Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Drummond senior Jake Fibert has been named one of 32 scholar-athletes by the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA), it was announced on Friday morning.
Fibert, who currently carries a 3.69 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 Lumberjacks senior has earned 11 varsity letters to date --- she will likely earn a 12th this spring in baseball --- and he has also participated in SADD, National Honor Society, student government, and math league.
Below is the essay Fibert wrote as part of the nomination process, which was reprinted on the WIAA website.
Extracurricular activities have played a huge role in my life. I have been involved in three sports all through high school, along with joining S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions), NHS (National Honor Society), Student Government, and volunteering at various local events. Being involved in extracurricular provides me with two options; to just put in minimal effort in classes or work that much harder.
Unfortunately, many of students go with the first option, which can sometimes give athletes a bad name. I, however, back in middle school, decided that I was going to make the A-honor roll every quarter along with being the best I could be in every extracurricular activity that I was in. Another unfortunate fact about kids in school these days is that there are many who have bad situations at home.
Extracurriculars gave me the escape from reality that I needed during my early years of middle/high school while my parents were going through a messy divorce.
Overall, athletic participation has been a huge reason for my success, if not the main reason. It has made me realize that nothing is given, it is earned. Realizing and accepting this belief will more than help me in the future when it comes to college, the National Guards, or any other obstacle that I face.