Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week - Kalista Vera

Jan 3, 2015 12:59 AM by Ross Field

This week's Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week is a fencing star who's also proven to be sharp in the classroom. Action News Now's Ross Field filed this report.

As a fifth grader, Kalista Vera knew very little about fencing until she attended an after school fencing program. Then, she was hooked. Four years later, she's now a standout among her peers.

"It's a very intense sport, it also challenges my mind. It's kind of like physical chess. I really have to think of strategy and everything," said Vera.

The 14-year-old is a member of My Fencing Center in Chico. She practices four days a week, several hours at a time. The hard work pays off. Vera has recently medaled in several competitions.

"I put my weapon out there for the other person to try and take a hold of it, however they react I'll react accordingly and hit them," said Vera.

Her instructor Doug Coronado says she's not one to let her guard down.

"She really pretty much takes care of herself and she's a really really strong young lady. She's very very confident out there on the strip. She wants to be the best fencer she can," said Coronado.

Coronado says Vera thrusts herself into challenges and has a knack for grasping things almost instantly.

"I can show her something once and she'll pick it up very quickly and then excel at it," said Coronado.

The same can be said for her scholastic endeavors.

Vera, who attends Inspire School of Arts and Sciences in Chico, is a straight A student who also finds time to do theatre and ball room dance.

Despite her busy schedule, her focus is always "on point."

"I definitely have to put a lot of work into it," said Vera.

So, for standing out athletically and academically, Kalista Vera is our Subway Scholar Athlete of the Week.


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