Truman student wins Silver Medal in World Taekwondo Cup

Truman Middle School seventh-grader Kiley Mehringer won a Silver Medal at the 2016 World Taekwondo President's Cup-Pan America Region competition.

Truman Middle School seventh-grader Kiley Mehringer won a Silver Medal at the 2016 World Taekwondo President’s Cup-Pan America Region competition.

Truman Middle School seventh-grader Kiley Mehringer, 12, of Crestwood, recently won the Silver Medal for the Cadet 12-14, -44 kg Black Belt division in sparring at the 2016 World Taekwondo President’s Cup-Pan America Region competition.

The event in Portland, Ore., featured athletes from all over the Pan Am Region. After defeating opponents from the United States and Canada on her way to the finals, Kiley then faced the No. 1-ranked fighter from Ecuador, according to a news release.

While she didn’t get the victory in that match, she is the highest-finishing U.S. athlete in her division, which earns her a wild-card invite to the 2017 Pan Am Games. Kiley followed up her silver medal at the Presidents Cup with a gold medal at the Michigan Midwest Taekwondo Championships.

At Truman, Kiley is an A student in the Lindbergh Eager Achievers Program, an Academic All-Star and a Triple Crown winner.

Kiley has been training in Taekwondo since she was 5 years old and trains at Taiga Taekwondo under Master George Sloan in Arnold. Kiley trains five days a week and hopes to someday make the national team and even the Olympic team.