Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Angela Heck – Pulaski softball
By Murray Gleffe
Name: Angela Heck
Parents: Mark and Jenn
Angela Heck was a senior member of the Pulaski softball team which qualified for sectionals in 2021.
She enjoys 80s music and sings random lyrics to anything people say that catches her attention.
What do you attribute to the team’s success?
“Teamwork – we all got along.”
What was one goal for the 2021 season?
“To make memories with my teammates.”
What’s the most satisfying thing you’ve done for someone else?
“I volunteer for an adult special needs religion class through church. I’m an aide for a lady named Denise, who has cognitive disabilities and can’t speak. I help her with certain tasks. For example, if we do a project, I do the cutting and she does the gluing. We communicate through hand gestures. She loves gaudy jewelry and hugs. She has taught me lots about how to love unconditionally and how to be optimistic.”
What’s your most embarrassing softball moment?
“My freshman year, I forgot my softball pants for a game. I ended up crawling over a wall in our softball storage room to get a replacement pair of pants because we didn’t have a key to get in through the door. My coach might be reading this – I wonder if she knows I did that?”
Would you rather watch a comedy or an action-thriller?
Talk about head coach Billi Jo Vertz.
“She’s a great coach, passionate and you can tell she loves coaching us. She doesn’t settle – she was always pushing us to be better.”
What was the hardest part about playing right field?
“Making sure I was always ready and on my toes. A right fielder might only get a few balls a game but always needs to be ready. I had to back up my other outfielders in case they needed me.”
What’s a volunteer moment that felt rewarding?
“I dressed up as the Easter Bunny at the Pulaski Easter egg hunt for the past five years. I love the joy on little kids’ faces when they approach me to give me a high five or a hug.”
Popsicles or ice cream?
“I love mint ice cream.”
A diving catch to win a game or a game-winning hit?
“A diving catch to win a game.”
What’s the best softball field you’ve played on?
“Betty VanLannen Field, the home of Pulaski softball. It’s an awesome field, and the dirt is red, just like the school colors of the Red Raiders. Opponents leave with red-colored cleats so they can remember us. The best part about our field is lots of amazing people in the community came together to build it.”
What are your college aspirations?
“I will be attending the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in the fall and plan to major in statistics and mathematics.”
What are your hobbies?
“I enjoy sports and being outdoors. Additionally, I like bonfires and hanging out with friends. I hope to have more time for those activities this summer.”
What five words describe you?
“Funny, positive, kind, outgoing, dedicated.”
Popcorn or pretzels?
Swimming or running during the summer?
If you didn’t play softball, what other sport could you have excelled in?
Europe or Australia?
“Europe. I hope to visit my friend Georgia who lives in Italy.”
Biggest sports achievement?
“Playing varsity softball and earning a varsity letter.”
Soda or water?
What three cities would you like to visit?
“La Crosse, Egg Harbor and New York City.”
Favorite college softball teams?
“Wisconsin and Alabama.”
Where do you see yourself in 20 years?
“I hope to have a job somewhere and enjoying time with family and friends whenever I can.”
Sports editor’s note: To read last week’s Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight on Sergio Garcia, CLICK HERE.