Catherine Compton is returning to her roots.
The Moffat County High School senior was born in Dallas, and after living in Craig the past six years, she is returning to the Lone Star State for college.
The teen with an effervescent smile recently chose Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene, Texas, to continue her soccer career and pursue an interest in speech and language pathology.
HSU, a Division III private Christian school, served as a sort of happy medium between Catherine and her parents, Rod and Ann.
"My parents wanted me to go to a Christian school, and I really wanted UT (University of Texas)," Compton said. "I knew that HSU rocked in soccer, so we kind of compromised."
The 5-foot-3-1/2 inch Comp-
ton graduates from MCHS today and was a varsity cheerleader and soccer player all four years as a Bulldog.
Shortly after being born in Dallas, Catherine and her family moved to Houston, where Rod was an associate pastor until Catherine's sixth-grade year.
"I was born into the church, really," she said. "When we moved here we didn't know anyone. I cried for three months. At first it was really hard, but now I like how the deer come in your yard. And I like the snow, too."
Because HSU is a private school, it cannot offer Compton a scholarship or financial assistance.
Compton heads to Texas in early August to begin her collegiate career and is on the recruiting roster under the guidance of coach Marcus Wood.
"He sent me a 'Winner's Manual' to help me stay in shape, and I've read that the team is really good," she said. "They seem to have a lot of chemistry and are like 'Remember the Titans' football squad -- more of a family than team. It's going to be hot there. I don't think I'll be homesick, but I will probably be parents' sick. I am more of a daddy's girl."