Angelica Ramos, a student at Waynesville High School, was recently named International Champion for soccer by the Knights of Columbus.
Ramos has been playing soccer for eight years. She has also won the State Soccer Shootout for the Knights of Columbus in 2012, 2013 and 2016. She currently plays soccer for for a youth team locally.
“I am honored to have gotten that award,” Ramos said. “My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be.”
Last year she participated in the Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge. She was chosen as the 2016 International Champion for the 14 year-old age group. Ramos was one of only two girls from Missouri selected. There were only six girls and six boys selected from Canada, Mexico, and the United States.
“The Knights of Columbus Soccer Challenge is a competition designed for players to demonstrate the most basic soccer skill – the penalty kick. Open to all boys and girls in your community, ages 9-14, where each player will be allowed 15 shots at the goal from the penalty line (12 yards from the goal). Winners progress to the district, regional, state and international levels,” the Knights of Columbus website said about the competition.
After high school, she plans on attending college where she wants to go to school for radiology. She also plans to continue playing soccer.
“She has self motivation. When she sets her mind to something she does what it takes to accomplish her goal,” Ramos’s Mother said.