High school athletes choose diverse summer activities to build for their futures
With one school year in the rearview mirror and another quickly approaching, high school athletes have only so much freedom during the summer.
Instead of spending their time playing video games, going to the movies or hanging out with friends, these local athletes are finding ways to help others or build for their futures — from teaching their sports to children to learning about potential professions and more.
-- Katherine Dunn and Glenn Graham
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Katharine Milbradt, Southern soccer, swimming and tennis( Barbara Haddock Taylor, Baltimore Sun / June 20, 2013 )
Last year, Katharine Milbradt learned that working in food service wasn't her thing as far as summer jobs go. So she sought a job this summer that would come closer to what she might be interested in pursuing in college.
She found it at the American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) in Annapolis, a nonprofit organization that develops safety standards for the design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance of boats to improve boating safety.
Now in her fifth week with the ABYC, Milbradt -- who maintains a 4.25 GPA at Southern -- has mostly worked in the organization's marketing department, assisting with certified technician database integration and updating the online store. She works six-hour days Monday through Thursday, with a shorter day on Friday.
"I really enjoy working in a professional environment," said Milbradt, who has Wake Forest at the top of her list of possible colleges, with plans to study marketing or communication. "I'm interested in marketing, so having a chance to work in the marketing department here has been very interesting. I enjoy the different projects I've taken on and learning so much stuff on the computer. It's been a great opportunity."
In addition to being a three-sport athlete, Milbradt is a member of the National Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and she is involved in student government and student council. She also helped start Project Prom, which provides prom dresses for underprivileged girls.
How does Milbradt handle the packed schedule?
"Just time management," she said. "I like keeping busy."