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Ava Hanson, Oshkosh North

FVA Spotlight: Ava Hanson, Oshkosh North Basketball, Cross Country and Softball

Name: Ava Hanson

School: Oshkosh North

Year in School: Senior

Sports: Basketball, Cross Country, Softball

Parents’ names: Jodi Hanson, Matt Hanson

Siblings’ names: Rica, Corey 

Favorite aspect of your school: My favorite aspect of Oshkosh North is the sporting events. 

If you have been involved in community service projects, which has been most rewarding and why? I'm in the Communities Program at Oshkosh North so we do a ton of different community based projects. The most rewarding project I was apart of was helping host the carnival games for C.A.R.E Days at Oshkosh West. My group and I hosted a corn hole tournament and we raised over $1000 to create games for C.A.R.E Days. C.A.R.E Days is a field trip for all of the special education students in Oshkosh that includes a track meet, carnival games, a petting zoo, a dunk tank and a ton of other fun activities. My group and I made around 20 different games and had our classmates help us with running the games throughout the day.

What is your favorite class? Adaptive P.E as a Mentor

Who is your favorite teacher? Coach Suess, Coach Danza, and Coach Leib

What is the best advice one of your coaches has given you? It's okay to make mistakes and I have to move on from them. I want to be perfect and when I make a mistake I'm really hard on myself. My coaches always tell me to move onto the next possession, next at bat or the next race. I can't let one shot, one turnover, one strike out or just one bad race affect me for a long time.

Favorite youth coach: Kiki Philips and Malik Thompson 

Favorite place to play on the road in the FVA? Oshkosh West because the atmosphere is so fun to play in. It's a tight gym and fans are right on the court which makes the game more fun. I like the feel of the smaller gym because it just seems louder and more energized. 

Favorite athlete to compete against in the FVA: Braelee Jodarski (Oshkosh West). Braelee and I play the same three sports and she's very athletic and competitive. We've been competing against each other since middle school. 

Favorite memory from being involved in co-curricular activities is…: I have a couple of favorite memories. My sophomore year we were playing at Oshkosh West for basketball and it was my first 20 point game and the atmosphere was unlike any game I've ever played in. We ended up losing in overtime but it was a very fun game. Another favorite memory is my junior year we played Appleton West at home and won and it was our first conference win in basketball since 2019. My last favorite memory was also last year when we beat Kaukauna at home on our senior night. We won by 15 and it was a very fun game to play. 

Favorite professional team: Packers and Dolphins 

Favorite professional athlete: Tyrese Haliburton

College or post-high school plans: I want to play collegiate basketball somewhere but I'm not sure where I want to go or what I want to do yet. 

What is your desired major/career field? Undecided 

Something people would be surprised to know about me is…: I used to show cows at the Waushara County Fair.

What is at the top of your “bucket list?” Stay in a overwater bungalow on the ocean.

What is your dream job? Dog Walker 

Favorite person to follow on Social Media: Caitlin Clark

When I have a weekend off of sports, you can usually find me... hunting in the fall and winter, or camping in the spring and summer or napping with my cat, Sunny.

A non-athletic talent I have is…: Napping