It was 2014 and our social media was dominated by videos of people dumping buckets of ice water on themselves to raise awareness for ALS. The top selling album of the year was Taylor Swift’s “1989”, but Sam Smith, Run the Jewels, and Ed Sheeran also made waves musically. Some of the top movies included Guardians of the Galaxy, Interstellar, John Wick, and Hunger Games Mockingay Part 1. It was also a great year at Damonte Ranch High School. Football made it to the playoffs, so did volleyball. Our girls basketball team made it to the playoffs and picked up their first playoff road win in program history. Damonte sent a number of wrestlers to state and our baseball team went on a late season run, making it to state! The track teams had quite a year, more on that below, and there were a number of distinguished graduates. Over time I hope to reintroduce our Battle Born Preps readers to a number of them including this one, Kaylie Calder.
DRHS Sports – Kaylie swam her freshman year, ran cross country freshman through junior year, ran track sophomore through senior year, and cheered her senior year
After Graduation - After graduating Kaylie went to NEVADA and studied psychology. She also cheered for two years for the University of Nevada.
Favorite Mustang Memory – “My favorite Damonte memory would be breaking the track and field 4x4 record, and the 4x2 record as well, as well as our women’s team winning the NIAA regional meet overall my senior year.”
What Are You Doing Now – “I am still in Reno, interning as a substance abuse counselor and preparing to go back for grad school next year.”
What Did Your Time At Damonte Teach You – “My time at Damonte taught me that as fun and difficult that high school can be... it doesn’t define the person who you will become.”
Do You Have Advice For Current DRHS Student-Athletes – “My advice for current DRHS students would be to make the most of your time there. You only get to do it once and it will be over before you know it. Make as many memories as you can. If you’re an athlete, work as hard as you can. Push yourself, especially when you don’t feel like it. You don’t want to look back on high school and wish you could have given more of yourself. For students in general-try out for that sport/team you’ve always wanted to be a part of, go to that dance or game you’re thinking about ditching, get involved with leadership/art/drama- whatever it may be, [and] THANK YOUR TEACHERS- they really just want the best for you, and enjoy the freedom you have now. Pretty soon you’ll realize that adulting isn’t all it’s made out to be and you will be missing these carefree days. Trust me... you’ll know what I mean.
One teacher at Damonte described Kaylie as kind, hard-working, and constantly positive. Thank you, Kaylie, for taking the time to update your DRHS community on where you are at now!