Each week during the 2014-15 year beginning in late October, the Fox Valley Association will feature two student-athletes (one male and one female) from one of its 10 schools for a "Student-Athlete Spotlight" Q & A segment. The segments will be posted every Tuesday and Thursday and individuals are selected by the school.
Name: Darian Van Offeren
Sports: Track and Field, Volleyball, Basketball
Other school clubs/activities: Key Club, National Honor Society, Partner School Club, Girl Scouts
Parents’ names: Kathy and Joe
Siblings’ names: Kaelyn
Favorite aspect of your school: I love the school spirit our students and staff show at sporting events, and throughout the school year.
Favorite aspect about being involved in school activities: My favorite aspect about being involved in school activities is building amazing relationships with teammates. I also enjoy learning important life lessons, such as time management and responsibility.
If you have been involved in community service projects, which has been most rewarding and why? My favorite community service project is the Rake and Run that Key Club sets up every year. It`s so awesome to see how something so simple, that only takes a few hours, can be so appreciated by community members.
College or post-high school plans: I want to attend UW Madison.
What is your desired major/career field? I want to go into the medical field, and possibly become a pediatrician.
What is your favorite class? AP Biology
Who is your favorite teacher? Mr. Meyer
Favorite book: Divergent
Favorite youth coach: Paul Dedering
What is the best advice one of your coaches has given you? My Coaches have always told me to play with confidence and have fun. One of my coaches once told me, "If you play without confidence, you will find a way not to win." I really like this advice because it is a great reminder of the importance being confident in yourself.
Something people would be surprised to know about me is…: I love to go hunting and fishing, but I'm terrified of fish in a lake. If I want to swim in a lake I make someone else swim with me because I tell myself they scare away the fish.
Favorite place to play on the road in the FVA? Kimberly
Favorite athlete to compete against in the FVA: Nicole Marquardt, Neenah
Favorite memory from being involved in co-curricular activities is…: Team bonding
Favorite professional team: Green Bay Packers
Favorite professional athlete: Aaron Rodgers
Favorite person to follow on Twitter: Sam Dekker
A non-athletic talent I have is…: Playing the saxophone