What has been your favorite aspect of your CSS experience?
Kylie – My favorite is the sense of community. I love being able to have close connections and interactions with students from many various grade levels, as well as the close relationships with teachers.
Autumn – I have to agree with Kylie. I love the community that has been established at CSS. I know that I will sorely miss even the people who aren’t my best friends when we go to college; not seeing everyone everyday will be such a big change, but I’m happy to have been a part of this community. It has definitely been a second home to me since I came in middle school.
As young athletes what were your favorite sports?
Kylie – Soccer…that’s the only sport I ever really knew about as a kid. Even now, I don’t know too much about many other sports, and I’ve never really enjoyed watching any professional sports except soccer. We ran a couple of kids’ races when we were younger, but that pretty much died off until this last year.
Autumn – Definitely soccer. We’ve played soccer since kindergarten, and at one point our dad was even our coach. We were on the same team nearly every year. I think there were two years where we were on separate teams, but besides that, we’ve been together.
Can you describe your most memorable moment in Kodiaks athletics?
Kylie – The most memorable moment, at least for me, is when I got a yellow card during our first game during my junior year. Honestly, it just surprised me, and at the time I found it humorous that that was the first game of the season. Although soccer stands out the most for me, my brief senior-year stint on the cross country team standsout, especially when our team qualified for State and I ran my fastest time on the course with lots of fans in the crowd. Never would I have imagined that I’d ever be running cross country, and although I learned I don’t really enjoy running, I still am surprised at the wonderful sense of community and the sense of achievement, especially in the State meet.
Autumn – I have had a lot of fun playing soccer for CSS. I did play volleyball for a couple years in middle school, and I ran cross country this year. Although I have had many amazing memories from soccer, I will never forget the feelings cross country provided me. I remember the race for the Black Forest League Title where we not only won first place as a team, but I made a personal record, got 4th place, and beat the Peyton runner that I had marked to beat for the team tally. I overtook her in the straight away, or the chute, for the win. I remember running through the finish lines and excitedly telling Kate, “I got her!” Although running cross country might have been the most physical suffering I have ever endured, the results were worth the pain, and made success feel so much better, as cheesy as that sounds.
What has been your most disappointing time or event at CSS? Why?
Kylie – Quite frankly, I’d say that now is the most disappointing time for me. I’ve played soccer for 23 seasons, not counting any winter indoor seasons, so it’s disappointing that my last season doesn’t seem like it’s going to take place. Also, my last game was a game I played pretty badly in at the end of my junior year. It is what it is, though, and I still have a lot to be grateful for even now.
Autumn – I agree. It’s very disappointing that we can’t have a regular, last soccer season, or perform Fiddler on the Roof as planned. That’s very disappointing, especially for the seniors who won’t get another shot at that. We are all definitely still hoping to have some bit of this happen. But overall, we are definitely all holding out hope for graduation. Either way, it is what it is, and we’ve had a great time at CSS.
What legacy would you like to leave at CSS, both as an athlete and a member of the community?
Kylie – I hope that I’ve made positive contributions to all aspects of CSS in which I’ve been involved. I’ve obviously spent quite a bit of time with the soccer team, and I hope I’ve helped make it a positive experience for other people on the team throughout the years, particularly for new players.
Autumn – I hope that people remember me as a positive role model. I work hard, and I try my best to always do the right thing, and I hope that inspires other people to do the same whether in the classroom, on the soccer field, or anywhere in between.
What other interests have you explored while at CSS and how have they made an impact?
Kylie – I spent a lot more time in theater than I had thought I would, particularly in the role of stage manager which I like to say I stumbled upon. I’ve also participated in quite a few different clubs, some of my favorites being National Honor Society (NHS) and Forum. Both of these have particularly encouraged my sense of community, leadership, and for NHS, my desire to serve in my community.
Autumn – I have thoroughly enjoyed all my time in the theater department. I am happy that I’ve tried both backstage and onstage, and loved them both, because it gives me a great picture of theater as a whole. It helps me recognize the teamwork that goes into theater productions and how everyone gives their best. I also have spent a fair bit of time with NHS. Being in NHS has inspired me to do more community service and has made volunteering a part of my life.
In what interests outside of CSS have you been invested?
Kylie – Club soccer for quite some time, service with Care and Share and other organizations, and my summer job: working on my aunt’s food truck “Go Fish.” Besides that, my main passion is climbing mountains. My current goal is to climb all 54 fourteeners in Colorado, of which I’ve climbed 21 thus far.
Autumn – I have no one thing that I do. For a while, club soccer was a big part of my life, but now I have more time for smaller things. I enjoy baking and cooking, and I do that often. I also like to read and write.
