Thanks to her elite soccer abilities, road trips are comprising a large part of Kayla Primm's schedule this month.
The Olentangy High School senior traveled to Washington, D.C., last weekend to participate in the invitation-only Battles Won Academy, sponsored by the U.S. Marines, and will head to Orlando, Florida, to participate in the Allstate All-America Cup on July 31 before the MLS All-Star Game.
But Primm, a midfielder who has been named second-team all-state each of the past two seasons, said she is only part of the reason for her own success.
"I was very humbled and surprised. It's a huge honor," she said of the Allstate All-America Cup. "It was just nice to see people notice what we've done as a team and what I've done. For somebody in a small town in Ohio to be noticed, that's pretty nice. Just to be nominated is huge."
Primm, who has committed to The Citadel and plans to join the Marines after college, attended the Battles Won Academy from July 11-15. Among the activities were a community service project, tours of Marine Corps Base Quantico and the National Archives and wrestling lessons from Team USA.
Playing a largely defensive role for Olentangy, Primm has 20 career goals entering her final prep season. Eight of those came last season, when the Braves went 14-4-2 overall and 5-0 in the OCC-Buckeye Division to win their second league championship in three seasons and first Division I district title since 2015.
Olentangy has gone 37-12-9 overall and 11-1-3 in league play with Primm on the roster, finishing as a district runner-up in both 2016 and 2017. She started as a freshman and was a team captain her sophomore and junior years.
"Kayla reads the game very well. Her skill level, both tactically and technically, is very high," Braves coach Earl Devanny said. "We've primarily used her in a defensive role as a holding midfielder but when needed, we've pushed her up high and she's come through (offensively). She understands how to position herself and once she has the ball, she's very good at directing things and making them happen."
Primm verbally committed to Ohio State as a freshman but within the past year found herself wanting to pursue a career in the military -- following in the footsteps of her father and grandfather, both of whom served in the Navy.
Primm committed to The Citadel, a military college in Charleston, South Carolina, on Jan. 30.
"I just started thinking, is (Ohio State) the best place for me to be? I talked with the OSU coaches about it and they understood," Primm said. "(The Citadel) offered me a full ride and it's a place where I can get what I want as far as education and athletics. It just seemed like the right place for me."
Primm plans to pursue a career in law enforcement, majoring in criminal justice or sociology.
Primm was one of seven Ohioans -- five boys and two girls -- selected for the Allstate All-America Cup. Eighty players nationwide -- 40 boys and 40 girls -- were named from 280 nominees.
Olentangy Liberty senior defender Blake Collins will play in the boys game.
Primm is on Team Chastain, coached by former U.S. national player Brandi Chastain. They will take on Team Foudy, named for Chastain's former national teammate, current ESPN broadcaster Julie Foudy.
Chastain's shootout goal clinched the U.S. national team's World Cup victory in 1999.
"I've followed both of them for years," Primm said. "It's a dream come true to meet them and be coached by (Chastain). I just want to be able to take this all in. I realize how lucky I am to even be named to be in this game."