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Frances K.

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I am about to go through the biggest change of my life. In three short months I will move across the country and take full responsibility for my health, my academics, and college track and field.

During my first year at college, I will experience an unfathomable amount of ups and downs. I am unqualified to tell my future self how to handle the obstacles I may face because I have no idea what they will be.This is exactly what my creative piece is about. I do not know what may arise as I become independent for the first time, but there is no point in dwelling on the possible problems that might occur. If I did worry about these possibilities I would get nowhere with my life.

For this same reason, I have done track and field since I was six. Running has helped keep me healthy and I have been able to compete for twelve whole years because I do not let the possibility of getting sick stop me from exercising. Next year I am going to do college track and I am going continue to be a competitive athlete because I can be.

I have Cystic Fibrosis, but I am also so much more than that. I want to run track. I want to major in Cognitive Science and become a brain scientist. None of these dreams have to do with CF. My health should never get in the way of who I want to be.

Frances K.'s Artwork

AbbVie CF Scholar Creative Submission

Frances K.'s Achievements


  • High School Varsity Track and Field 9th - 12th grade
  • Varsity Girls Track Captain 11th and 12th grade
  • 9th grade most inspirational player, 10th grade MVP of track, 11th grade overall MVP, 12th grade overall MVP
  • Member of the USA Track and Field club Team Onalysis from 2005 to present
  • Volunteer Tutor for Bridge the Gap College Prep 10th - 12th grade
  • High School Link Crew Leader 11th and 12th grade
  • Interact Club 11th and 12th grade
  • Treasurer of Tam High School Interact community service club
  • Raised $2000 for Los Quinchos in Nicaragua and Paces for Polio
  • Intern for SAFE Skills Inc. summer between 10th and 11th grade
  • Violinist 2003 - present
  • High school orchestra 9th - 12th grade
  • Marin Symphony Youth Orchestra 9th grade
  • Judge for High School Musician Showcase Concert 12th grade
  • Compose songs on both the violin and guitar in my free time
  • Co-Founder of Learning Zone Tutoring 11th and 12th grade
  • Member of Editorial Board and Reporter for the Tam News 12th grade
  • Recipient of the MIT Leadership award for Mathematics at my high school (11th grade)
  • Young Voices of America Foundation Short Story Contest 2013, 2nd Place in High School Category
  • Scholastic Art and Writing Awards 2015: Silver Key and Honorable Mention Poetry, Honorable Mention Humor
  • Scholastic Art and Writing Awards 2014: Honorable Mention Poetry