Parents: Julie and Steve Kakes
Academic honors earned:
I have been on the Medford High School A hono
r roll, with a GPA of 3.75 or higher for all of my high school career while taking AP classes. I have been a member of the National Honor Society my junior and senior years, being recognized for both academics and community services.
Volunteer work: I volunteer in my community at Medford Therapy and Fitness for the last two years. This past summer, I traveled to Alabama, where I participated in Habitat for Humanity by helping build a house. I also volunteer through 4-H and as international club treasurer I fund raise for Heifer International.
SPECIAL SECTION: Gannett Central Wisconsin Media High School Sports Awards
Favorite sports memory: My favorite sporting memory is when my fellow 4×800 meter runners and I made it to state. This was an experience that showed the hard work and dedication we accomplished as a team. It was extra special participating as part of a team rather than an individual and being able to share the experience.
Advice to an athlete: You only go through high school once and it goes by quickly, make the most of it. No matter your goal, athletic or academic, there is no better place to start than in high school. You want to look back knowing you ended each competition and year giving your best effort for yourself and your team.
Inspiration: My inspiration was my cross country assistant coach, Dale Baumann. Dale saw the potential in me and others and went above and beyond to help us be better runners and people by donating his money and time. In doing this he has inspired me to want to give back to others as he has given back to us.
College plans: I will attend UW-Point this coming fall where I plan to work towards my major in either physical therapy or engineering. My aspirations in my career are to have a job I enjoy and also to be able to help others by giving back to my community.
Freshman letters, honors: Participated in track varsity races.
Sophomore letters, honors: Cross country (second team all-conference), track.
Junior letters, honors: Cross country (first team all-conference, MVP award), track (first team all-conference, participated at state track and field in 4×800 relay).
Senior letters, honors: Cross country (second team all-conference), track.