December 28, 2017

Outstanding Student: Kara Funke 

1.2 min read| Published On: December 28th, 2017|

By Akers Editorial

Outstanding Student: Kara Funke 

1.2 min read| Published On: December 28th, 2017|

Photo: Fred Lopez

Age 18 // Art major at Mississippi State University


Vital Stats:

Daughter of Marcelle and Todd Funke of Groveland.

2017 Leesburg High School graduate.

Was a regional qualifier for girls’ track at LHS.

Won the National Gold Key Award for sculpture from Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, where more than 330,000 works of art and writing were submitted in 2017.


My life since Leesburg High School: I am on the team here at Mississippi State. I have a scholarship to run cross country, the indoor track, and outdoor track teams. I am also currently taking three art classes so I can try to get into the graphic design program.

What I do for fun: I love to run, paint, surf, shoot my bow and arrow, and read books.

Favorite fast food: Chick-Fil-A sandwich.

What I miss from home: My family, friends, cats, and the ocean.

My passions: I have a passion for running and God. And I’m obsessed with dogs and the ocean.

Goals for the future: To make the Olympics. I also want to open a cafe one day, where I feature my own art.

Pet peeve: People who don’t cover their mouths when they sneeze. And stepping in a puddle of water while wearing socks.

If I could have dinner with anyone living or dead, it would be: Jenny Simpson because she is an inspiration to all runners, and she is my running idol; she is an Olympian, and she is a Floridian.

Personal philosophy: My personal philosophy for life is to always stay humble. I want to focus on making myself better, and never thinking that I am better.

My inspiration in life: Jesus Christ.

Favorite quote: “Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”—former UCLA basketball coach John Wooden.

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