Katie Holloway has been exceptional since birth. Although she was born without a fibula in her right leg, and had her foot and ankle amputated at 20 months, Katie never viewed her condition as a handicap. Her inspirational story is about talent, courage, and an exceptional ability to overcome adversity.
Katie was active and played sports throughout her childhood, but it was in high school where she really started to excel. She was an outstanding volleyball player and in basketball as a junior she helped lead her team to the Northwest District Championship and a spot in the state tournament. Then as a senior she became a 1st team All-WESCO selection.
At the end of her high school career Cal State University Northridge offered Katie a Division I full scholarship for basketball. To that point no female amputee had ever competed on a Division I college basketball team. She did not let them down. As a freshman she was voted to the All-Big West Freshman team. In her sophomore and junior years she was voted the All-Big West Sixth Woman of the Year and as a senior along with leading the league in field goal percentage was voted to the All-Big West Second Team.
After completing her career at CSU Northridge Katie had the opportunity to join the U.S.A. Women’s Sitting Volleyball team. As would be expected of Katie her high level of achievement continued. In 2012 she was the U.S.A Women’s Sitting Volleyball Player of the Year and a nominee for the Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year. That same year at the Volleyball Masters Tournament in The Netherlands she was named the tournament MVP. She has culminated her career to this point by being awarded 2 Silver Medals for her team’s success in the London and Beijing Paralympics.
Lake Stevens High School is extremely proud to call Katie one of our own. She is everything that a Viking should be.