Senior Profile: Abbie Kludt

I asked some questions to Abbie Kludt on her successful high school experience as an athlete and scholar. She shared her thoughts to me:

Sheldon Christenson
For the Record

She participated in volleyball and basketball for all four years and track three years. Her accomplishments and awards are numerous:
– Volleyball All-Region 7 Team (2018)
– Student Council President (2018-2019)
– Class President (2013-2019)
– FBLA Website Design State Champion (2018)
– Volleyball Roughrider Tourney Champion (2018)
– Basketball Roughrider Tourney Champion (2018-2019 season)
– 3x Basketball All-Region 7 Team (2016-2019)
– Powerade Region 7 Senior Athlete (2018-2019 season)
– Basketball Region 7 Champion (2018-2019 season)
– Placed 4th at State Basketball (2018-2019 season)

When asked who inspired her, she commented: “Coach John Butterfield and Coach Kelly Pierce were two of the most inspirational people in my life. As a young athlete, they both saw potential in me and pushed me as hard as they could. My parents also played a huge role in inspiring me because they preached on how rewarding hard work is in life.”

The best advice she was given as an athlete was to start using her right hand. And was also told the best point guards use both hands so it is nearly impossible to guard them. As a person, the best advice she was given was to trust the process and do not rush anything. Another piece of advice was told by Coach Pierce when she was in junior high; “Age does not define a leader. A leader is someone who inspires others and leads by example.”

She commented on some of her funniest moments in sports; “My favorite moment this year was singing “Halo” by Beyoncé in the bus before every basketball game. We thought it was our “lucky song”. Some others were Carolyn Schultz running down our lineups before volleyball, and then doing the same to the other team. Briana Sanford tripped while running out before a basketball game. My favorite memory was the Basketball Roughrider Tournament on Saturday, which is the ugly sweater contest, Coach Pierce came in a light up suit and tie.”

Her biggest disappointments were not getting as far as she believed the team could have in the Basketball State Tournament and not learning as much as she could have from the experienced players in the surrounding areas.

Her plans after graduation from high school is attending Dickinson State University and double majoring in Special Education and Business Education with a minor in Coaching.

She also added; “Do not try to be someone you’re not and don’t get discouraged when someone else is better than you. Everyone has different skills—take yours and perfect them because no player is the same.”

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