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Klein Forest's Nadazia Simien
Klein Forest Athlete Nadazia Simien has a presence.
She is the “It Girl ” inside the Golden Eagle nest. As a star for the volleyball and basketball teams, she has blossomed into a great ambassador for the school on the court. But it wasn’t always that way.
“It was really tough in middle school,” she said. “I was teased all the time for being so tall and so dark-skinned. It’s hard for a girl that age. Things changed quickly when I arrived at high school. Doors just opened up for me. I played sports; I saw the pathway to earn scholarships… I could get everything I wanted if I just worked hard enough.”
The 6-foot-1 senior was a late-comer to the youth sports world.
“It was never my intention to play sports as a kid,” she said. “One of my middle school teachers, who also coached, approached me to come out and play basketball. She said I was a natural fit for the sport because of my size. I hadn’t t played a day in my life. I tried out and I was a natural at it. After that, I just started getting serious about the game. Then I started playing volleyball and fell in love with that, too.”
Fast-forward six years and Simien has just enjoyed a successful season anchoring the net for Klein Forest in volleyball and has big expectations for her team on the hardwood.
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“I feel like we can go to the playoffs in basketball,” she said. “I want to change the perception of Klein Forest basketball. We have the potential to do it, it’s just on us. I want to average a double-double and be the District MVP. Why not?”
While sports are a big part of her life, that does not define the cerebral teenager.
“I want to be a doctor,” she said. “I love helping people. I know I want to be a registered nurse, but being a doctor is my real goal. People might not know that I also like to write, and the last book I read was 'Black Like Me'. Academics are very important to me and I work just as hard in the classroom as I do in athletics.”
“At the end of the day, I just want people to know my name when I leave Klein Forest. I want to be known.”
Welcome to our feature - the Klein ISD Athletes of the Month - highlighting some of the best student-athletes in one of the most proud districts in the state of Texas. One girl and one boy will be selected each month representing the independent school district.
Klein Collins combo guard Aaron Perez has had a brilliant tournament season over the holidays, scoring at will for the Tigers. The 6-foot-3 junior has shown leadership as well as a tremendous shooting touch from anywhere on the court. He is working into a mid-major college recruit as he continues to build his legacy at Klein Collins.
Senior Nadazia Simien is the “It Girl” inside the Golden Eagle nest as a star for the volleyball and basketball teams. The Eagles’ volleyball team struggled in the fall but Simien was a constant in the middle. She will draw double teams in the post for the basketball team, while protecting the paint.