Thomas Jefferson High School senior Kenya Cruz, wrestling, was selected as the Federal Way Mirror Female Athlete of the Week for March 25.
Q: What is your favorite subject/class in school?
A: Nursing class at Puget Sound Skills Center.
Q: What additional activities/hobbies do you enjoy?
A: Working out, going on hikes, playing soccer and running track.
Q: Person who has helped you succeed the most?
A: My Mom.
Q: What is the best advice you’ve been given when it comes to your sport?
A: “Believe in yourself.”
Q: Describe your pre-match ritual:
A: I have a talk and strategize with my coaches, making sure my head is clear and in the right mindset. I warm up and think about what I will do in my match. Finally, I say a little prayer.
Q: What is your favorite post-match meal?
Q: Song you currently can’t stop listening to?
A: “Shilo” by EBK JaayBo.
From the sidelines: TJHS senior Kenya Cruz has battled through a torn ACL and a transition to a new school to accomplish a 6th place finish at the state championship meet. She was not considered a state contender, but through hard work, determination and a belief in the team program, she accomplished her goal of becoming a state placer. Kenya is well-deserving of being Athlete of the Week.