Nicolet National Bank Senior Spotlight: Maggie Nicholson – Green Bay Preble girls’ basketball, softball
By Rich Palzewic
GREEN BAY – Maggie Nicholson is a senior member of the Green Bay Preble girls’ basketball team and will play softball next spring.
Maggie, the daughter of Andy and Eileen Nicholson, is currently playing basketball under first-year Head Coach Lyndsey Seela.
“She’s dedicated and excited,” Nicholson said of Seela. “She’s got lots of experience, so I trust she’ll be able to help our team get better.”
Nicholson said playing during the COVID-19 pandemic last season was hard to deal with.
“For a good portion of the season, my parents, friends and family couldn’t watch me in person,” she said. “It was hard playing with masks, so I’m thankful we don’t have to wear them (while playing) this year. I’m also glad my parents can watch now, too.”
Nicholson, whose dad graduated from Preble and mom from De Pere, has two older brothers and an older sister.
“My oldest brother is in the military, and my other brother recently graduated from dental school,” she said. “They all graduated from Preble.”
Nicholson’s most embarrassing moment happened during a summer softball tournament.
“It was the championship game,” she said. “I was the winning run coming around third base, and I tripped and fell. I still managed to get up and score.”
Her most memorable moment was during her freshman year in De Pere at a basketball game.
“I remember watching the last 30 seconds of the varsity game, and we were down two points,” Nicholson said. “We won on a buzzer-beater, and I was dancing in the crowd. Later in the news, you could see me dancing.”
Nicholson was recently accepted into the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis but is also waiting on Marquette University and Loyola University Chicago.
“I plan to study mathematics, with the hopes of using that someday as a lawyer,” she said. “Someday, I’d like to be working as an attorney and hope to have three or four kids. Green Bay is a great area to raise a family and live, but I’m not sure where life will take me.”
Nicholson, who describes herself as dedicated, hard-working, kind and approachable, likes to paint, listen to music, run and hang out with friends.
“Most people look at me as only being active and liking sports, but I like quiet time and relaxing, too,” she said.
Nicholson has traveled to Ireland, Hawaii and Virginia but has a few other areas she’d like to visit.
“The Bahamas would be cool, and I’d also like to visit Spain,” she said. “I’ve taken Spanish, but I’m bad at it.”
With more than 2,200 kids attending Preble, Nicholson said the school can be daunting.
“My freshman year, I was nervous,” she said. “I used to be intimidated, but over the years, I’ve gotten used to it. Having a big school is beneficial. I hope to be remembered as a hard-working student who did her best.”
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