Serra freshman Kaicia Snelson competes on the Cavaliers girls’ basketball team and is ASB freshman class vice president (Amanda Scurlock/L.A. Sentinel)

Serra freshman Kaicia Snelson had a strong campaign for the Cavaliers girls’ basketball team, scoring 12.9 points and 3.8 rebounds per game. Along with being a basketball player, Snelson is ASB vice president of her freshman class.

At an early age, Snelson played flag football and softball along with basketball.

“My elementary school had just started a basketball team and I wanted to try it out,” Snelson said. “I was actually pretty decent so I just stuck with it.”

A proud moment for Snelson was when she scored 27 points in a 64-74 loss to the Cantwell-Sacred Heart of Mary Cardinals.

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“I was like laid back in that game,” Snelson said. “I was doing my stuff that game … So I was excited.”

Along with competing for the Cavaliers, Snelson competes for the Watts Skills Academy travel ball team. Joining the team did not come without setbacks but Snelson remained committed.

“I had to stick to it and play with the team for a couple months,” Snelson said. “We just got better and we even ended up going to Vegas and won a championship.”

The AAU circuit helped Snelson learn how to get to the basket and score, this improved her game when she competed at Serra.

Snelson admitted that being a student athlete can be difficult but she knows that she can thrive through it. Her favorite class is English; her teacher makes the class interesting to her.

“He doesn’t just give us work and say “do this,”” Snelson said. “He talks and he’s interacting.”

As the ASB vice president for the freshman class at Serra, Snelson enjoys spending time with her fellow ASB members. Playing basketball and being an ASB vice president has given her leadership skills.

“Basketball, you have to talk on the court. You have to basically know what you’re doing,” Snelson said. “In ASB, what we do is give out ideas, we plan fundraisers.”

Snelson also volunteers for the Pop Warner football teams that her father and uncle coach.  When she grows up, Snelson aspires to play in the WNBA and become an orthodontist. She mentioned how wearing braces made her consider the career.

“I like going to my dentist appointments, getting my colors, my wires changed” Snelson said. “All that type of stuff is really fun.”