Competition makes each game more exciting than before. The rush of adrenaline, crowds cheering the team on and getting the winning point are all events that senior Jenna Nink experiences as a student-athlete.
“On bus rides or in the locker room my teammates and I listen to music to get excited for our game,” Nink said. These are some of her treasured memories each year because of how different and fun each music session is.
Being a student-athlete can be a struggle when juggling both activities. According to The Odyssey Online, two out of ten major struggles for student-athletes are always being sore, achy and stressing out over everything. Nink manages by sticking to what works best for her. “I stay focused on my classwork and try to finish assignments early,” Nink said. “My grades are very important to me as a student-athlete.”
Participating in OTHS varsity softball and volleyball for four years causes Nink to have her daily activities on a time crunch. Someone to always keep her inspired is American Olympian Jennie Finch. “She was a softball pitcher for team USA,” Nink said, “helping them to receive a gold and silver medal in the Olympics.”
Nink is committed to studying business and playing Division One softball at Northern Illinois University. Her work ethic and dedication to her sport continues to amaze family and friends. Much gratitude goes to all of Nink’s coaches, teammates, friends and family for all of their guidance and support along the way.