OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - For the past four months, Ocean Springs High School senior Kaylee Foster has been living a dream. That dream continues Thursday with yet another honor being bestowed upon her, this time from the capital city of Jackson. We caught up with Kaylee on how her life has changed and what comes next.
Who can forget that September day in 2018 when Kaylee Foster was named homecoming queen? Then she kicked the game-winning extra point to lead the Greyhounds to victory. Videos went viral, she appeared on national TV and a day is named after her in Ocean Springs.
Has fame been fleeting?
“Every once in awhile, someone will recognize me, and they’ll be like, ‘hey, you’re that girl.’ And I’ll be like yeah,” Kaylee explained.
The accolades aren’t over. Both the state House of Representatives and the Senate have just passed resolutions commending her accomplishments. It means a lot to her.
“That’s super cool. I never would have imagined ever that that would happen because of something that I did. So it’s really exciting and a huge honor," she said.
The experience has taught her valuable life lessons.
“I learned how to be a better public speaker, I think. I learned that people are very, very friendly," Kayle said.
Has she changed?
“It did kind of change the way people interacted with me, but I guess in a good way. I think that people aren’t afraid to talk to me and it’s given me a lot of friends," she said.
One of the highlights of Kaylee’s four years in high school is doing something that few female students have ever done before: actually playing the game of football. For that, she wouldn’t trade the experience for anything in the world.
“My teammates, they taught me how to be a friend and be sister. And they mean everything to me," she said.
What does the future hold?
“I’m planning on going to Mississippi College and play soccer up there and get my degree in accounting," Kaylee said.
For now, there’s no looking back.
“It was definitely fun, but I’m excited to go to college and just become regular Kaylee Foster again.”
Kaylee also credited her parents for helping her become what she is today, saying they’ve been with her every step of the way.