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SPS United: Meet Kya Johnson, Senior at Kickapoo High School

May 15, 2024

Kya Johnson

"High school has been great. It’s been a very welcoming four years and a really positive four years here at Kickapoo. With Athletics, we’ve been pretty successful with both basketball and volleyball, and my coaches have been amazing. My teammates are a huge part of my career, and they’re the best. 

A lot of people think I’m just an athlete, but I’m pretty involved here in school and I’ve been extremely blessed to have a big role here at Kickapoo. I’ve been a peer mediator, I’ve been in student council since sophomore year, I’ve been in every club that I could spend my time on. I got to meet so many people and have great experiences with the student body.

Four years ago, if you had told me that I would be president and where I am today, I would’ve never believed you. But it’s been amazing. Going to state for basketball three times and volleyball twice, having five Final Four appearances in four years, it’s been amazing. Every time has been so different and I’ve learned so much. It’s been an exciting four years, but senior year with Cabinet has been so full of memories. I’ve had so much fun and grown so much as a leader, how to be a good leader, how to work with others and represent them well. I’ve learned how to hold myself to a high standard. 

I’m going to Missouri State and playing volleyball there. I’m still trying to figure out what I want to do. I’ve been a student athlete my whole life, and I didn’t know if I wanted to play volleyball or basketball, but after I visited MSU, volleyball became really clear to me as to what I would do next. I’m excited to stay close to town, close to home, close to Kickapoo, and I’m excited for this new chapter.

I’m not 100 percent positive of what I want to do, but I am thinking about political science and the history route. Sports have been a huge time commitment, but athletics have opened so many doors for me. Volleyball Nationals were in Baltimore and we got to visit D.C. and I loved it so, I know whatever I want to do, it will be somehow connected to history or political science. 

I think I’m going to miss the community at Kickapoo the most. The support system, the family I’ve been surrounded by, they’ve made me who I am. My teachers, my coaches, my leaders, my teammates, my classmates, everybody around me has pushed me and made me who I want to be. They’ve been an example for me to follow, and that’s what I’m going to miss the most in high school. I’m going to miss my support system here, but I know they’re still going to be cheering me on, on the court or on MSU’s campus. It’s really comforting to know that I have people at Kickapoo who will help me succeed with whatever comes next."