Some people have asked Scecina senior Cecilia Linn for her autograph.
Is she a celebrity? Kind of.
Cecilia is a Scecina soccer player who was featured in a recent front-page story in The Criterion, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
“I got a lot of phone calls that night (when the story was published). And people at church had copies of the newspaper with them,” said Cecilia, who attends St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in downtown Indianapolis. A few even asked Cecilia to sign the newspapers.
The newspaper story, “Faith and sports: a winning combination in the lives of high school student-athletes,” profiled Catholic high school students who play sports.
Although she doesn't think of herself as a celebrity, it's a good sign that a good student who serves her school, church and community is a celebrity in some circles
Cecilia is “a model Catholic student,” Scecina Athletic Director Jason Kehrer told the newspaper. “She leads by example with her Catholic faith, she helps out at school and she does a lot of charity work.”
Her charity work includes helping prepare sandwiches with her family every Sunday after Mass at St. John’s Garden Door ministry for the homeless.
“I’ve been doing that since I was really little,” she said. “It helps feed a lot of people who don’t have much.”
At Scecina, she’s an annual recipient of the President’s Academic Excellence Award for students in the top 10 percent of their class and/or a 4.0 grade point average or higher. She takes Advanced Placement and Honors courses. She participates in Key Club and Student Ambassadors and plans to take part in A Promise to Keep this year.
Her Scecina soccer experience, which was the focus of the newspaper story, is a big part of her life.
“Soccer is definitely one of my favorite parts about Scecina,” she said. “We get a new team every year, because people leave and freshmen come in, so you have to learn how to work with new people.”
Win or lose, she told The Criterion, she tries to stay positive and be a leader, especially for younger players.
At Scecina, she really loves the small school atmosphere. “Everybody knows everybody,” she said. “I’m close to a lot of the teachers. That’s why I want to be a teacher.”
You can read the Criterion story by clicking here.