Sports Illustrated traveled to York, Maine on Dec. 18 to honor York High sophomore, Kate Marshall as December's SI High School Athlete of the Month, presented by the U.S. Marine Corps. The starting center midfielder for the Wildcats’ girls’ soccer team, Kate also has cystic fibrosis, a chronic, life-threatening genetic disease. Along with her father Patrick, mother Martha and brother Chase, she was honored at half-time of a home basketball game with a framed copy of the issue she appeared in earlier this month. Kate also received a surprise video message of congratulations from former NFL quarterback and prominent CF awareness advocate, Boomer Esiason. (click to video here: video here: http://www.si.com/high-school/2014/12/19/boomer-esiason-message-kate-marshall-cystic-fibrosis)
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Kate walks through a receiving line of York High athletes and cheerleaders to accept her recognition as SI’s High School Athlete of the Month.
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Flanked by representatives of the U.S. Marine Corps, SI managing editor Chris Stone (in gray) addresses Kate and her family at center-court
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Kate’s parents, Patrick and Martha, and brother Chase were on hand to watch her be honored in front of her school and community
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The Marshalls smile with SI managing editor Chris Stone and U.S. Marine Corps members for the local press.
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York High students give Kate a standing ovation.
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Local broadcast media outlets mic Kate for a post-ceremony interview.
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Kate appeared in SI’s Dec. 15th Sportsman of the Year issue.
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Kate poses with her framed SI issue for a U.S. Marine Corps photographer.
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York High varsity girls’ soccer coach Walter Caldwell congratulates his starting center midfielder.
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York High girls’ soccer jayvee coach Kevin Wyatt (left) and varsity coach Walter Caldwell (right) pose with Kate.
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Kate gets a hug from friends after receiving her honor.
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The Marshall family with SI managing editor Chris Stone.
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