Patrick and Karen Nikolay Jr.
Freshman letters, honors: Softball
Sophomore letters, honors: Softball, volleyball (honorable mention all-conference), basketball.
Junior letters, honors: Volleyball (Tomahawk all-tournament team, first-team all-conference), basketball (first-team all-conference).
Senior letters, honors: Volleyball (Tomahawk all-tournament team, first-team all-conference, honorable mention all-state), basektball (first-team all-conference).
Student of the Year Award, 2007; Scholar Athlete Award, 2011; Academic Achievement Award, 2011-2012; National Honor Society Member, 2011-Present.
Wait tables for Auburndale Lion’s Club; Book keeper for youth basketball and volleyball tournaments; Set up lights for Wild Wood Park; Community service for National Honor Society; Community service for St. Mary’s Church.
Go to UW-Eau Claire to major in elementary education and minor in special education.
Favorite sports memory:
I have two favorite high school sports memories. My sophomore year for volleyball we went to state. I will never forget any part of the experience; it has truly changed my life for the better. My second memory was this past year when we beat Marathon in five games for the conference title, and it was my senior night. I was the only senior on the team and it was one of the most incredible feelings in the world right after we scored that last point.
Advice to an athlete:
First off, never give up. You are your worst opponent. Secondly, enjoy every minute of it. High school goes a lot faster than you think. I always heard that during my high school career but never believed it could be true. Now here I am thinking “Where has the time gone?” Live each moment to the fullest and have no regrets.
My older sister Kayla gave me the same advice I gave above. She pushed me the hardest because she knew I could do it. She believed in me every step of the way whether we were playing together or she was watching from the sidelines. She still gives me advice that has shaped my future for the better. I don’t think I could have gotten so far in my high school sports career without her.