Jim and Ann Nowicki
Freshman letters, honors: Track and field.
Sophomore letters, honors: Cross country (rookie of the year), track and field (most improved, Marawood scholar athlete).
Junior letters, honors: Cross country (captain), track and field (captain, Marawood scholar athlete, sectional qualfier in 3,200-meter relay).
Senior letters, honors: Cross country (captain), track and field (captain).
Salutatorian; 3.977 GPA; top scholar for Athens High at Wisconsin State Academic Decathlon in 2013.
Volunteered for St. Anthony Catholic Parish, for the Circle of Joy, through Future Business Leaders of America, and through and for the Boy Scouts of America. Most notably, I led a service project doing landscaping for St. Anthony School in Athens for the rank of Eagle Scout in 2012.
Attend UW-Marathon County this fall and transfer to UW-Platteville in the fall of 2015 to major in civil engineering. I hope to resurrect the damaged and fractured infrastructure system in America.
Favorite sports memory:
My sports memories are many and varied. Though I never won state or had any of the more well-known experiences common to high school athletes, I have many memories of my team, the ones who were behind me from the beginning. For example, the greatest team-building experiences I ever had were at the cross-country pasta suppers held the night before meets. We would all go to a teammate's house, enjoy the hospitality of that particular teammate's family, and have fun eating a hot, delicious meal as a team. It was there that we really got to know each other. My cross-country teammates may be the people I know best, thanks to these suppers. One thing we all knew we had in common at that time, regardless of walk of life, was that we were all subject to three miles of ďRUN FASTER!!Ē courtesy of our coaches. At these household tables, we put all differences aside and treated each other as teammates, as equals. This camaraderie is an experience unparalleled in my life, and for this reason it has been one of my most cherished memories of my high school athletic career.
Advice to an athlete:
Many things that have helped me throughout the years come to mind when I think about advice. Some of the more important points are as follows. 1. Take chances. Donít be afraid to try out for a varsity spot even if you donít think you will do well. You may surprise even yourself and land the varsity spot. 2. Do everything to the best of your ability. There are many little things that separate the champions from the contenders. These little things such as stretching, weight training, and off-season training can make or break your season. Even the simple workouts can make a difference. Do these well, and you can surpass your expectations. 3. HAVE FUN!! All high school athletics are a form of recreation. You arenít getting paid to be the starting pitcher for the baseball team or the star forward for the soccer team. Though competitive, high school sports should equally have some element of enjoyment. Whether youíre in it for becoming the top sprinter in the state or simply just to get exercise, make sure you have the right reason for joining a team. Why would you participate in sports if you donít enjoy them?
Initially, I had no idea what I wanted to do in track. I started out in the 100m, but found it too short. Soon thereafter, I ran the 800m, and was hooked. A number of people have inspired me in cross country and track, including many of my fellow runners from other schools. Most notably, two runners who graduated in 2012: Charles Corbett from Chequamegon and Kody Guden from Edgar gave me the encouragement and inspiration to keep running and try my hardest. Though I was not exactly a world-class runner, Charles and Kody kept encouraging me. Now, in my senior year, I feel quite successful in my athletic endeavors, and itís thanks to these two runners. One team I have always looked up to is Marathon High Schoolís cross-country team. Despite being a perennial state contender, the team members always seem to be very easygoing and supportive of not only their own team, but other runners as well. I have always respected them for their support of other runners. Itís an uplifting feeling to have athletes from other schools cheer you on, and throughout my years of running Iíve tried to emulate the spirit of Marathon.