BREANNA A. RITTMAN
Kaitlyn Sirmons was one of 24 students chosen to be honored at the 19th Annual FHSAA Academic All-State Banquet on June 10 in Gainesville. Sirmons is a 2013 graduate of Robert F. Munroe Day School. She applied for the award at the urging of her school’s athletic director, Susie Morris.
“I’ve been on the selection committee before, and I thought she had a shot on being selected,” Morris said.
Sirmons believes she had tough competition in being selected. So she was surprised when Morris told her made it.
“I said to her, ‘You’re kidding,’” Sirmons said. “I have a 3.94 GPA and there are students that have a perfect 4.0 GPA.”
The award is for students who have excelled both academically and athletically. Balancing the two was no problem for Sirmons. She has been active in school and the community since she was a child.
“I have always been involved and love being on the go,” Sirmons said.
Being involved is an understatement — Sirmons lettered in volleyball, basketball, softball and cheerleading while at Munroe.
“She’s very teachable and very coachable,” Morris said.
Sirmons has made those in the community such as Judge Helms proud of her. Helms is a member of FHSAA Board of Directors as one of the school board representatives. He remembers Sirmons being involved as a member of First Baptist Church.
“She’s a hard worker and an example for the young people in high school,” Helms said. “I’m very pleased.”
Sirmons is also talented musically. She plays the piano and loves to sing. Sirmons also loves serving others and enjoys going on mission trips. Her favorite mission trip is World Changers where she has been attending since she was in seventh grade.
“There’s a lot of labor,” Sirmons said. “One year I put a roof on a house.”
Sirmons will be attending Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Ga., to play softball while majoring in biology with a concentration in Health.
“I’m looking forward to college,” Sirmons said. “It’s the right school for me because I can play softball and continue growing in the Christian faith.”