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Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Josie Nelson – Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran girls’ basketball

Josie Nelson was a senior member of the Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran girls’ basketball team. Submitted Photo

By Murray Gleffe

Name: Josie Nelson

School: Green Bay N.E.W. Lutheran

Parents: Chris and Lynne Nelson

Nickname: José

Activity: Girls’ basketball

Josie Nelson is a senior at Green Bay N.E.W Lutheran who played on the girls’ basketball team.

She said she’d like to be with teammates Mattie Zimmer and Bailey Scholz if they were stuck in a Category 5 hurricane.

Nelson recently finished her career by averaging more than 12 points and two assists per game for the 13-9 Blazers.

Talk about the experience of playing sports at a small school.

“I loved playing sports at N.E.W. Lutheran. Although it’s small, there are more opportunities because everyone makes the team. You make good friends, there’s good competition and you get a good amount of playing time. I wouldn’t change a thing about my experiences in the last four years.”

How does high school prepare you for college?

“It’s helped me develop good people skills.”

Movie in a theater or on Amazon Prime?

“In a theater.”

Who’s the most likely to be early/late to practice? 

“Steph Frappy would be early, and I would be late.”

What’s the hardest part about performing in a game?

“The pressure from the fans.”

Popcorn or Doritos? 


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

“Pat Sajak from ‘Wheel of Fortune.’”

What’s your favorite internet browser?


I am disappointed with …

“Taco Bell for discontinuing its best items.”

What are your college aspirations? 

“I want to get through college debt-free and have job offers as soon as I graduate.”

French toast or an omelet?

“French toast.”

Who’s given you some good advice?

“My middle school basketball coach gave me good advice, not only about basketball but also about life and making decisions that are best for me and my future. She was upfront and wasn’t afraid to tell the truth, even if it wasn’t what I wanted to hear.”

What three words describe you? 

“Fun, hardworking, passionate.”

Flying or driving with friends on a 1000-mile trip?


Describe a traumatic experience that altered your life for the better.

“A while back, my grandpa was diagnosed with cancer. Sadly, he couldn’t fight it. He passed away, and it was hard to see my family mourning him and his life. It made me think and realize I need to start cherishing the small things in my life before they’re gone.”

Where would you like to attend the NCAA basketball tournament?

“Walking around New York City at night after the games and seeing buildings and people with different backgrounds would be fun.”

Who’s your favorite player? 

“Milwaukee Bucks player Giannis Antetokounmpo.”

Favorite basketball move?

“The Euro step.”

Texas or Montana?

“Montana because I have family there, and I love the mountains.”

Do you have any bad habits you refuse to change?

“I cut my hair whenever it’s too long.”

If you didn’t play basketball, what other sport would you have considered?


On a Sunday morning, I can be found …

“At church.”

Ski or rollerblade?



Food: Sushi

Subject: Math

Color: Dark green

Television show: “New Girl”

Summer activity: Swimming

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