Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Helena Bloohm – Bay Port track and field, cross country
By Rich Palzewic
Helena (HA-LAY-NA) Bloohm (BLOOM) is a senior member of the Bay Port track and field team.
She also ran cross country for the Pirates.
In her spare time, she likes to ride horses and take photos.
Bloohm plans to attend UW-Oshkosh to study nursing.
Name: Helena Bloohm
Nickname: Bloomer, camera girl
School: Bay Port
Sports: Track and field, cross country
Events: 400-meter, 800, relays
Parents: Matthew and MeAnn
Tell me about your family.
“I have a sophomore brother named Jacob, a sister Autumn who is a seventh-grader at Bay View and another younger brother, Joseph, who is in the sixth grade. My mom is from Chilton and my dad is from New Holstein.”
Do you come from a sports family?
“Jacob is a thrower on the track team at Bay Port, Autumn runs track and cross country and Joseph plays basketball and will run track. My mom was a track athlete and went to state and my dad was a skateboarder.”
Is there one sport you wish you had done?
“I would have played basketball and softball.”
Do you do any field events?
“I have tried some of the field events, but I don’t do one now. It would be fun to do the pole vault and live life on the edge.”
What’s it like having Vic Murphy as your head coach?
“He was my gym teacher at Suamico Elementary. You can definitely see how much he cares about the team. I like him a lot.”
Does a most memorable track moment come to mind?
“I’ve pretty much been between JV/varsity my whole career, so getting to run some varsity events has been fun. Last year in my 800, I medaled. That was my first time doing that – it was special.”
Which track teammate would most likely be early to practice?
You are the head photographer for the Bay Port yearbook. How long have you been doing that?
“Two years now. I don’t have any special training, but I love sports photography. I got a nice camera when I was 16. I’ll be taking some senior pictures of people, too.”
Does a favorite photo come to mind?
“I dove to the bottom of the Lineville Pool with a GoPro and had a swimmer swim over me. The girls’ state basketball tournament was fun. I also like photographing baseball and football.”
Tell me about your ability to ride horses.
“I’ve been riding since I’ve been 5. I did have one horse, but we had to put it down two years ago. I had a neighbor who had horses, so in exchange for chores, I got free lease. I’m pretty fearless when it comes to horses. My grandma used to ride at night bareback.”
Does a favorite family vacation come to mind?
“We are going to Captiva Island in Florida for the second time. My parents rented a house on their honeymoon there, and we stay in that house. It’s a lot of beach time.”
What three words best describe you?
“Motivated, detail-oriented, servant-leader.”
Is there something about you most people wouldn’t know?
“I’m really good at building forts. I grew up in the woods, so my siblings and I would go outside and builds towns and roads in the woods.”
How will you be remembered at Bay Port?
“Probably as the camera girl. Also, as a person who didn’t judge others and people could ask for help.”
Dogs or cats?
Spring or fall?
Read the book or watch the movie?
“Read the book.”
Chocolate or vanilla?
Strawberries or blueberries?
Book: Confessions of a Surgeon
Food: Ice cream or sushi
Candy: Super-dark chocolate
Sport to photograph: Baseball