Arguably St. Johns most successful professional athlete, Carson Pickett ‘12 has already traveled the world, played on several different professional soccer teams, been featured in countless news stories, and earned her international cap playing for the U.S. Women's National Team. Being selected as the fourth overall draft pick in the National Women’s Soccer League in 2016 reflects Carson’s standing as one of the best female soccer players in the United States. And yet, with all that success, Carson remains a St. Johns girl at heart.
While soccer is a huge part of her life story, her St. Johns story paints a much broader picture of a smart, hard working, creative, and compassionate young woman. Teachers and coaches tell countless stories of her courage and kindness. Carson is remembered as always standing up for the underdog, defending a student who was being picked on, and befriending students who felt like they didn’t belong. She was known for her merciless work ethic, eschewing all excuses, and offering tireless effort and support to anyone in need. That compassion and dedication seems to be innate in her character, but her physical challenges of being born without a left forearm have strengthened and solidified those traits within her. Carson has mentioned in interviews that she was grateful for the St. Johns “bubble” that is sometimes talked about. At St. Johns, Carson didn’t have to explain her arm to her classmates or worry about receiving stares. She tirelessly worked and achieved success in the classroom, on the tennis courts, on the track, in the pool, and of course on the soccer fields, and she was liked and respected for all of these things.
After graduating from St. Johns in 2012, Carson went on to play soccer at Florida State University where she was a 4 year starting defender and helped lead the team to its first NCAA Championship in 2014. She was drafted by the Seattle Reign, then was loaned to the Brisbane Roar in Australia for the 2017 - 2018 season. She is currently playing a little closer to home for the North Carolina Courage.