Kat Thompson, a Moffat County High School senior, said her favorite aspect of performing is being able to have a moment on stage. When Thompson’s not performing, she keeps busy with numerous school clubs as well as working as a sales associate at Maurices.

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Kat Thompson, a Moffat County High School senior, said her favorite aspect of performing is being able to have a moment on stage. When Thompson’s not performing, she keeps busy with numerous school clubs as well as working as a sales associate at Maurices.

Balancing work and passion

It seems no matter what Kat Thompson adds to her schedule, she is never overwhelmed.

Thompson, a Moffat County High School senior, is part of the high school’s National Honor Society as well as the yearbook committee.

After school, she’s usually working on the next MCHS theater production, working as a sales associate at Maurices, or finding time to sing the national anthem at Bulldog sporting events.

This year, she's also competing in the Distributive Education Clubs of America, or DECA, earning a trip to the state competition after only competing twice.

And, lest we forget, Thompson was named the MCHS homecoming queen during football season.

“I have to learn to work with my schedule,” she said. “I try to schedule my stuff so I can focus on one thing so they are not intrusive with each other.”

Thompson, 17, said singing became her forte in church, singing for the choir, and it seemed natural to apply it to theater.

“I’ve always been in choir at church, and in high school I joined my freshman year,” she said. “I got in and have done the musicals since eighth grade playing in the orchestra. I just love music in general.”

In her junior year, Thompson starred in “The Sound of Music” as Maria Rainer, a role actress Julie Andrews made famous in 1965.

This school year, she got to play Ariel Moore in “Footloose.”

“When I did my first major performance, ‘The Sound of Music’, the first opening night was the most terrifying night of my life, but it kind of grows on you,” Thompson said. “Ariel was just fun to do and I got to be something I’m completely not, so that was exciting.

“But, ‘The Sound of Music’ got the best reviews and I heard at lot of good things, so I think that was my all-time favorite role.”

Thompson’s other extracurricular activities outside of school — working for Maurices and competing in DECA — go hand in hand, she said.

“Working at Maurices has helped me in DECA because it is all about business and managing and marketing,” she said. “(In DECA), they give you a scenario where a store is going out of business and you have to come up with a way to promote it.

“I only competed twice and I got to go to state.”

Still, Thompson said performing is her passion.

The senior has applied to the University of North Carolina to major in vocal performance.

If she can’t get in her first year, Thompson said she would earn her associate’s degree in Denver before applying again.

No matter, she said, her ultimate goal is to be able to continue performing.

“I think just having that moment on stage when everyone is watching you is my favorite part,” Thompson said. “It is not like grabbing for attention, but on stage, attention is naturally focused on you. In school I don’t try to bring too much attention to me, but on stage it is a natural setting.

“I love performing, so that is what I want to do.”

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