ANNE EICKSTADT PHOTO Belvidere Daily Republican
Flanked by her parents, Ana and Jason Parsons, Kaylee Parsons signs a Letter of Intent to play soccer at Minnesota State University-Moorhead.

By Anne Eickstadt


Family, friends, classmates, and teammates gathered together in the Forum Room at Belvidere North High School on Wednesday, Jan. 31. They were there to support Kaylee Parsons in her decision to sign a Letter of Intent to play soccer at Minnesota State University-Moorhead.

Parsons graduated BNHS in December. Several of her soccer coaches over the years, including her father, spoke of her skills and dedication to the game. She earned a place on the school Honor Roll all four years. She was president of the local chapter of the Best Buddies program which pairs disabled children with non-disabled children. (The response at BNHS was heart-warming.) She was on the Student Council, volunteered at Bravehearts, and was active in numerous other volunteer groups throughout high school.

She was on the BNHS varsity soccer team for three years, became the Team Captain in 2017, and won the Team Captain award. The BNHS team was undefeated in NIC-10. Her hard work is being paid off as she goes on to play at the next level in college.

“It’s like the Oscars or the Grammies,” said her father, Jason Parsons. “Her mom and I congratulate Kaylee on graduating early. We are impressed at how you can balance all your extracurricular activities while maintaining your high grades. We’re proud of you. Your passion and dedication to the game is inspiring.

“So many memories were created in this adventure and now you are going on to another adventure. This one went by way too quickly for us. You are ready for this next step. I couldn’t have messed up too badly if you have turned out like this.”

“Kaylee is a very caring person,” her mother, Ana Parsons, said. “She is always thinking about others, working very hard, and volunteering whenever she can. It makes her stronger. Three Christmases ago, she wanted to do more volunteering and we found Bravehearts. She would give up a day with her friends to go over to Bravehearts and help out.

“Her teachers have motivated her, especially Mrs. Eileen Martinson. She motivated Kaylee to

For complete article, pick up the Feb. 7 Belvidere Daily Republican.

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