jor in hu­man and or­ga­ni­za­tional devel­op­ment,” King said. “That’s not the nor­mal course of ac­tion that leads to be­com­ing a lawyer. Most stu­dents will go into po­lit­i­cal sci­ence. But I think my de­gree will help my lead­er­ship skills.”

King played soc­cer, vol­ley­ball and bas­ket­ball for the Lady Wild­cats. She and her

team­mates en­joyed suc­cess in both soc­cer and vol­ley­ball. But play­ing bas­ket­ball was what she was most proud.

“I know that sounds strange be­cause we were God-aw­ful,” said King, whose team went 4-21 her se­nior year. “But we all stuck with it and bonded as a team. I think we be­came bet­ter be­cause of it.”

The bond­ing, how­ever, did not mean King en­joyed play­ing.

“[Bas­ket­ball] is aw­ful, but I loved my team­mates,” King said. “Soc­cer was my fa­vorite.”

Smith said King’s de­ter­mi­na­tion was her most im­pres­sive qual­ity.

“What­ever she did, she gave it all of her time and all of her en­ergy,” Smith said. “She’s go­ing to make sure it’s done right. And she’s gen­er­ous with her time. She’s will­ing to spend time with other play­ers to make sure they will suc­ceed.”

King played four years of var­sity soc­cer and was the team cap­tain and an all-state player her fi­nal three years. As a libero on the vol­ley­ball team, she was an all-con­fer­ence player who played on a con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship team.

He r ad­mis­sion to Van­der­bilt has one ex­tra ben­e­fit: She’s a big fan of coun­try mu­sic.

“To look at me, you’d never know it, but I love coun­try mu­sic,” King said. “The only times I’ve been to Nashville is to see shows. I’ve never been to the Van­der­bilt cam­pus. I’ve taken on­line tours, but I’ve ac­tu­ally never vis­ited the cam­pus.”

Arkansas Demo­crat-Gazette/JOHN SYKES JR.

Amalie King played vol­ley­ball, bas­ket­ball and soc­cer at Epis­co­pal Col­le­giate. She was also a cheer­leader for the Wild­cats.

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