Keara Kilbane: ‘She’s One Of Us’

Keara Kilbane takes notes during her AP Chemistry class Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at Hopkins High School. Kilbane is taking several AP courses this year.

Keara Kilbane takes notes during her AP Chemistry class Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, at Hopkins High School. Kilbane is taking several AP courses this year.

Keara Kilbane puts up a sign for powder puff football sign ups Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in the lunch room of Hopkins High School. Kilbane is part of the student council and the organizer for the event, which benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.

Keara Kilbane puts up a sign for powder puff football sign ups Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in the lunch room of Hopkins High School. Kilbane is part of the student council and the organizer for the event, which benefits the Wounded Warrior Project.

Keara Kilbane ties back her hair in the girl's locker room as she gets ready for football practice Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in Hopkins. Kilbane gets ready in the girl's locker room and meets her teammates in the boy's locker room after everyone is dressed.

Keara Kilbane ties back her hair in the girl’s locker room as she gets ready for football practice Wednesday, Oct. 5, 2011, in Hopkins. Kilbane gets ready in the girl’s locker room and meets her teammates in the boy’s locker room after everyone is dressed.

Keara Kilbane, right, in her football jersey, laughs with classmates Haley Weick, Harlie Bourdo and Emily Kloska while coming up with an explanation to a story they just read in Spanish Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, during her AP Spanish class at Hopkins High School.

Keara Kilbane, right, in her football jersey, laughs with classmates Haley Weick, Harlie Bourdo and Emily Kloska while coming up with an explanation to a story they just read in Spanish Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, during her AP Spanish class at Hopkins High School.

Keara Kilbane, right, talks with Zeb Striegle, center, and Matt Modreske as they get ready before their biggest game of the season against Calvin Christian Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Grandville. Kilbane started kicking for the Vikings this season after Coach Glenn Noble watched her play during a soccer game.

Keara Kilbane, right, talks with Zeb Striegle, center, and Matt Modreske as they get ready before their biggest game of the season against Calvin Christian Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Grandville. Kilbane started kicking for the Vikings this season after Coach Glenn Noble watched her play during a soccer game.

Members of the Hopkins High School football team gather around Keara Kilbane's car after it started making a loud screeching noise as she started to drive home with her three younger sisters after school Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Hopkins. Kilbane said her teammates look after her on and off the field.

Members of the Hopkins High School football team gather around Keara Kilbane’s car after it started making a loud screeching noise as she started to drive home with her three younger sisters after school Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Hopkins. Kilbane said her teammates look after her on and off the field.

Keara Kilbane practices her field goal kicks during the game against Calvin Chrisitan Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Grandville. She has had to make some adjustments to her kicking style to alter it from soccer to football.

Keara Kilbane practices her field goal kicks during the game against Calvin Chrisitan Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Grandville. She has had to make some adjustments to her kicking style to alter it from soccer to football.

Keara Kilbane puts on her socks and talks to her mom Paula as she gets ready for her game Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at her home in Hopkins.

Keara Kilbane puts on her socks and talks to her mom Paula as she gets ready for her game Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at her home in Hopkins.

Keara Kilbane, left, holds her teammate's hands as they pray before the game against Calvin Christian Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Grandville.

Keara Kilbane, left, holds her teammate’s hands as they pray before the game against Calvin Christian Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Grandville.

Keara Kilbane, one of the shorter players on the team, stands next to Matt Modreske, one of the tallest players on the team Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Grandville. Keara's mom Paula Kilbane said this is one of the memories she will remember most about her daughter playing football.

Keara Kilbane, one of the shorter players on the team, stands next to Matt Modreske, one of the tallest players on the team Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Grandville. Keara’s mom Paula Kilbane said this is one of the memories she will remember most about her daughter playing football.

As a ritual, Nick Wellman slaps Keara Kilbane's helmet as they come off the field after she scores an extra point Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Grandville.

As a ritual, Nick Wellman slaps Keara Kilbane’s helmet as they come off the field after she scores an extra point Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Grandville.

Keara Kilbane, center, laughs with her teammates as Joey McPeak, left, yells in celebration of winning against Calvin Christian, the biggest game of the season, Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Grandville.

Keara Kilbane, center, laughs with her teammates as Joey McPeak, left, yells in celebration of winning against Calvin Christian, the biggest game of the season, Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, in Grandville.

With her purse hanging from her shoulder, Keara Kilbane gets her helmet out of her gym locker before her game against Calvin Christian Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at Hopkins High School.

With her purse hanging from her shoulder, Keara Kilbane gets her helmet out of her gym locker before her game against Calvin Christian Friday, Oct. 7, 2011, at Hopkins High School.