Taken from an article published in the Evansville Courier and Press, July 31, 2017
From the moment her name was called, Kiara Bailey could not stop smiling.A three-sport standout at Bosse High School, Bailey was one of eight finalists for the Southern Indiana Athletic Conference Female Athlete of the Year award. However, she honestly didn’t think she would win.
It turns out that she was wrong.
Bailey, along with Castle’s Jack Nunge and Mater Dei’s Kurtis Wilderman, were honored as the SIAC Athletes of the Year during the 8th annual “Celebration of Champions” banquet Sunday afternoon at the Southern Indiana Career and Technical Center.
“I’m really honored and blessed and thankful,” said Bailey. “Just happy that I won this among so many amazing athletes.”
According to North High School principal and SIAC president John Skinner, an athlete must meet certain criteria to even be nominated. They include athletic achievements, success in the classroom and work in the community.
What sets the winner apart from the rest could be any combination of athletics and academics. For Bailey, there was quite a bit to choose from.
She was a stellar athlete in soccer, basketball and track – earning two appearances at state in the 200 meters – for the Bulldogs and earned the Kiwanis Award multiple times. She was also her class valedictorian and a finalist for the top scholar athlete in the state at the Indiana Sports Awards.
“I was actually shocked,” said Bailey, who will play soccer for the University of Southern Indiana. “It’s a big honor. It’s a trophy that shows that all of your hard work paid off.
“It makes me more excited for college. I’m going out with a bang in high school and ready to start a new chapter.”