Prep Spotlight: Durango’s Kaitlyn Ashburn sparks swimmers, future Navy career

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Prep Spotlight: Durango’s Kaitlyn Ashburn sparks swimmers, future Navy career

DHS senior to pursue Navy career in nuclear engineering
Kaitlyn Ashburn of Durango High School swims the 100-yard freestyle on Saturday at Fort Lewis College. She enlisted in the Navy and will pursue a degree in nuclear engineering, where she hopes to one day help power an aircraft carrier and travel the globe.

Prep Spotlight: Durango’s Kaitlyn Ashburn sparks swimmers, future Navy career

Kaitlyn Ashburn of Durango High School swims the 100-yard freestyle on Saturday at Fort Lewis College. She enlisted in the Navy and will pursue a degree in nuclear engineering, where she hopes to one day help power an aircraft carrier and travel the globe.
Behind the scenes with Kaitlyn Ashburn

Who is your favorite artist?: I love country music and love to listen to Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, Kenny Chesney, and also oldies like Garth Brooks and Tim McGraw.

What’s your favorite childhood book?: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling was my series. I’m a huge book fan and love reading in general.

Do you have a favorite outdoor activity?: I love to hike and will go on any kind of hikes. There’s nothing like being outside.

Who is your favorite professional athlete?: Simone Manuel from the U.S. swimming team. We have some similar core values, and she is such a strong swimmer.

Where would you go if you could take a trip anywhere in the world?: I really want to see Iceland.

If you had a superpower, what would it be and why?: Invisibility because I have such a headstrong personality and can sometimes come across as intimidating. So, if I could hide for a minute and get to see people, that’d be awesome.

Which teacher has had the biggest impact on you?: My freshman year biology teacher, Sasha Creeden. She’s been there for me when I first moved to Durango, and she saw a spark in me and was able to relate to me. She’s had my back through everything.

Who is your role model?: My mom. She does everything with grace, humor and a great mindset. She’s a reflection of who I want to be.

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