By Marc LaRocque TAUNTON DAILY GAZETTE
TAUNTON — She's on a roll. After 10 years of practice and determination, A Taunton woman earned a national roller skating title, and is now looking forward to a world championship competition in Taiwan.
Katelyn Rodgers, an 18-year-old Coyle and Cassidy graduate, recently came back from Albuquerque, N.M., with the first-place title for the Junior World Class team dance competition as part of the USA Roller Sports 2013 Figure National Championship.
"It was very emotional," said Rodgers, who was in her 10th national artistic roller skating competition. "My partner and I were both crying after we won. It was a lot of fun."
Katelyn Rodgers (AP/ TAUNTON DAILY GAZETTE)
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Team USA Years: This is my first year!
Hometown: Taunton, MA
Current residence: Newton Center, MA
When did you begin skating: This is my 12th year
Current skating club/ Coaches name: Silver City Skating Club/Anthony DaPonte
Occupation, current employer: full-time college student
High school attended: Coyle and Cassidy High School
Year of graduation: 2013
Location of high school: Taunton, MA
College attended: Boston College
Year of graduation: 2017
Degree/major: applied psychology/human development with minor is sociology
Other college activities: campus ministry lector, swing dance, big brother big sister, 3 sap programs
Other awards, honors, and statistics in skating: 10 nationals, 14 national placements
Life Goals: to receive my doctorate and find a good job then create a family all while still skating and becoming a coach
Career goals: to become a criminal psychologist for the FBI
Favorite sports figure: Melissa Comin de Candido
Favorite food before a competition: pasta
Favorite movie: Silver Linings Playbook
Favorite place to shop: Kohl’s
Favorite music to listen to during training or competition: country music!
Favorite hobbies: reading, listening to music, spending a lot of time with my friends
If you could pick one word to describe you, what would it be: independent because I enjoy being in control of my life and the events going on around me
What makes you a unique and special person: I have a very unique personality that makes it easy for me to get along well with children
Who is the person you most admire/greatest influence in your life and why: My Nana was a tremendous influence in my life because she was a very smart, strong, and independent woman who cared a lot about me and was a great role model.
Father’s name: Raymond
Father’s occupation: retired
Mother’s name: Anne
Mother’s occupation: Department of Corrections
Brothers: 2 half-brothers
Sisters: 1 half-sister