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Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Grace Cisar – Bay Area Ice Bears hockey

Grace Cisar
Grace Cisar is a senior at Notre Dame Academy playing on the Bay Area Ice Bears hockey team. Submitted Photo

By Murray Gleffe

Name: Grace Cisar

Nicknames: Crouton, lettuce

Parent: Amy Cisar

Sport: Hockey

Grace Cisar is a senior at Notre Dame Academy playing hockey for the Bay Area Ice Bears, a co-op team in the Green Bay Area.

She plans to attend college and become a mental health therapist.

After college, Cisar said she’d like to live in northern California.

Why are the Ice Bears successful?

“We play as a team and work hard together. I love to cheer for the girls when they do something good on the ice.”

What are your goals for the season?

“Give 100% on and off the ice.”

Who’s the toughest opponent?

“Fox Cities in Appleton.”

Talk about playing with girls from around the Green Bay area.

“There’s a wide variety of people on our team. In the end, we’re a family, and it’s an awesome opportunity to have friends from different schools.”

What’s your most embarrassing hockey moment? 

“During freshman orientation. When the new people on our team sing a song with headphones on so you can’t hear if you’re in the same tone.”

How important are sports at Notre Dame?

“Notre Dame has put lots of time into making sports happen this year. Everyone is involved, and the school likes to spread the word about games.”

What’s the hardest part about playing hockey? 

“Having a battle with yourself. When we’re playing a hard team and you feel like you’re trying your best, but you know you can do better.”

If you could be somebody for a day, who would it be?

“Harry Styles (English singer, songwriter and actor), because he carries so much power. You shouldn’t worry about what other people think.”

Ring in a goal from mid-ice or assist on a goal for a teammate?

“Assist on a goal.”

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

“I’m Irish, German and French.”

Do you have a ritual before a game?

“I take extra time to stretch, and I listen to music to get in the zone.”

A check or a key defensive play?

“A key defensive play.”

What’s the best arena you’ve played in?

“University School of Milwaukee.”

Talk about your head coach, Eric Widas.

“He’s an awesome person. He dedicates his time to the team. He knows what he’s talking about during games and practices, makes sure you know what’s going on and where you need to be on the ice.”

What are your hobbies? 

“Hanging out with friends and spending time with my dogs.”

What four words describe you? 

“Fun, active, caring, kind.”

A regional championship or getting to sectionals?

“Getting to sectionals.”

The coast or the mountains?

“The mountains.”

What’s another sport you could have excelled in?          


How do you want to be remembered at Notre Dame?

“As one of the only girls who played hockey.”

Favorite sound of spring?

“The birds.”

Biggest sports achievement?

“Varsity letters.”

Do you have plans to continue playing hockey after high school?

“I would love to play club hockey.”

Iced tea or lemonade?


Name three cities you’d like to visit.

“Paris, Toronto, Seattle.”

Favorite college hockey team? 

“Wisconsin Badgers.”

Where do you see yourself in 20 years?

“Being a child protective services (CPS) caseworker.”


Food: Chinese

Class: Child and Family (teaches about how to be a mother and how to deal with kids)

Netflix Movie: “Miracle”

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