Program: Associate in Science
Kaitlin Becherer knows the true meaning of giving both on and off the soccer field.
The 20-year-old midfielder from Granite City had a successful high school athletics career that has included soccer, track, basketball, swimming and volleyball, and has continued her success into college.
This fall, she helped the Trailblazers women’s soccer team win the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region 24 championship game.
Becherer also has made the dean’s list each semester at Lewis and Clark for the last two years.
Yet, with all of her academic and athletic accomplishments, she said it was a mission trip to Haiti in January that has been one of the most inspiring moments in her life so far.
Becherer and her church group worked with children at orphanages and schools and helped feed 1,000 children. Along they way, she shared a bit of her Trailblazers spirit by giving some of the children Lewis and Clark soccer jerseys.
“This trip was life changing for me. I saw things I could never imagine and realize I am thankful for the life God has given me,” Becherer said. “Mostly I learned there is no greater gift than to give to others. The children stole my heart. They appreciate everything and were very loving.”
After earning her associate degree at L&C, Becherer plans to attend Fontbonne University in the fall where she hopes to play soccer while working on a bachelor’s degree, with the goal of becoming a dietician.