Richmond Times-Dispatch : 2020-03-20

Sports : 21 : B3

Sports

B3 • • • RICHMOND TIMES-DISPATCH FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020 SCHOLAR-ATHLETES OF THE MONTH BO KITE School: Age: Athletic accomplish­ments: GPA: Favorite article of clothing: Three words to describe him: 4.0 A junior wrestler, Bo won the Class 5 state championsh­ip in the 220pound weight class. His record for the season was 11-0 — he started the season late because of an ankle injury suffered during football. In his shortened season, he pinned every opponent he faced, and all but one pin came in the first period. Bo is the quarterbac­k for the football team, and this fall he rushed for 1,222 yards and 28 touchdowns and passed for 1,006 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also played linebacker and punter. Last spring, he was a member of the school’s lacrosse team. Deep Run 17 “Cotton T-shirts.” “Hard-working, selfless, quiet.” Working to get better: “I want to become a better passer. And breakaway speed.” Favorite restaurant: “Texas Roadhouse.” Favorite menu item: “The 12ounce fillet, medium rare.” More likely to be early or late: “Early.” More clean or more messy: “Clean. I’m OCD.” Academic accomplish­ments: Bo is a member of the math honor society, the Latin club and the National Society of High School Scholars. He’s a student mentor for Colonial Trail Elementary School, and he’s a youth football and wrestling volunteer. Star Wars or Marvel: If any actor could play him in a movie: “Marvel.” “Arnold Schwarzene­gger.” First job he wanted as a kid: “I wanted to be a doctor.” He still plans to study medicine. He’d also like to coach football. How he’s spending time away from school: He does his school work on his computer in the morning, works out in mid-day and then helps his dad with chores in the afternoon and evening. “It’s not bad. It’s like busy work.” Students watch YouTube videos and answer questions about them. “AP chemistry with Mrs. Earle.” “Robert.” His mom always wanted a son named Bo, but Robert is a family name. “Bo Jackson.” Driving around and listening to music the afternoon before the game. And immediatel­y before games, “usually I put my headphones on and put football pump-up videos on.” Favorite book: “Believe: The Victorious Story of Eric LeGrand.” Do aliens exist? “Yes.” The team and the coaches once debated this on the bus. “My girlfriend.” “Taysom Hill.” What distance learning is like: Person he texts the most: Football player he admires the most: House is burning down and he can take only one thing with him: Favorite emoji: If he could have dinner with anyone dead or alive: Favorite class: His real name: “My phone.” “The cowboy one.” Favorite celebrity Bo: How he prepares for games: “John ‘Beepsy’ Welch,” a family friend who was like a second grandfathe­r, who passed away a few years ago. He was a colonel in the army. CAROLINE BOWE Favorite book: School: Age: Athletic accomplish­ments: GPA: “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette 4.74 A junior middle-distance runner, Caroline won the Class 5 state championsh­ip in the 1,000-meter run, finished second in the 1,600 and third in the 4x800 relay. Her team also finished runner-up. Her time of 2:57.13 in the 1,000 was the best in the area this year by almost six seconds and 38th best in the country. Her time in the 1,600 was third best in the area. She won both events at the Class 5, Region B indoor meet this year, and her team was the region champion. She was named all-region in cross country last year. Midlothian 16 Walls. Favorite thing about being a student-athlete at Midlothian: “I love surroundin­g myself with people who have the same goals as I do and who have a strong work ethic, especially my team.” Best sports memory: “At the Virginia Commonweal­th Games, I ran the U.S. No. 1 time” in the 1,000. She held the best time in the country for about two weeks. “I like listening to pop, but also I have country and Christian music on my playlist.” “Hannah Montana.” “My mom.” “I like the new one with the star eyes.” It expresses a lot of her emotions. “‘Family Feud’ for sure. I feel like my family would be really good at it.” “Europe, so I could learn more about different cultures.” “Dog.” She loves being around people, and dogs are the most personable animals. Academic accomplish­ments: Caroline is a Sidekick, which is the school’s orientatio­n team, and she’s president of the Champions club, which works with Special Olympics and people with disabiliti­es. She also volunteers at various 5k races. On her playlist: Most embarrassi­ng music: Person alive she admires the most: Favorite emoji: What she’s doing while school is out: “I’m still doing schoolwork. of school work. I’m still training hard, hoping for an outdoor season.” On Monday she went for an eight-mile run, which she finished in 55 minutes. A lot If she could go on any game show: If she could travel anywhere in the world: Favorite subject: “Math.” She’s currently in dualenroll­ment precalculu­s with Ms. Williams. “I’m undecided but leaning toward If she could be any animal: Future major: business.” Dream job: First job she wanted as a kid: “Work for Nike.” If she could have dinner with anyone dead or alive: “Lifeguard, because my sisters were lifeguards, and I always looked up to them.” “Bethany Hamilton,” a surfer who suffered a shark attack. “She’s had such a positive attitude.” Her house is burning down and she can take only one thing with her: ad 101070765-08 Three words to describe her: “Positive, determined, “A jar of peanut butter.” organized.” — Eric Kolenich Scholar-athletes of the month are nominated by their coach or athletics director and are chosen by the Richmond Times-Dispatch and Richmond Sports Backers. For more informatio­n on the program, visit sportsback­ers.org/scholarshi­ps.

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