COLLINSVILLE, Miss. (WTOK) West Lauderdale senior, Caroline Green, has achieved success in the classroom, in the community and on the soccer field. The midfielder has been a part of three state championships in the past four seasons – including this past year.
Lady Knights head coach, Alex George, describes Green as the “cog in the wheel” and one that leads by example.
“She’s always been the first, you know, at every practice, always been the last to leave,” he said. “Always just full of excitement and energy for every game – it didn’t matter if it was just a typical game or a very high level game or a game that pended us getting us into, you know, a state championship.”
Green’s work ethic has carried over into the her academics and additional extracurricular – boasting a 4.155 GPA and belonging to numerous organizations, such as Student Council and National Honor Society
“It’s not just about soccer, it’s also about like school and you have to have good grades to stay on the team and it’s important to do good in the classroom just like on the field,”
Green’s AP English literature and composition teacher, Shauna Waters, has seen Green’s drive in the classroom first hand.
“Her schedule is loaded,” Waters said. “She has all of these things that she’s a part of on and off the field and I think that that to me is even more important than any kind of raw talent is that drive, that absolute willingness to go above and beyond.”
Green was named the team MVP the past three seasons and served as captain her senior and junior year - the lone season her team didn’t capture the state title. But that loss and the motivation to reclaim the title has taught her a valuable lesson about work ethic.
“It’s taught me that the more time and energy you like put into something like – you’re going to get a good outcome and we worked really hard and we got that outcome,” Green said.
Green plans to attend the University of Alabama and ultimately wants to become an orthodontist.