There no doubt is a correlation between great athletes and great students. Athletes who excel in their sports oftentimes will find their names towards the top of the list of outstanding students as well. Osceola recently had four wrestlers earn academic All-State status for their accomplishments on the wrestling mats and in the classroom.
To earn this award as a wrestler the athlete needed to qualify for the Sectional tournament that was held this year and maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 based on a 4.0 scale. Osceola had four wrestlers meet this criteria including senior Aaron Schmidt, juniors Thomas Oswald and Nick Carlson, and sophomore Lucas Sedivy.
“What a great accomplishment for our student-athletes,” Osceola athletic director Scott Newton said. “I know all four of these individuals are extremely hard working kids. It has been my experience working with them that they give great effort in all of their settings; practice room, competitions, classroom, and in our community.”
With their plates filled and sometime overflowing the student-athletes need help from their home life to accomplish earning these awards.
“Congratulations to their parents as well,” Newton added. “Time management is crucial for student-athletes. There are many late nights, nights of exhaustion from practice, and outside factors that can take away from time on task. The ability for these young individuals to achieve high levels of success in different environments is directly related to their support.”
It is difficult to separate the importance of academics and athletics. For several top notch student athletes you cannot have one without the other.
“Academics and athletics are both very important to me,” Schmidt said. “The time and commitment was a huge factor in these accomplishments. Academics and athletics both take the mind, body and heart. With all three, anyone can push themselves to the limit and prove their strengths. Throughout the four years of high school it has not been a smooth road. But just like life, not all classes or sports are going to be easy enough for you to glide through, but with the mind, body and most of all heart, anything is possible.”
“You have to set goals for school and sports and put in the work to accomplish them,” Sedivy said. “It’s important to have a good balance between the two so you don’t get overwhelmed with either one. “
Leadership is a strong quality that is developed from both academics and sports. Students have opportunities to develop their leadership skills in both areas.
“I have always put my best effort into my academics,” Carlson said. “School is very important to me and so are sports. Keeping my mind and body in shape helps me excel in both school and sports. It’s important to me to be a leader in the classroom and on the mat.”
“Sports and academics have been always been a part of my life and I have been lucky enough to be able to control my schedule to balance my life,” Oswald added.
Osceola is blessed in their schools to have an emphasis on both academics and athletics. The successes in sports are easily measured and we are accustomed to a plethora of accomplishments. It is also comforting to know that the same people that are leaders for their respective sports teams will also be leaders in their chosen workplace once they leave their high school days behind.