UNION, NJ – Union High School senior Kiara Powell has been selected January’s Female Athlete of the Month, sponsored by Service Professionals.

Powell is a member of the co-ed bowling team.  She is the Union County Individual Girls Champion, achieving first place for Group 4 North 2 Sectional Tournament.  Powell rolled a 267, a high game in that tournament.

What’s your favorite part of being a high school athlete?

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My favorite part of being a high school athlete is being known.  It makes me feel like I can do this to make myself become one and that I know in my head I have to show that I am a student athlete.

Who is your favorite athlete and why?

My favorite athlete bowling-wise is Kelly Kulick.  She has taught me so much about how being humble and how to keep my head in the game just by watching her.

What are the most important attributes of being a leader?

The important things about being a leader is to have everyone follow in your footsteps and teach them the right way so they can look up to you.

What is your greatest high school accomplishment so far?

My greatest high school accomplishment so far is me becoming a Union County Champion and becoming 1st in our section to move on to states with the team.

Do you play any other sports? What’s your favorite?

No I do not play any other sports.  I used to play basketball but I stopped so bowling became my sport.

What’s your favorite subject? Why?

My favorite subject is gym because it keeps me in shape and I love being active.

If you could spend the day with anyone in the world alive or dead, who would it be?

It would be my mother and my father. My mother because she raised me to be a better person.  She taught me right from wrong.  She taught me the ways of being a leader and not a follower.   She has been through every situation I have been in whether it was good or bad.

My father because he was everything to me and then he had passed away.  To me, he is still here because he is in my heart and he was there.  I’m thankful for them both because they taught me all the good things and the perks of stuff that is going to happen when I grow up.

 What do you want to be when you grow up?

I want to be a Professional Bowler for the Women (WPBA).

What was the most difficult thing for you to overcome as a student-athlete?

The most difficult thing I had to overcome was getting my head together even though I was chosen to be the student-athlete.  The most difficult thing was the stress to keep my mind right but I manage to keep it together for myself so I know what’s coming.

What would your words of wisdom be to future UHS athletes?

My words of wisdom for future UHS athletes is to just be you and succeed at your own pase.   Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t do it. Push yourself to be bigger and better.

Who inspires you?

My mom because if it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be where I am with all the pushing and all the bowling.   She has made me a better person to tell me so I can tell myself “push harder you can do it clear your head and keep pushing yourself because you CAN do it”.

What are your plans after high school?

My plans after high school is to go to college and to become successful and become bigger and better.