Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Superior senior Jessica Lindstrom has been named one of 32 scholar-athletes by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), it was announced on Friday morning.
Lindstrom, who currently carries a 3.63 grade-point average, was one of 32 finalists chosen from a pool of 825 nominated seniors throughout the state from more than 425 different high schools.
The outgoing Spartans senior has earned 11 varsity letters to date --- she will likely earn a 12th this spring in softball --- and she has also participated in student council, pledgemakers, and senior mentors during her high school career.
Below is the essay Lindstrom wrote as part of the nomination process, which was reprinted on the WIAA website.
Athletic participation has contributed to my development in several ways. I have learned how to work with other people collaboratively to meet goals. I have learned how to cooperate with many types of people and learned the skill of compromise.
Playing sports has made me realize what true dedication is and how possessing this is important to accomplishing many things in life. I realize the importance of working hard to improve and reach goals. This can help because in the occupational world, one has to work hard in order to be successful.
Dealing with success and failure was similarly vital because there will come a time in the future that things will not always go my way and I have learned (from sports) to look past that. Playing sports has taught me discipline. I understand how to divide up my time between school and extracurricular activities. Sports have also created many friendships.
The friendships I have made in each sport are ones that will follow me throughout my life. Attitude is a characteristic that is also very important to learn at a young age. A positive attitude is everything. It can ultimately determine the outcome of situations.
Most importantly, I learned that the only person that can beat me- is me. This leads me to have confidence, composure, and self-respect early in my life.