Caroline Orcutt

Fort Walton Beach High School
Fort Walton Beach, FL

Simply Unstoppable

Limitations, injuries, and setbacks are givens. Getting back up, and digging back in, are the keys to excellence.

Just before the pandemic cut the season short for many high school teams, Caroline Orcutt won the youth event at the 2020 USA Pentathlon National Selection competition. It was not her first time competing and winning at the Olympic level. She represented the United States as a member of the Pentathlon National Team at the 2019 Youth World Championships, and she won an individual bronze medal at the 2018 Youth Pan American Championships. She has also been a member of the Florida Olympic Development Program state soccer team. With 15 varsity letters earned across multiple sports, Caroline is a born competitor. While losing a season to COVID-19 has been demoralizing for many athletes at all levels, Caroline simply found a way to continue enjoying her love of sports. She volunteered as a swim coach, an experience she says allows her to share the value of hard work and perseverance with other athletes.

Caroline didn’t let COVID-19 stand in the way of her commitment to community service, either. She has 1,074 service hours to her name. But she is most proud of the Viking Welcome program she founded at her current high school. “Growing up in a military family, I’m intimately familiar with being the new student adrift in a sea of nameless faces,” she says of her experience attending nearly a dozen different schools as her family has moved across the globe to accommodate her father’s service to our nation. Caroline created the program to welcome new families with a variety of student-led events. When the pandemic threatened to shut down her work, she took the program online, partnering with other volunteers to “bridge the isolation of COVID-19 by reaching out individually to over 150 new students and families through Zoom orientation events, email, phone calls, welcome folders, and a video school tour. “Easing their transition brings me more joy than any accolade.”

School and sports have resumed for many student-athletes. But Caroline now faces a personal challenge that could sideline her once again: She suffered a grade three sprain during a soccer game that could impact her training and ability to compete in her senior seasons of swimming of cross country. “Although devastating, this experience has taught me the value of character in the face of adversity,” she says. And whether or not she can be on the track or in the pool, as a team captain, she is committed to staying involved by motivating and supporting her fellow athletes however she can. Caroline says, “The only concept that remains certain is the uncertainty in life.” But she will continue doing all she can, in any way she can, to ensure her own success and that of those around her. “We are not promised tomorrow, but we can live for today.”



Modern Pentathlon

  • Captain
  • 2-Time USA Pentathlon All-American
  • 2-Time USA Pentathlon Youth National Team
  • 2018 Pan American Championships U17 Bronze Medalist
  • 2019 Pentathlon Youth World Championships, Bulgaria, 14th Women’s Relay, 18th Mixed Relay
  • 2020 USA Pentathlon Youth National Selection #2 Champion
  • 12-Time USA Pentathlon Youth National Champion (U19, U17 & U15 Individual, Triathle, Biathle & Relay events)
    • 18-Time USA Pentathlon National Championship Medalist


  • 2-Time Captain Fort Walton Beach HS (FWBHS)
  • 4-Time Captain Real Athletic Development (RADFC) Soccer Team
  • Varsity Letter Winner
  • All-County
  • All-District/All-Area
  • Soccer Olympic Development Program (ODP), Florida State Team
  • Oklahoma High School Class 5A Soccer State Champions
  • 2-Time Most Valuable Player (MVP)


  • Booker T. Washington HS (BTWHS) Team Leader Award
  • Varsity Letter Winner
  • All-County
  • All-District/All-Area
  • All-State/All-Vype
  • 3 School Records
  • 2 District Records
  • Oklahoma High School Class 5A State Swim Championship Runner-Up Team
  • Oklahoma High School Class 5A State Swim Championship 2-Time Silver Medalist, 4-Time Medalist
  • Oklahoma Class 5A East Region Swim Champion, Team & 100 Back
  • Florida High School Class 2A State Swim Championship, 4th Place Team

Track & Field

  • Captain
  • Varsity Letter Winner
  • All-County
  • All-District/All-Area
  • All-State/All-Vype
  • County/District Champion, 4×800
  • Oklahoma High School Class 5A State Track & Field Championship Silver Medalist, 4x 800 Relay
  • Florida High School Class 3A Cross Country/Track & Field State Team
  • Cross Country

    • Captain
    • Varsity Letter Winner
    • All-County
    • All-District/All-Area
    • County Runner-Up Team
    • District Runner-Up Team
    • Region Championship, 3rd Place Team
    • Florida High School Class 3A State Championship Team

Academic Honors & Awards

  • Ranked 3rd in Class
  • Mu Alpha Theta Math Honor Society President
  • National Honor Society
  • Science National Honor Society
  • Phi Theta Sigma Honor Society
  • 2020 Carson Scholar
  • AP Scholar with Distinction
  • USA Pentathlon Academic All-American
  • Hugh O’Brien Youth (HOBY) Academic All-Star
  • Distinguished Young Women of Oklahoma Academic, Interview & Self-Expression State Winner
  • Florida Girls State Delegate
  • Oklahoma State Academic Honors, Booker T. Washington (BTWHS) HS Swim and Soccer Teams
  • 3-Time Okaloosa County Anne T. Mitchell Academic Award Winner
  • 3-Time FWBHS Viking Scholar
  • BTWHS All-Academic Track Team
  • Florida Athletic Coaches Association (FACA) Academic All-State Team
  • Scholar Athlete (Swimming, Cross Country, Soccer)



School & Community Involvement

  • 1,074 Volunteer Hours
  • Girl Scout Gold Award Recipient
  • Distinguished Young Women of Oklahoma, State Winner and Representative
    • Distinguished Young Women of America, Class of 2021
  • Student Council/School Advisory Council
  • Fort Walton Beach High School (FWBHS) A Viking Welcome Program – Student Orientation & Mentoring Program Founder/President
  • FWBHS Vikings Take 5 to Save Lives, 2020 President, 2019 Project Leader – Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Awareness Program
  • FWBHS Student 2 Student President
  • FWBHS I Am Enough Club President
  • Booker T. Washington High School (BTWHS) Beta Club Chapter Founder and President
  • BTWHS Hornet Spirit Club President and Founder
  • Key Club Service Project Leader
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • FWBHS Viking Ladies
  • BTWHS Hornets Against Hunger
  • BTWHS Women Empowered
  • St. Mary Church Explorers Leader/Teacher
  • Church Youth Group
  • Mount Carmel Swim Team Volunteer Swim Coach
  • Southwest Ohio Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership, Ambassador (2019) & Team Alumni Volunteer (2020)
  • Peer Tutor
  • Hurricane Michael Team2Team Relief, Founder and President
  • Hurricane Relief Volunteer
  • Oklahoma Food Bank Volunteer





“I strive to weave a lasting positive impact in the tapestry of life.”

~ Caroline Orcutt ~