Mychael Tenwick is CHS soccer goal keeper and a multi-sport athlete

Mychael Tenwick is CHS soccer goal keeper and a multi-sport athlete »Play Video
Mychael Tenwick has the instinct to do the job of goal keeper.
CLARKSTON, WA - Many of us truly don't know how good we have it. Yet we complain about things that others wish could be their biggest concerns, like the coffee shop running out of soy milk or the movie theatre selling out of tickets before you get there.

We meet a young woman who has different worries, like how her kidney is going to hold up on a day to day basis. Yet, she keeps a smile on her face at all times while being part of the glue that holds her soccer team together. This week's P1FCU "Prep Athlete of the Week" is Clarkston High junior, Mychael Tenwick.

Being a soccer goal keeper is something that not a lot of people could do...or would want to do for that matter.

"It's something you gotta have the instinct for," said Tenwick. "You just gotta be able to throw yourself on the ground by everybody's feet while they're still kicking at the ball."

So why would anyone want to be one?

"I do it for my teammates, cause they're willing to help me, and we celebrate together when I stop something," said Tenwick.

And she's a big reason her Clarkston soccer team is 11-4-1 right now as they enter the playoffs. After-all, she does have an unheard of ten shutouts this season! Another place she is excelling,in the classroom.

"Pretty sure I have mostly A's, A's and B's," said Tenwick.

As for what she wants to be in the future.

"I want to be a pediatric nephroligist," said Tenwick.

A what?

"A children's kidney doctor," said Tenwick. "I have kidney failure, and know a lot about it and have personal experiences with it. So I can relate and hopefully help more."

After seeing how incredible she is on the field, what she said next really blew me away.

"I only have one kidney, and only 20% of it works...20 or 21%," said Tenwick. And it's continually decreasing, but it's stable right now. So that's good cause if it gets any lower, I'll have to get a transplant."

Through all of this, she has an amazing support system in her parents.

"They've constantly pushed me to be my best and not make me be any different than anybody else," said Tenwick.

And her teammates of course.

"They offer to give me their kidneys if I ever need it," said Tenwick.

Her coach sees what kind of person it's turned her into today.

"It's made her have an outlook on life that most kids don't appreciate," said Clarkston Girl's Soccer Head coach, Ryan Newhouse. "Everything she does, she gives everything she has, and not just as a keeper but in all walks of life, and she walks around with a smile on her face."

It's a lot easier to keep that smile when you have such supportive heroes.

"I've always looked up to my parents and my older sisters," said Tenwick. "They've just, I want to strive to be as good as they are if not better."

She's a smiling trooper who certainly deserves the award.

"She's great in the classroom, she's a great friend and teammate and she's a multi-sport athlete," said Newhouse. "And at Clarkston High School we put pride in well rounded student athletes and she's a great representation of that."

A big congrats to this week's P1FCU Prep Athlete of the Week, Clarkston High junior Mychael Tenwick.

"It's just amazing...a really great feeling," said Tenwick.

We hope you enjoyed meeting Mychael Tenwick today. Each week throughout this school year KLEW Sports and P1FCU team up to highlight a deserving athlete in the area. If you have someone you'd like to nominate just go to klewtv.com, click on sports and then prep athlete. Every Wednesday those athletes are showcased right here on KLEW-TV for their outstanding accomplishments.