Summarized by Eileen Bell
LDS Student Featured in Seattle Times
Seattle WA Times 4Jun00 P2
By Tan Vinh
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -- This 17 year old LDS dynamo astounds her
parents, family, and friends with her accomplishments! Kelly
Lisbakken is accomplished in studies and passionate about her sports.
With a perfect grade point average after taking all possible honors
courses at her Mercer Island High School, Kelly also received perfect
marks on her college entrance exams (SAT).
So what does she do in her downtime? Well... she starts every school
day by attending LDS seminary classes. And, because there were no
more math classes for her take at school, she picked up a calculus
class at a nearby college. "There are so many people with ridiculous
potential, but it comes down to what you are willing to put in," says
the super-achieving teen.
But wait... there's more!!! Does she relax during summer vacation?
Not Kelly! That was just time she could spend taking classes at
Oxford University, where she picked up A's in economics, politics,
and molecular medicine.
This doesn't mean she spends all her time with her nose in a book.
She's a starter on three soccer teams in her area, and has been
recruiter by a dozen college coaches.
Kelly's interest in fashion design landed her fourth place nationally
at the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) Nationals
What's next for a girl who's conquered all she's taken on? She'll
attend Princeton where she's planning to double-major in computer
and chemical engineering, and do a minor in astrophysics. Oh yes,
and play soccer.
"I take joy in everything I do in life. I mean, as soon as you start
unhappy, then it becomes painful and frustrating."