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Nathan Diedrick, Kaukauna

FVA Spotlight: Nathan Diedrick, Kaukauna Soccer and Track and Field

Each week during the 2015-16 school year, 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: Nathan Diedrick
School: Kaukauna
Sports: Soccer, Track and Field
Other school clubs/activities: Math team, Jazz Band, National Honor Society, Ignition-freshman mentor
Parents’ names: Doug and Karen Diedrick
Siblings’ names: Klair and Meg Diedrick
Favorite aspect of your school: My favorite aspect of Kaukauna High School is the teaching staff. All of the teachers are genuinely interested in improve the education of the students. I feel that all of the teachers I have had care about my education and me personally. This has made learning at Kaukauna High School a positive experience that will benefit me in my future.
If you have been involved in community service projects, which has been most rewarding and why? The most rewarding service project that I participated in was the free computer classes for senior citizens through National Honor Society. Over three different classes I helped a senior citizen learn about computers and answer any questions they had. I found this extra rewarding, because I am interested in going into computers in my future and it was a great way to help members of our community. Before one of the classes the superintendent of the Kaukauna School District talked about how this class is about Kaukauna helping Kaukauna. This shows the importance of community in our city.
College or post-high school plans: I will be attending UW-La Crosse next fall.
What is your desired major/career field? I will be studying computer science, and I also plan on getting a masters degree in software engineering.
What is your favorite class? AP Calculus AB
Who is your favorite teacher? Mr. Meyer
Favorite youth coach: Andy VanDeHey - distance coach in track
What is the best advice one of your coaches has given you? The best advice that a coach gave me was about priorities in life. Dale Antoine, the varsity coach, would always remind us, when someone was going through problems in school or with their family, that is more important things in life than soccer, but soccer just gives us a place to not have to worry about anything else. This always made me feel relaxed in practice, because I didn't have to worry about my stress in school. It also showed me that family, friends, and education is more important than sports. I will use this in my future to remind me that family and friends are more important than my work.
Something people would be surprised to know about me is…: One thing that you people would be surprised to know about me is that I like to solve Rubik's cubes in my free time. I started doing it my freshman year, but I stopped for two years. In the beginning of my senior year I really started getting into it by memorizing more algorithms and learning to solve new cubes. I think it is a great way to keep my brain fresh, and it is a easy hobby to do when I don't have a lot of free time. I can solve a standard 3x3 cube in under 30 seconds on average, but my favorite cube to solve is a 4x4, which I can solve in around 1 minute and 30 seconds.
Favorite place to play on the road in the FVA? Kimberly track
Favorite memory from being involved in co-curricular activities is…: running in track with David Schmitt and Bryce Wiegert
Favorite professional team: Real Madrid
Favorite professional athlete: Paul Pogba
What is at the top of your “bucket list?” go to Spain and see "el clasico"
What is your dream job? Software Developer
Favorite person to follow on Twitter: Cristiano Ronaldo
A non-athletic talent I have is…: playing the trumpet