Albertsons Big Deal Of The Week: Kat Rauenhorst (Kellogg)

Rauenhorst maintains a 4.0 GPA while participating in golf, volleyball and basketball. One day she may even be your lawyer!

By: Sven Alskog
Published: 4/30/2019 9:44:21 AM

The Albertsons Big Deal of the Week is a new addition to in which student-athletes who excel in the classroom and competitively are selected on a weekly basis to be featured on the site. Each recipient of this weekly honor receives a $100 Albertsons gift card and is featured as a top story on

Our selection this week is Kat Rauenhorst from Kellogg High School. Throughout her high school career Kat has participated in golf, volleyball and basketball. In the classroom she maintains a 4.0 GPA and will attend Boise State University this coming fall where she plans to study political science and chemistry. 

Tell us a little bit about yourself:
When I’m not doing homework or playing sports, I like to spend my time watching movies and listening to music. I re-watch a lot of movies, especially Pulp Fiction, which is my favorite. I also really love to watch old sitcoms like The Golden Girls, Cheers, and Frasier.  

Do you have a nickname? If so, how did you get it?
Kat is actually my nickname; my real name is Katherine. My parents didn’t want people to call me Katie or Kathy or Kate, so they called me Kat from the time I was born. My dad has always called me Magoo, but there is no particular reason. 

What is your favorite sport to watch? Participate in?
My favorite sport to watch is either baseball or hockey. They’re both interesting and have a lot of different parts to understand. My favorite sport to participate in is definitely golf. 

As a student-athlete, which is harder - being a student, or being an athlete? Why?
Being an athlete is way harder than being a student. As a student, the only person you depend on for success is yourself, but it’s completely different as an athlete. Your success depends on more than just how hard you work, it depends on your coaches and teammates. That has always been the hardest part for me. 

Overall GPA: 

What is the best thing you have learned from playing sports in high school?
The best thing I have learned from playing high school sports is how to communicate with people. As an athlete, especially a high school athlete, there are many conflicts amongst teammates and coaches. Learning how to communicate in difficult situations was by far the best thing I learned over the last four years. 

Favorite high school memory, so far?
My favorite high school memory is winning a golf state championship as a team my freshman year. My school doesn’t win state championships very often, so it was pretty cool to add to our small collection of banners. 

Who is your favorite teacher? Why?
My favorite teacher is my history professor at North Idaho College. He is the best I’ve ever had, and he is passionate about what he teaches, which keeps me engaged. 

What kind of car gets you around town?
I drive a 2017 Subaru Forester. It fits four sets of golf clubs in the back!

Cat person or dog person?
Can the answer be both? I love all animals, so it’s impossible to choose!

Favorite food?
Sushi! I also love pretty much any Italian food. 

You have an entire weekend with no plans. What do you do?
If I had a weekend with no plans, I would sit on my couch and watch Law and Order: SVU all day long. It is the best show that has ever been on television, without a doubt. 

If you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you meet?
I would love to meet Sandra Day O’Connor. She is by far the coolest woman to ever grace the Earth, and I think she would tell some awesome stories about being on the Supreme Court. As the first woman on the Supreme Court, she paved the way for women in law. She’s one of my idols. 

What is something most people do not know about you?
I’m lactose intolerant. 

What celebrity would play you if they made a movie about your life?
Emma Watson for sure. We look similar and she is a smart, powerful woman.

What was the last song you listened to?
Feathered Indians by Tyler Childers

What are your plans after high school (college, work, etc.)?
In the fall I am going to Boise State University. I have been accepted to the Honors College there! I will be majoring in Political Science and minoring in Chemistry. 

When you "grow up" what is your idea of the perfect job?
I want to be a lawyer, so that would definitely be the perfect job.

What is the best advice you have ever received and from who?
The best advice I have ever received is to always tell the truth. My dad has always taught me that honesty is the most important thing, and I try to live by that. 

Any shoutouts: 
I would like to give a shoutout to my coaches and teammates for making high school so fun for me. I learned so many valuable lessons and made great memories, and I wouldn’t trade that experience for the world. I’d like to thank everyone in my community who has supported me over the years, it means so much. I also need to give a shoutout to my best friends, Emma, Jaron and Makinzie, for always being there for me, I love you guys. Lastly, I would like to thank my entire family for supporting me throughout my high school career, especially my mom who has been at almost every single game or tournament I’ve had. Thank you so much!


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