Hall of Fames honor the best. It is in that spirit of excellence that Blessed Trinity held its second annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, January 30.
The three honorees this year were Jack Andrews ’04, Kara Kasten Mullins ‘05 and Alison West Hollstegge ’05. While the ceremony had been postponed the week before due to wintry weather conditions, the atmosphere was nothing but warm and welcoming for the inductees, their families and those who came to honor them.
Jack Andrews, who was in the first freshman class at Blessed Trinity, was a starting offensive and defensive lineman for the football team during his four-year high school career. Jack was named All-County in football both his junior and senior years and led the Titans to its first-ever playoff appearance in 2002. To this day, Jack still holds three BT football records.
As a member of the BT track team, Jack threw discus and shot put where he qualified for both in state during his junior and senior years, won region his senior year and was region runner-up his junior year. Jack still holds the discus’ record at BT that he set in 2004.
Jack was remembered as a talented sportsman and a dedicated individual by one of his favorite coaches. “There have been many outstanding athletes and young people of great character that I have had the opportunity to coach since coming to BT,” reflected BT theology teacher Chuck Price who coached Jack in track and field, “but none any better than Jack. He epitomizes what we want our students to become as reflected in our mission statement. It was a joy to coach him and an honor to present him for induction into the BT athletic hall of fame.”
Jack signed to play football at Rhodes College and was also a member of the track team. He won the conference championship in shot put and finished third in discus and was also named Honorable Mention for the conference as a defensive lineman. Jack graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in mechanical engineering. He is married to his high school sweetheart and fellow BT alum, Danielle Cart (’03). They have two children, Gianna and Nathan, and currently live in Greenville, South Carolina.
Kara Kasten graduated from Blessed Trinity in 2005. During her junior year, she led the Blessed Trinity girls soccer program to its first state championship. During her senior year, she led the team back to the state championship where they finished as the state runners-up. She was also a member of the 2004 Region Championship team. Kara set a record that may never be broken at BT by scoring over 100 goals in her four-year soccer career. She also played basketball at Blessed Trinity and was a member of the 2003 Elite Eight girls basketball team.
“There will never be another Kara “Special K” Mullins for the simple fact that her talent migrated to the soccer field and into the classroom,” according to BT’s former head girls varsity soccer coach Gilbert Jean-Baptiste.” After a successful career at Auburn, she became a mother and a successful manager for a world renown company. Clearly she has an eye for success. For us, she was a pioneer who put our soccer program on the Map.”
Kara signed a scholarship with Auburn University to play soccer where she majored in accounting and completed her master’s degree. Kara is married to Cliff Mullins and works for Price Water House Cooper. She and Cliff have a baby boy named Cole and currently live in Brookhaven.
“It was such an honor to receive the award. It brought back lots of great high school memories, some of which, I had clearly forgotten about,” Kara confessed. “I really appreciated all the coaches, staff, and current BT families that attended the event. Both Coach JB (Gilbert Jean Baptiste) and Coach Megan Ryan had a huge impact on my athletic career. Coach JB made a wonderful induction speech and Coach Tom Ryan attended on behalf of Coach Megan Ryan, which meant a lot to me. It was very memorable and am grateful for the impact that BT has had on my life.”
Ali West graduated from Blessed Trinity in 2005. During her junior year, she led the volleyball team to the Final Four, and her senior year, she led them to the state championship game where the Lady Titans finished as state runner-up. Ali was named Metro Player of the Year her senior year.
“The numbers Ali put up during her time at Blessed Trinity don’t lie,” stated head girls varsity volleyball coach, Paul Stevens. ” She was a complete player. During her senior year, she led the team in kills, hitting efficiency, blocks, aces, serve receive rating, and digs. She is the only player in BT history to lead her team in all of those categories in the same year. When she left BT, Ali was ranked fifth all-time in Georgia history in career digs, sixth in career kills per game, and seventh in career kills.”
Ali signed to play at Furman University, becoming the first player to play college volleyball from Blessed Trinity. She signed to play at Furman University. As a senior at Furman, she led her team to its first NCAA tournament appearance in four years and a conference championship. Ali was named First Team All-Conference her junior and seniors years at Furman, and Conference Tournament MVP her senior year.
Ali majored in communications while at Furman and got her master’s degree from Savannah College of Art and Design. She currently works at Commercial Furniture Interiors. She is married to Nick Hollstegge and lives in Greenville, South Carolina.
“Ali was a trailblazer,” continued Coach Stevens. “During her senior season, she led the volleyball program to its first state championship appearance. Since that time, we have appeared in seven more. Ali was the first player in the volleyball program to be named to the all-state team and a senior all-star. Since that time, we have had 19 more. Ali was the first player in the volleyball program to go on to play in college.status.”