While many athletes have made headlines for what they have done on the field, one Boise State athlete is making waves for her performance off the field.
Senior track and field athlete Kate Jette is putting the “student” in student athlete.
Jette was recently named a Top Ten Scholar, the highest academic honor a Boise State undergraduate student can achieve.
To be considered for the award, a student must have at least a 3.8 grade point average and be nominated by their respective deans.
“That was really exciting and one of the greatest things that has ever happened to me,” Jette said.
Academic accolades are something that Jette has grown accustomed to during her time as a Bronco.
In her career, Jette has earned All-MW Academic honors, All-MW Cross Country Academic honors and an All-WAC Academic freshman Honoree Award.
“I have worked really hard in the classroom in the five years I have been here,” Jette said. “To see all the hard work pay off and be honored is a really great feeling.”
She owes it all to a few simple things.
“I have been very strict with myself,” Jette said. “When I get home, I always make sure I get all my homework done and organize my time well.”
Jette has been able to accomplish all of this while battling injuries over the last two years, which kept her out of track and field.
During her junior year she had a bone removed from her ankle.
Last year she had a cyst growing in the arch of her foot. The doctors had to surgically fuse two bones together.
“I literally didn’t walk for three months and my calf was the size of my forearm,” Jette said. “I had to build all that muscle up by doing physical therapy three times a week for the whole summer.”
Now back, and in her final stretch of her collegiate career, Jette hopes she can end her career on a high note.
“I would like to get personal records and better all my times,” Jette said. “More importantly I would just like to be here for my team by being a good teammate.”
After graduation Jette plans on enrolling at Oregon State in the fall to pursue a masters in secondary education.
While she has been through a lot during her time here, Jette is grateful for all the opportunities she received at Boise State.
“I am proud of who I am after having gone through all those experiences,” Jette said. “I used all of that to fuel me into getting me where I am today and I am ready for the next chapter of my life.”