Name: Gracie Buchinger
Year in School: Senior
Sports: Cross Country, Track and Field
Other school clubs/activities: National Honor Society, Student Council, Link Crew, Leadership Team for Track
Parents’ names: Tammy and Ross Buchinger
Siblings’ names: Cade Buchinger
Favorite aspect of your school: I love the competitiveness at Kimberly High School. Every day I feel motivated to be the best that I can be not only at practice, but also in the classroom. A lot of students at KHS strive to be great every single day.
If you have been involved in community service projects, which has been most rewarding and why? It is a requirement through National Honor Society to participate in a service project each school year. Last year I volunteered at Pillars Homeless Shelter every other Wednesday with one of my close friends. This experience was incredibly rewarding as it taught me to be grateful for all of the little things in my life. Whether it be dinner on the table at night or clothes to put on in the morning, many people in the Fox Valley are not provided with these little things that most people take for granted.
What is your favorite class? Oil Painting
Who is your favorite teacher? Heather Schaefer
What is the best advice one of your coaches has given you? Coach Carper, my distance coach, has always said "last one is for fun" before doing the last rep of a workout. While this may seem insignificant to most people, this little saying has always helped motivate me. It can be difficult to finish hard workouts, especially when you get into tournament season. However, it is always important to allow yourself to have fun doing what you love even on your hard days. The last rep really can be your best one if you have a positive attitude about it.
Favorite youth coach: Donald Carper
Favorite place to play on the road in the FVA? Kaukauna
Favorite athlete to compete against in the FVA: Anna Fauske, Kaukauna - She is crazy good, but simply watching her run motivates me.
Favorite memory from being involved in co-curricular activities is…: Making valuable relationships with people that I would not have met if it were not for co-curricular activities.
Favorite professional team: I enjoy watching any professional running team compete.
Favorite professional athlete: Katelyn Tuohy
College or post-high school plans: UW-Oshkosh
What is your desired major/career field? Nursing
Something people would be surprised to know about me is…: I can solve a Rubik's Cube
What is at the top of your “bucket list?” I want to travel to an underdeveloped country during nursing school to provide medical attention for those in need.
What is your dream job? World Traveler
Favorite person to follow on Social Media: Lauren Akins
When I have a weekend off of sports, you can usually find me... Snowboarding in the winter and up north in the summer.
A non-athletic talent I have is…: Playing the piano