KENNEWICK, Wash. — It's always fun to ask student-athletes what they want to do after they graduate because the answers are so varied.
A lot of them don't know yet, and it's enough pressure for a teenager to talk to a journalist without being grilled about their post-high school plans, so I just tell them, "You've got time to figure it out."
But when I spoke Wednesday with Kennewick High School soccer player Kennedy Woodrich, who is featured in today's paper as our female Athlete of the Week, she was set on her career path: wedding planner.
"I'd like to know that I'm helping someone make their perfect day happen," Woodrich said.
Woodrich already is living her dream gig. If you're not sure what kind of flowers you want for your ceremony or how your guests will get to the reception venue across town, Woodrich might the perfect person to help. The high school senior works at the Purple Parasol, helping brides find the dress, and she already has planned two weddings.
"I've always been a sucker for lovey-dovey stuff," she said. "Whenever I see long-term relationships with people, I just think it's so cute."
Woodrich has created a plan for her burgeoning business through her entrepreneurship class. She even has another skill she can offer engaged couples as they prepare to spend the rest of their lives together.
"People tend to come to me with advice a lot," she said. "You have to be able to make sure they're mentally ready for that also."
And of course, Woodrich has thought about her own wedding.
"I want a complete white wedding," Woodrich said. "I want all the bridesmaids in white, then each one will have a belt in a different color of the rainbow, and the shoes will match their belt."
Sounds as if she knows what she's doing.