White Lake Lakeland's Katie White has been on a mission so far this season on the ski slopes.
"This Week's Life Starters", which received a total of 2,933 votes (61.32%), was voted "Best Person". Guangzhou hockey player Paul Maurrell runner 1818 (38.01%).
White led the Hawks to a 6-0 start in the Southeastern Michigan Ski Alps, including this week's wins at Heartland (27-58) and Birmingham Marianne (30-43), starting with the Great Obstacle Course 37.84), ranking second in the Big Swing (41.93).
Last week, White took first place in both events against Milford (36-40) and Bloomfields Sacramento (40-40).
Last year she won 1st overall statewide honors at Nob, Nob, and finished eighth in the surfing and gyms. She was runner up in the mountains. Slalom in the Brighton area and fifth place for the GS.
White is also a member of the Lakeland Equestrian team, started skiing at the age of three, and began participating in the NASTAR event a few years later.
"I joined different coaching teams, which has definitely helped me grow," White said. "I hope to continue skiing as a sport. I'm not sure what I'll do as far as competing, but I'm going to make sure skiing is going to be a part of my life."
White is also academic excellence. She is a member of the National Honor Society and currently has an average of 3.66 points.
White said: "My favorite class right now is A.P. psychology, but I'm more into arts and stuff like that rather than math, I guess".
White's goal: "This season, I hope to become a 'nation again', to be honest, to do my best, and I think I know I have invested the work I need, which is most satisfying to me. Some raindrops, but so far we have had good training, our coaches have been helping us, and I think this year the team is really improving and committed to doing well this year. "
Coach Sue Wiberg on White: "She's just really maturing this year and is determined unlike any other skier out there this year, I think. She's just a strong competitor. She has that determination written all over her. Here personality off the race course . . . she's just any easy going teenager having fun, and then once she gets out on that race course her face says that determination."
On winning Athlete of the Week: "I was really happy about it," White said. "My family was really into it. I was really into it. I'm really thankful I ended up being nominated for that. I was really surprised to be on it in the first place."
Information from: Brad Emons, hometownlife.com