Running is a gift that Kari wants to share by helping people

CLARKSTON, WA - We've found another local, amazing athlete to highlight. We're on the track in Clarkston, learning about an athlete who's ultimate goal is to help people.

Running. Some see it as a health necessity, some see it as a way to escape zombies, but one young woman sees it as a gift that not everyone has the luxury of being able to do.

"Me being able to run is just a gift and so I want to be able to at least try and give that to other people," said Scharnhorst.

Clarkston Senior Kari Scharnhorst is a star for the school's track and field team where she usually always places high in the four events she runs. Not only is Kari a track captain and does hours worth of community service, but she has a dream to eventually major in engineering. Her intention? To help those who don't have the same athletic opportunities that she does.

"I'm really interested in prosthetics making...making limbs for other people," said Scharnhorst. Helping other people. Inventing new ways to make things easier."

A noble cause indeed. Kari is currently taking a few classes at Walla Walla Community College while taking a full class schedule at Clarkston. What's the plan after graduation?

"I'll actually graduate Walla Walla with my A-A degree, and then I'm going up to Eastern Washington University to run up there," said Scharnhorst. "I'm a vegetarian actually, runner, yeah. So everybody is kinda like, what you can run and be a vegetarian at the same time?"

Clarkston Head Coach Ian Snook knows how deserving Kari is to receive the Athlete of the Week honor.

"Kari's one of those girls that you want on your track team," said Snook. "She's a go-getter. She's always willing to do extra work. She's always willing to do a little extra for her teammates."

Even with her athletic contributions, community service, and desire to help people, Kari was still surprised to be picked as this week's star athlete.

"I've never been interviewed like this before and it's actually pretty exciting to me," said Scharnhorst.