Quality Toyota Sports Spotlight: Nersten: Empire state of mindPublished 8:06am Friday, January 24, 2014
Kelsey Nersten is a senior leader on the basketball and softball teams at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy.
Life as a Comet runs in the Nersten family. Nersten walks the halls with her twin brother, Daniel. Her father also works at the school.
The Nersten family also moved to Fergus Falls from New York, where Kelsey was born, and still has family in the Empire State.
I talked to Nersten about her time as a Comet and her future plans after graduation.
Q: What other sports do you play?
A: I play softball in the spring.
Q: What is your favorite sport to play?
A: Basketball. I like the competitiveness and just how quick of a game it is. I don’t find it boring at all.
Q: What is your favorite subject in school?
A: It’s probably history. I just like learning about things that have happened in the past and things about our culture.
Q: What other activities do you do in school?
A: I’m in student council.
Q: Do you have any plans for next year?
A: I’m not exactly sure, but NDSU is kind of looking like my top pick. I don’t exactly know what I want to study yet. I’ve kind of been thinking sports medicine, but if not that then maybe become a teacher. It’s kind of up in the air.
Q: Do you have a favorite teacher at Hillcrest?
A: I like them all.
Q: What are three words you think your teammates would use to describe you?
A: Crazy. Outgoing… I don’t know what else (laughs).
Q: What sports do you like to watch on T.V.?
A: I like watching baseball and basketball.
Q: Do you have a favorite team?
A: The Yankees.
Q: Who is your favorite player?
A: Probably Derek Jeter.
Q: Do you have a favorite movie?
A: It would probably be Braveheart.
Q: What is your favorite moment in Braveheart?
A: I guess the typical part at the end when he is being tortured and he yells out, “Freedom!”
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would you go?
A: Probably Norway. There are a lot of Norwegians here and it sounds like a cool place.
Q: What would you do with a million dollars?
A: I’d try to be generous with it, like give some to my family and friends and whoever needs help.
Q: What’s it like growing up with a twin brother?
A: It’s been a lot of fun for both of us. I think growing up with a twin brother is a little different than with a twin sister because we can kind of be our own people in a way. Not that twins can’t be, but it’s easier with between a brother and sister. We’re really close, but we can both branch out.
Q: Do you have a favorite thing to do when you go back to New York?
A: I love visiting the city. That’s my favorite thing to do. It’s so exciting.
Q: What’s the best thing to visit in New York?
A: I think one of the best experiences I’ve had is going to Rockefeller Center during Christmas time. The whole atmosphere is just a fun time during Christmas.
Q: You still have a little bit of a New York accent, would you say you’ve held on to New York accent or does your family say you’ve picked up one from Minnesota when you visit?
A: I have a mix! Some words I say are a little more east coast, but there are still some that are more Midwest. It’s kind of just a mix (laughs).