Witt made strides on both sides of field [UPDATED]Published 1:03pm Friday, June 1, 2012 Updated 1:51pm Friday, June 1, 2012
Growing up on a small hobby farm near Battle Lake, recent Ashby School graduate Jayden Witt excelled on the field and in the classroom.
Witt graduated on Sunday, and after a short summer, she will head off to Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Witt was involved in many activities in high school including football, basketball, softball, drama, band, mock trial, student council, yearbook staff and knowledge bowl.
“My senior year was really busy and hectic,” she said. “It’s strange how fast the time went by.”
Witt was the first girl in Ashby School to play football all through high school and was voted a captain of the team her senior year. She played special teams and cornerback.
“The guys were really good about it,” she said. “It was a great learning experience, and I have a lot of good memories.”
Witt’s favorite high school sport was softball. The team took second in their section last year. She had high hopes for the spring, but the team was knocked out of the playoffs by Parkers Prairie in the second round.
Perhaps the only thing Witt was better at than sports was accademics. She graduated as co-valedictorian with a cumulative GPA of 4.0 and has already earned around 20 college credits.
“The teachers are really helpful here,” she said. “The class sizes are small, so teachers can really get to know students.”
Witt plans to attend MSUM to major in biology for pre-medical. The school is familiar to Witt because her mother is an instructor at MSUM, and her older brother attends the university as well.
“I think I’m going to try out for the softball team,” said Witt. “If that doesn’t work out, I want to play club rugby.”
Before beginning her new life in Moorhead, Witt will spend the summer in the area where she will work at Zorbaz on Otter Tail Lake and Stub’s in Battle Lake.