Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Joe Steffel–Ashwaubenon boys’ swimming
By Murray Gleffe
Name: Joe Steffel
Parents: John and Jennifer Steffel
Activity: Boys’ swimming
Joe Steffel is a senior at Ashwaubenon High School on the boys’ swimming team.
Steffel finished sixth in the 200-yard individual medley and seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke as a junior at the 2019 WIAA Division 2 state meet.
He said French is a class he’d love to take if offered by more schools.
Talk about how supportive your family is.
“I’m lucky to have a great family. They have encouraged me to do my best and put me in a position to succeed.”
Who’s your favorite professional team?
“The Green Bay Packers.”
What’s it like to be a senior leader?
“It’s important to me I’m a role model for the underclassmen and the new swimmers who have less expertise in competitive swimming. I want them to have a good experience and time in the pool.”
What’s your most memorable swimming moment?
“During my freshman year, our team took second place at state. At the end of the meet, our team was awarded the second-place trophy. We were happy and excited.”
What’s the hardest part about performing in a swim meet?
“Getting over my nerves. They usually go away once I’m swimming or in the water, but waiting for the event to start can be nerve-wracking.”
What area of study in high school will most prepare you for the real world?
“Learning a foreign language is important.”
If you could be somebody for a day, who would it be?
“Filmmaker David Lynch.”
What are your strengths in swimming?
“My work ethic and leadership as a captain.”
Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
“I try not to think too far in advance, so I’m not sure.”
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
“I watch foreign films.”
What are your college aspirations?
“I plan to study film/filmmaking.”
Talk about a favorite teacher.
“I’ve had great teachers throughout high school, so I don’t have a favorite. They have all helped me and wanted me to do my best.”
What are your hobbies?
“I enjoy biking, reading, watching films and hanging out with people.”
If you could choose one emoji for the rest of high school, what would it be?
“The tired emoji.”
What’s your favorite type of music?
“I have a very diverse playlist, and I don’t restrict to one genre. I like Big Thief, Beach House, Weyes Blood, Joni Mitchell and Fiona Apple.”
Which’s your favorite television show?
“My favorites are Fleabag, Bojack Horseman and The Comeback.”
Favorite fall activity?
“Biking or apple picking.”
What two words describe you?
What’s the hardest course you’ve taken in high school?
Restaurant: Little Tokyo