What are your plans for next year? Will you each pave your own path or choose to stay together in college?
Kylie – Right now, I’m not quite sure. I applied to a large number of colleges and have narrowed my choices down to three really great small liberal arts colleges (Washington and Lee, Whitman, and Kenyon). None of them are where my sister is going, so I guess we’re going separate ways!
Autumn – I’m happy to say I’ve committed to Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois, where I will also be playing on their women’s soccer team. I’m very excited for the changes this will bring come fall. As studies go, I’m not sure what my path will be, but my current end goals are either a career in education or in medicine, specifically pediatrics.
How have your parents supported your CSS career?
Kylie – I’d say it’s the fault of my parents that we ended up at CSS after our public elementary education, and I’m very grateful for that. They’ve always driven us to and fro (I’m thinking of late night theater rehearsals) and made sure we aren’t constantly working. And of course, cheering us on at every sporting event. Thank you!
Autumn – I can probably count with my fingers the number of sporting events and other activities my parents haven’t been at in all my years of playing. They are so supportive of everything we do, and I’m glad they made it possible for us to attend CSS. We definitely could not be where we are without them and their constant love and support.
What advice would you give to any incoming CSS student and why?
Kylie – I’d tell them to try something new. I never imagined I’d be running cross country, but I’m so glad I did. The same goes for being stage manager during musicals and being in Advanced Art class this year. And if you don’t like something you’ve tried out, that’s okay. I’ve certainly joined clubs for just a year, decided they weren’t really for me, and found something new to do instead.
Autumn – One of the most important things anyone can do is give other people a second chance. Or a third. Or a fourth. I made it my goal when I got to high school to forget any grudges, judgements, or anything else I held against my classmates, and doing so has allowed me to become really good friends with people I barely knew in middle school. It’s a powerful thing to forgive and forget, and as hard as that might be, it is well worth the effort.
What makes you most proud about being a Kodiak?
Kylie – The community. I’m proud of who we are and the supportive community that strives to help every student to find success, like in academics, athletics, or other extracurriculars.
Autumn – I love that everyone does everything. It’s one of my favorite parts of CSS. It makes me proud to see my peers do well in multiple arenas, such as the sports field, a theater stage, or in the classroom. I love how multi-faceted our community is, and it makes me proud to be a part of it.
What is your favorite quote and why?
Kylie – If I had to pick one of my favorite quotes, I’d say that it’s either “Do not go gentle into that good night, / Rage, rage against the dying of the light” from Dylan Thomas, or “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire” by Jennifer Lee. Both of these quotes encourage living life to the fullest, working hard, and accomplishing your goals — all things I aspire to do.
Autumn – “‘What if I fall?’ / Oh but my darling, what if you fly?” This quote is from a poem by Erin Hanson, and I like it because it holds so many meanings: self-confidence, hope, what-if’s. It channels self-doubt into something positive, which is something I try to do.
What is your favorite thing about your twin sibling?
Kylie – I’d like to say that she’s sometimes the better version of me. Her work ethic has always encouraged me to work harder, particularly because she always does slightly better than me in school.
Autumn – Kylie is much more adventurous than me which is something I admire. I am much more of a homebody, but Kylie enjoys being out and doing things. Sometimes I wish I was more like her in that sense.
What do you two have in common and what sets you apart?
Kylie – Well, we look pretty similar; people always find it funny that I often can’t tell us apart in pictures. I’d say that we also have a lot of the same interests, we’re both hyper-organized, love school and soccer. Besides that, we have very different personalities and thinking styles.
Autumn – A lot of our interests are the same when it comes to school, soccer, and theater. I think that our career paths are going to be different even though Kylie doesn’t know what she wants to do, and our personalities in some aspects are near opposites.
What lessons are you taking away from the Covid-19 experience?
Kylie – After our Covid-19 experience is over, I’ll certainly not take everyday interactions and memories for granted. I’ve always tried to appreciate and be grateful for the little things, but that gratitude will only be magnified after this is all over.
Autumn – I think as a human race, COVID-19 is teaching us a lot about finding our humanity. I want to use what I’ve learned from this experience to be more present in life and truly appreciate the people and the world around me.
How do you envision the Class of 2020 making a larger impact on the world?
Kylie – I hope that everyone will reach for the stars. I believe that we’re a very ambitious group of young people who strive for the best and have the potential to make great changes and differences in our world.
Autumn – I envision a lot of great things coming from our class. We are all interested in so many different things, and I’m excited to see what comes of it. We are entering the “real world” at a strange time, and I think we will do wonderful things for ourselves, our families, and the world as a whole.