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Engelbrecht's drive takes her far

By: Loryll Nicolaisen, Journal staff writer
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To say Lindsey Engelbrecht had a productive high school career is an understatement. She’s one of 19 Forest Lake Christian School seniors with a 4.0 GPA. She played volleyball for three years, varsity softball as a freshman and sophomore, basketball all four years and varsity soccer during her junior and senior years. When not at school, Engelbrecht spent a good chunk of her time with her church, Auburn Grace Fellowship, taking mission trips down to Mexico and having fun with youth programs. “She’s never home, she’s always busy, and she’s just a great kid,” Laura Engelbrecht said of her 18-year-old daughter. “She’s incredible.” Ken Raskin, Forest Lake’s varsity girls soccer coach, described this year’s team captain as a driven young woman. “Lindsey, as an athlete, really has not only the desire to win, but she also has the desire to work hard to win,” he said. “She is always desiring to be better and has that competitive spirit within her … she’s a real mature young lady who just has a heart for people.” Engelbrecht agrees that she’s quite goal-oriented. The graduating senior is headed to Southern California to attend University of California, Los Angeles in the fall. “I’m very driven when I want something, and I think that’s helped keep me focused,” she said. “Things get really crazy at school sometimes and I think I’ve done a really good job keeping the picture in sight.” Engelbrecht’s faith has also provided strength over the years. “Having a biblical basis, it gives me a great foundation for the rest of my life,” she said. “In my opinion, everything I have, everything I am, God has given that all to me. God has made me who I am. I know that a life he has planned out for me is better than anything I could ever plan for myself.”