Alexa King, a 2010 graduate of Henry County High School, will be a senior at Berea College this fall. King is a pole vaulter for the Berea track team and intends to run cross country for the Lady Mountaineers this fall for the first time since her freshman year.
King, who ran track and cross country at Henry County, has a personal best of 9’3” in the pole vault and was the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion this year. King has vaulted as high as 9’6” in practice.
King has enjoyed her time at Berea and appreciates the fact that Berea has allowed her to pursue her athletic interests, but understands the value of an education from a school with Berea’s academic reputation. “I think Berea is different from the norm. A lot of students go to school thinking about the social life, but at Berea you have to focus on the academics,” she said. “I expected that because my brother Joey went to school at Berea and he prepared me for that.
“It’s been great because Berea focuses on academics and they are good about helping student-athletes. The coaches are very accommodating to academics as well.”
King had an amazing experience recently because of her studies at Berea College. “I went to Honduras in May as part of a biology class I was taking. I went scuba diving and dove 50 times doing research. I did reef surveys and identified over 250 fish. “The data was sent to the Reef Organization. I swam with dolphins and saw sea turtles and nurse sharks along with many other species.”
For King, like many student-athletes, the toughest adjustment to college athletics was learning to balance all of her activities. At Berea all students are in a work-study program that helps pay their tuition.
“I think the biggest adjustment was learning to focus on eating healthy, going to bed early and managing my time and energy for academics, athletics and work,” she said. “Because of that I am probably better prepared for life after college. I highly recommend Berea if you want to be prepared for life.
“I learned a lot from athletics that will help me in the future in terms of health, time management and self-discipline.”