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FVA Student-Athlete Spotlight

FVA Spotlight: Melissa Gess, Appleton West Cheer and Dance

Name: Melissa Gess

School: Appleton West

Year in School: Senior

Sports: Cheer/Dance

Other school clubs/activities: A-Team and National Honors Society

Parents’ names: Cheryl and Tim Gess

Siblings’ names: Nicole Temirov and Shannon Gess

Favorite aspect of your school: Getting involved around the school is so much fun. When the school plans for spirit days for homecoming or holidays, it’s cool to see how people dress up and who has the most school spirit. It really brings the energy up in the school.

If you have been involved in community service projects, which has been most rewarding and why? I love volunteering at the Fox Valley Humane Society and socializing with the cats and dogs. It makes me happy to know that the animals are being treated fairly and that I’m preparing them to be adopted by a new family.

What is your favorite class? AP Pysch

Who is your favorite teacher? Mr. Larsh

What is the best advice one of your coaches has given you? You can’t expect to have results if you don’t put in the work. You perform how you perform at practices. Work hard now, so you perform your best later.

Favorite athlete to compete against in the FVA: I don’t have a person a compete against. Dance is mainly a team sport, so my favorite team to compete against would be Appleton East.

Favorite memory from being involved in co-curricular activities is…: Qualifying for state my freshman year

Favorite professional team: Royal Family

Favorite professional athlete: Derek Hough

College or post-high school plans: UW-Stout

What is your desired major/career field? Majoring in Dietetics, minoring in Spanish

Something people would be surprised to know about me is…: I don’t like chocolate

What is at the top of your “bucket list?” Meeting my favorite movie stars

What is your dream job? Dietitian

Favorite person to follow on Social Media: Chris Evans

When I have a weekend off of sports, you can usually find me... Working at my job or relaxing at home

A non-athletic talent I have is…: Playing the violin