Leadership is the focus of John Hardin High School junior Katie Lewis’ school career.

Many of her school activities focus on leading in business and in life.

The 16-year-old has played soccer since she was 6 and is captain of the girls’ varsity soccer team at John Hardin.

She credits her soccer coach, Erik Krivitsky, to what has kept her in soccer during high school.

“He teaches on the soccer field and off,” she said.

Krivitsky said Lewis is “incredibly hard working.”

“Whether it’s in the classroom or on the field, she is always trying to be the best version of herself that she can be,” he said. “She leads by example in all that she does and is a great example of what a student-athlete should strive to be.”

One of the things Lewis enjoys being involved with the most in school is DECA, a business and marketing club.

“I get so much joy out of it,” she said.

Through DECA, Lewis said she gets to compete and it helps teach a professional attitude as well as how to react in business situations.

The club also has given her leadership opportunities.

She started as an officer her sophomore year, eventually becoming the club’s president. Lewis also has served as a Region 3 vice president for two years and was just elected as a state officer.

“It has by far been the most influential part of high school for me,” she said.

Through DECA, she helped open the John Hardin General Store. It’s a store that is open before and after school to offer things such as snacks at cheaper prices for the students. Lewis enjoys the marketing and management side to that activity.

It’s a project, Lewis said, to teach business and management to students so they’ll have experience in how to manage a business.

Although she’s involved in a business-focused organization in high school, her future goal it to be a nurse practitioner or dermatologist. But she said business knowledge applies there, too, especially if she opens her own practice.

“It’s really important to teach you how to survive after high school and learn some crucial skills,” she said.

Lewis is involved in other clubs in high school as well, including BETA club, I Lead EC3, Youth Leadership and Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy.

The Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy is only open to soph­omores and juniors and involvement requires an application process, she said.

The purpose is to help teens get involved in the community and become leaders. Through that organization, Lewis has been able to do various community service projects.

She’s also a part of the Early College Academy at EC3 to take college classes.

“Katie has always been an independent thinker who is self-motivated,” her mother, Angela Lewis, said. “As parents, we couldn’t be more proud of the choices she has made taking on several leadership roles and serving other students and her community.“

Lewis feels it’s important to become involved in many activities while in high school. But for her, it’s not about building a college resume.

“It gives you an opportunity to learn about things within the community,” she said. “And helps you learn how to react when you are out of the high school atmosphere.”

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270-505-1740 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com.