Skyview's Jessie Kloote controls the ball in a game against Kenai earlier this month.
Photo by M. Scott Moon
Whether it’s in the classroom or in athletics, coaches and teachers don’t have to worry about Skyview senior Jesse Kloote being in the right place at the right time.
Kloote has played soccer and volleyball for the Panthers while accumulating a 3.97 grade-point average on a weighted scale.
In soccer, coach Ronnie Kier installed Kloote at forward when he took over as coach last season.
“He saw me shoot on goal and saw that I had a good foot,” Kloote said.
The move from defense to forward paid off as Kloote has proven to have a knack for the position. Kier said Kloote’s strength is being in the right spot at the right time.
“She’s not one of those forwards that’s going to beat four defenders and go top shelf,” Kier said. “She’s going to get on the right end of a cross and put it in.”
As one of the team’s three captains, Kloote also serves in a leadership capacity. Kier said Kloote is the type that leads by example.
“She’s a good leader,” said Kloote’s father, Tom. “It seems like a lot of kids look up to her.”
In volleyball, Kloote said the highlight of her career was sitting on the bench as a freshman as the Panthers won the Region III volleyball tournament with a five-game victory over Palmer on Skyview’s home floor. The Panthers then went on to take fourth place in the state tournament.
“That was definitely the most fun, being there with the seniors and getting to see how they responded to all of that,” Kloote said.
Kloote finished up her career on the court by playing some setter and a lot of defense for Skyview. In a telling sign of just how much academics mean to Kloote, she did not play volleyball her junior year because she had a bunch of challenging classes and wanted to concentrate on schoolwork.
Kloote’s parents, Pam and Tom, appreciate having a daughter that is so focused on school. Instead of encouraging her to study, at times they have had to encourage her to study less.
“During her junior year, when she was working so hard in school, we had to encourage her to put the books down and get out of the house,” Pam said. “You can only take it so far.
“There’s only so many hours in a day, and she’s learning that.”
Clark Fair, a language arts teacher at Skyview, had Kloote in an honors class as a sophomore and has her this year in an advanced placement English class.
“She is one of those people you absolutely know will get the job done,” Fair said. “She just doesn’t fail to finish what she says she is going to do.”
Fair said Kloote is a quiet student who has success without drawing a lot of attention to herself.
“I think she’s loosened up a little bit,” Fair said. “While she’s still serious about her studies, she’s realized she can have more fun as well.
“I think that’s a form of maturation.”
Kloote also finds the time to be involved with other activities at Skyview High School. This year, she is the president of the National Honor Society.
Linda Raemaeker, a social studies teacher at Skyview, said Kloote must plan meetings and help get committees organized. The NHS organizes a student of the month luncheon at Skyview for 80 people every month.
The NHS also has organized craft fairs in conjunction with Soldotna Community Schools, and a talent show at Skyview in conjunction with Community Schools and the mock trial team.
“She’s very trustworthy, gets along well with her peers, takes academically challenging courses and is very involved with her community,” Raemaeker said. “She’s a really positive person.”
Kloote also was in the Interact Club as a junior and helped with a project that sent gifts to a soldier in Iraq.
“There’s a lot of ways we can help,” she said. “I didn’t realize how far a little help can go.”
Kloote enjoys science and languages and plans to study marine biology next year at the University of Hawaii at Hilo. Kloote fell in love with the sun and water on trips with friends or family to Hawaii and Mexico.
During the summers, Kloote spends her time working at a cannery and watching Peninsula Oilers baseball games. Working at the cannery with people from other countries helped stoke Kloote’s interest in foreign languages.
“She’s an outstanding student and will do well wherever she goes,” Raemaeker said. “She’d be a great addition to any college or university.
“She’s very level-headed and mature, and also very realistic.”
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