Coeur d’Alene High School
Coeur d’Alene High School senior, Jack Bloom, has learned how to be a hard worker from being a year-round athlete. The 17-year-old plays football, basketball and baseball while maintaining a 4.0 GPA.
“I learned many life lessons over the years from sports, but hard work is the one that I embrace the most,” Jack said.
Juggling each sport is a challenge, to say the least, as each has its own off-season training. But the relationships formed in playing sports make the work worth it. “My favorite part about sports is the bond that a player develops with teammates,” he said.
Jack’s dedication to sports and academics will fare him well as he prepares to attend the University of Idaho next year. He plans on studying for a degree in exercise science.
“As of now, I want to be a physical therapist because it will keep me somewhat involved in the sports world,” he said.
Lake City High School
Zane Monaghan is an accomplished varsity wrestler for Lake City High School. The 17-year-old junior upholds a 3.75 GPA in spite of the rigorous physical and mental strains the sport has on its athletes.
While he enjoys the challenges, at times he has found it difficult to recover from a loss and give full effort again at the next match. He’s learned from Lake City’s Coach Owen to never lose momentum in the sport—even when a match seems all but lost.
“The biggest thing I have learned from wrestling is to work hard. Even if you are losing, you can always come back to win. You just have to keep pushing,” Zane said, adding a quote from his coach, “’Little things win matches.’”
Zane would like to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and become an engineer. “My grandfather was an engineer, and he has been the reason I want to become an engineer,” he said.
Zane plans on attending the University of Idaho after graduation.