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Celia Nalbach, Neenah

FVA Spotlight: Celia Nalbach, Neenah Cross Country and Track and Field

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: Celia Nalbach

School: Neenah

Sports: Cross Country, Track and Field

Other school clubs/activities: Math Team, Key Club, National Honor Society, Student Council, Spanish Club

Parents’ names: Dave and Jackie Nalbach

Siblings’ names: Charlie Nalbach

Favorite aspect of your school: I enjoy the wide range of academic courses and extracurricular opportunities Neenah has to offer. There are so many great ways to get involved and meet amazing people!  Additionally I appreciate the teachers' dedication to helping their students learn. The Neenah High School staff does an excellent job at creating exciting learning environments, and I believe that Neenah's academics are incomparable.   

Favorite aspect about being involved in school activities: The irreplaceable friendships formed and memories made.  

If you have been involved in community service projects, which has been most rewarding and why? This year Aaron Kubiak (Neenah's other FVA Spotlight Athlete) and I helped put together Neenah's Homecoming Week festivities, which we called "The Momentum." Events such as a drive-in movie, bake sale, and cook-out took place during The Momentum to help raise money for Neenah's Special Education Program. After all the time and effort put into making the week come together, it was really neat to see the student body along with the rest of the community come together to celebrate Neenah pride and support a great cause!   

College or post-high school plans: UW-Madison

What is your desired major/career field? Chemical Engineering 

What is your favorite class? Human Bio and Physics 

Who is your favorite teacher? Mr. Frost, Mr. Hertting, Mr. Funk, and so many more!

Favorite book: Harry Potter (All of them!)

What is the best advice one of your coaches has given you? "YOU CAN HANDLE THE PAIN BETTER THAN ANYONE ELSE!" -Coach Heidke; "Just be awesome." -UW Oshkosh Men's Cross Country/Track and Field Coach Eamon McKenna

Something people would be surprised to know about me is…: I don't have my ears pierced, so sometimes I wear clip-on earrings to formal events.  

Favorite place to play on the road in the FVA? Titan Stadium

Favorite athlete to compete against in the FVA: Stephanie Rink (Kimberly) and Maggie Burneske (Appleton North) along with all of the other Appleton North and Kimberly girls. 

Favorite memory from being involved in co-curricular activities is…: Trying the steeplechase (normally a collegiate track event) this year. 

Favorite professional team: Green Bay Packers

Favorite professional athlete: Ashton Eaton

Favorite person to follow on Twitter: Alyssa Gruender (Appleton North Cross Country/Track runner)

A non-athletic talent I have is…: Jamming to Shakira