Staying busy never has been a problem for Carie Kuehn.
Kuehn, a senior, has been involved with just about every activity offered at Prince of Peace, including a pair of sports, and she credits that diversity with helping her maintain a near-4-point grade-point average and manage her Type 1 Diabetes.
She doesn’t plan to start taking it easy once she graduates, either. Tuesday, Kuehn sign a letter of intent to play both volleyball and basketball at Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids. She also plans to have a double major and double minor in college.
“I enjoy everything I do,” Kuehn said.
She does a lot.
“Being in sports helps me,” said Kuehn, who carries a 3.976 grade-point average and has participated in speech, band and Quiz Bowl. “I know I have to get it done and get it done now. I might procrastinate more (without sports).”
One reason Mount Mercy stood out above other schools was it gave her the opportunity to continue playing two sports.
“It works out well for us,” Mount Mercy volleyball coach Rick Blackwell said. “Coach (Aaron) Jennings and I get along well. Kids can continue to do things they love. Coach Jennings doesn’t have to worry about his kids when they’re out for volleyball, and I don’t have to worry about my kids when they’re out for basketball.”
Kuehn said Mount Mercy finished ahead of Grinnell, Central and Simpson went it came to making her selection.
“I applied to a lot of schools,” she said. “I really wanted to play sports. I liked the Mount Mercy coaches. I liked the programs. I saw a couple of games. They offered me a lot of money, and scholarships were important to get.”
Kuehn said she planned to major in biology and outdoor conversion and minor in Spanish and communications.
Both of her future coaches say she should fit right in to their programs.
“We think Carie is a very versatile player,” Jennings said. “She’ll be a wing or a 2-3 type of player for us. She can attack the basket, and the way we play, we think she can be aggressive on defense and help us in the press.”
The Mustangs are coming off a 27-9 basketball season that included advancing to the Elite Eight.
Blackwell’s volleyball team had a 21-12 record last fall.
“I think she will be a pretty good fit with our team,” he said. “Our projections are we’re hoping she’ll be a solid defensive specialist.”
Kuehn said Prince of Peace gave her a solid foundation in all areas, including sports.
“The main thing from playing here that I got was the feeling of team,” she said. “My teammates are all people I will never forget. (Sports) helped with my confidence. I was really shy, and you have to have confidence to be in sports.”
Sports also helped her deal with Diabetes.
“My freshman year I was not paying attention to it a lot; I wasn’t focused,” she said. “I didn’t play well in a game and got home and realized my blood sugar was high. That freaked me out.
“Sports has helped me monitor it more closely.”