Richard and Linda Bender
Freshman letters, honors:Cross country, tennis.
Sophomore letters, honors: Cross country (second-team all-conference), tennis.
Junior letters, honors: Cross country (state qualifier, second-team all-conference), tennis.
Senior letters, honors: Cross country, tennis.
4.13 GPA, High Honor Roll.
Help with Wisconsin Rapids Roadrunners Special Olympics track team.
Attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison and double major in finance and economics. I want to be either an investment banker or a lawyer.
Favorite sports memory:
Qualifying for state in cross country my junior year. After the race, I was not sure if had I made it. When I was informed that I had in fact qualified for state, I was pretty excited. It was nice to see all the time that I had put in over the years finally pay off.
Advice to an athlete:
I would tell them that after it is all said and done, win or lose, it is just a game.
My middle school cross country coach was my first real inspiration to try to achieve in athletics. He made the idea of making it to state seem attainable and supplied the encouragement to make it possible.