Faces Off the Field: Afrah Khan, senior midfielder, Vandegrift


You have an intriguing name. Tell me about it.

The origin of my name is Arabic, and Afrah means happiness. My last name is Khan and comes from the ruler Genghis Khan.

What do you enjoy most about going to school at Vandegrift?

I enjoy seeing my friends and playing soccer with them.

What’s your best soccer memory from high school?

Scoring the goal against Steele in the regional final to take us to state (in 2017).

Has soccer taught you any lessons you apply to daily life?

Yes, it’s taught me about leadership, teamwork and overcoming adversity.

I hear you have exciting college plans.

I am committed to play soccer at LSU and will be studying aerospace engineering.

If you could have dinner with any four people in the history of the world, whom would you invite?

Mia Hamm, my dad, Channing Tatum and Neil Armstrong.

Why did you choose Mia Hamm?

Because she is my role model and inspired me to play soccer.

If you had the choice of being all-state in soccer or valedictorian of your class, which would you choose?

Valedictorian because it is something that I have yet to achieve.

Tell me something about yourself that most people don’t know?

My club team was in Houston so I had to travel multiple times a week to play at the highest level.

If you could visit any place in the world, where would you go?

Australia because it is the one continent that I have not been to.

So you’ve traveled the world?

Yes, I have been to 22 countries, and my favorite was Peru. I loved visiting Machu Pichu.

Which of your high school courses will benefit you the most after you graduate?

Aerospace engineering because it is what I intend to major in.

Do you have any pre-game rituals?

Our team prays before every game.

— Rick Cantu



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