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Kirsten Bootes of Holly Springs is N&O’s scholar-athlete of the week

Holly Springs’ Kirsten Bootes (left) controls the ball while Panther Creek's Courtney Cash pursues her during the girls soccer game in Holly Springs on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. The game ended in a 1-1 tie after overtime.
Holly Springs’ Kirsten Bootes (left) controls the ball while Panther Creek's Courtney Cash pursues her during the girls soccer game in Holly Springs on Wednesday, March 26, 2014. The game ended in a 1-1 tie after overtime. The News & Observer 2014 File Photo

Kirsten Bootes

Holly Springs High School

GPA: 4.6

Athletics: Varsity soccer

Favorite course: AP U.S. History

World’s biggest problem: Apathy. People don’t choose career paths that they are passionate about and too many people give up their dreams for a mediocre life. We aren’t aware enough about what goes on outside of our circles and people are too hesitant to make a ripple in the world.

I was fascinated to learn: That time is relative, your perception of time can be different based on the circumstances you’re in and the forces you’re subjected to.

Most inspiring teacher: Holly Springs AP Literature teacher Jennifer Greene. The workload is challenging but she doesn’t hold our hand through the process.

A book that impacted me: East of Eden by John Steinbeck taught me that we have free choice; we may either choose to fall into darkness or to triumph over it.

It is hard to believe that: Genocide could ever occur. It is so ignorant to believe that someone’s life isn’t worth as much as yours.

What epitomizes a good American: The desire to help others.

Favorite charity: InterAct, support for victims of child abuse, domestic violence, and rape

Inspiring life: Joseph Freeman, a survivor of the death marches at Auschwitz

Ideal guest list: Jay Adams, Alexander Ebert, and Stephen Hawking

Something I enjoy that would surprise people: Grocery shopping

I wish I had been there for: A Beatles concert. I want to see the excitement and mass hysteria around one of their performances

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