(L to R): Mikayla Anderson and Kaitie Lindsay
Congratulations to Kaitie Lindsay, team captain of the Washington Wild 19U Rep A team, winner of the 2017 Mikayla Anderson Wild Leadership Award!
Mikayla Anderson was at the Annual General Meeting to present Kaitie with the award.
Skating in the red, white and black Washington Wild sweater for seven years, Kaitie earned the award for her academic achievement, school and community participation and service, and hockey participation and leadership.
(L to R): Mikayla Anderson, Coach McNeill, and Kaitie Lindsay
Kaitie's head coach, Lisa McNeill, said: “I’ve been lucky enough to work with Kaitie almost her entire hockey career, and I have enjoyed watching her develop into a mature, respectful and responsible individual. Her phenomenal work ethic, athletic ability, and sense of humor make her positive role model for her team and a leader on the ice.
Kaitie is not a flashy, hot-shot player with clever moves, but a dependable, hard-working, committed and cheerful player. She played an integral part in the team’s success this season, and spear-headed the fierce but fair attitude of this team, which resulted in the Wild receiving the PCAHA midget female sportsmanship banner. This group of players will definitely miss Kaitie next season for many reasons.”
Nathan Hale High School
Kaitie is a stellar student-athlete with a 3.98 GPA. Although the University of Minnesota offered her a scholarship for academic excellence, she will attend the University of British Columbia in the fall.
At Nathan Hale High School (NHHS), Kaitie serves as the Vice President of Raiders Against Destructive Decisions Club. The club works with local middle and high schools spreading awareness about the dangers of underage drinking and drug usage. She has been a club member for four years.
During her junior year she created an advanced foods class where ten students worked with disabled students at NHHS, teaching them how to prepare easy dishes they can make when they graduate and live alone.
Katie also began an AP US History Club to aid the AP students at her school because there was little support in the classrooms. The group met twice a week and studied for upcoming quizzes, caught up on reading, and reviewed past quizzes. As a senior, Kaitie participated in the unified drama program, which presented a production of Robin Hood by students with and without disabilities.
(center): Kaitie Lindsay
Kaitie volunteers at Teen Link, a peer–to-peer helpline where teens can call or chat online completely anonymously to talk about all sorts of problems.
A dancer since she was six years old, Kaitie mentored at a dance studio in her neighborhood. For the past two years, she has been engaged as an assistant teacher in younger classes. She taught two hip hop classes every week, one age 7-9 and the other age 9-11.
As a junior, Kaitie served as a camp counselor at Seattle Audubon's nature camp. She counseled at YMCA Camp Colman during the summer of her freshmen and sophomore years.
Kaitie Lindsay, Team Captain
Kaitie started playing hockey for WWFHA 7 years ago and was selected for team leadership positions for four seasons.
Kaitie competed in the PCAHA league for the past several years and was a recipient of multiple MVP awards in various tournaments throughout her career. This season her team voted her "Best Role Model".
Kaitie trained to became a Washington Wild student coach in 2015 and volunteered for WWFHA’s Try Hockey for Free events and with her younger sister’s hockey team.
University of British Columbia
Kaitie accepted her offer of admission to the University of British Columbia's Sauder School of Business. She plans to major in commerce so that she can create her own business after university. Kaitie is also eager to explore the various levels of hockey offered at UBC, which she plans to continue playing while in college.
Katie says, “I'm excited to attend UBC because they offer a really great business program, hockey opportunities, dance clubs, and I'm able to do an exchange program during my third year with McGill University. Plus, it will be great to live in Canada again.”
2017 Mikayla Anderson Wild Leadership Award
Kaitie comments on her tenure with the Washington Wild, “WWFHA has been a big part of my life and my teammates feel more like a family then a hockey team. I've watched WWFHA grow over the years and am so excited to see the increase in girls’ hockey availability. Being able to finish out my years with WWFHA as a captain of the 19U Rep A team was amazing. Holding a leadership position is a wonderful learning opportunity for anybody.
I've learned that there are more important things than winning, and being a role model to others is definitely one of them. Having people look up to you can be stressful at times, but overall there's nothing better than walking into the locker room and delivering a pump-up speech that elicits cheers from all the players. I've got a newfound respect for my coaches after these years because managing a hockey team of teenage girls is incredibly difficult.
I'm so proud of my team this year for winning the most sportsmanlike team and finishing second in our division!”
For more information on Mikayla Anderson please visit: http://www.wwfha.com/leadership-award